CLEARWATER, Fla. – Dallas Green, former Philadelphia Phillies manager who led the team to their first World Series win, died on Wednesday.
“There are very few people who are more synonymous with the Phillies than Dallas,” said Phillies Chairman David Montgomery.
Green was signed as a high school student in 1955. He spent 46 of his 62 years in the Major Leagues with the Phillies. He pitched for six seasons.
In 1979 he took over as manager for the Phillies and led the team to their first World Series win in 1980. Even at the time of his death, he was active in the Phillies franchise as a senior adviser to the general manager.
In addition to his time with the Phillies, Green managed the Chicago Cubs and led them to their first post-season appearance since 1945 in 1984. He went on to manage both the New York Yankee and the New York Mets.
Green is most often remembered, though, for his boisterous nature and 6-foot-5-inch stature.
“He was a big man with a big booming voice, a big shock of grey hair. He was one of those guys that owned every room he walked in, that people wanted to be around. He was funny, he was profane, and he was a great baseball man,” said MLB columnist Richard Justice
A teary eyed Montgomery offered a message of comfort to friends and fans mourning the loss of Green, “He would want us to move on because for him the most important thing for all of us in the game was the game itself.”
Green died at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia of kidney disease. He was 82.