Dallas Green was the first Phillies manager to win a World Series
While his time in Philadelphia was brief Dallas Green entered our hearts and never truly left. Wednesday the collective hearts in the city of Brotherly Love broke with news of Green’s passing at the age of 82.
In his first full season as the skipper in Philadelphia Green won 91 games, and led a star-studded team to the organization’s first World Championship.
Green was noticeably missing at Jim Thome’s Wall of Fame induction last year, and Mike Schmidt reported his former manager he was battling an “unknown illness” during a broadcast.
Inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2006, Green was the first manager to receive the prestigious honor. Since then, only Charlie Manuel has been inducted onto the Wall primarily as a manager, while Larry Bowa is on the wall mostly as a great player.
Green’s 1980 team featured a multitude of Hall of Famers, including the great Michael Jack Schmidt and Steve Carlton. Also on the club was Pete Rose, Larry Bowa, Tug McGraw, Greg Luzinski, and Bob Boone.
Spending bits and pieces of three seasons with the Phillies Green compiled a 169-130 record, placing him 21st in wins by a manager.
Green followed up his time in Philadelphia with the Yankees and Mets, and had his only winning season in 1980.
The Green family entered the national spotlight in 2011 when his nine-year-old granddaughter Christina Taylor-Green was killed in Tuscon during the assassination attempt against Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords.
Many members of the Phillies organization most likely learned of Green’s passing as they left the field following a 7-3 loss to the Yankees. Bench Coach Larry Bowa is the only member of the current coaching staff to have worked with Green directly as a player.
John Kruk remembered Green following the game on Comcast SportsNet.
Expect the organization to don a black patch with either Green’s number or his initials DG.
Rest in peace, Dallas Green.