Only two managers have won a World Series in Philadelphia, and Dallas Green was the first after nearly 100 years of baseball.
Green got his start in baseball with the Phillies as a pitcher after being signed as an amateur free agent out of the University of Delaware. He made his major league debut in 1960 making 10 starts and 13 relief appearances, and earning a 4.06 ERA as a rookie.
Bouncing between the rotation and bullpen Green went 20-22 with a 4.14 ERA in 167 games, the majority out of the pen. Both the Washington Senators and the New York Mets purchased Green’s contract from Philadelphia, but he only made a combined 10 appearances for both teams over two seasons.
Green made eight final appearances for Philadelphia in 1967 before retiring and entering the coaching circle. He joined the Phillies front office as an assistant to the great Paul Owens, and would later run the minor league operations.
Owens hired Green to replace Danny Ozark in 1979, and the rest is history. In Green’s first full season the franchise won 91 games and their first championship. Green only remained with the Phillies through the 1981 season before the Cubs hired him to be their general manager. The first manager to win a championship in Phillies history would depart after just 299 games with a 169-130 record.
Green would return to the dugout to manage the Yankees for half a season and Mets for parts of four years. Philadelphia brought Green back as a special assistant to the general manager until his death in 2017.
In 2006 the organization inducted Green onto the Wall of Fame and he remained a beloved face of the organization.