To say that Dallas Green was an imposing figure was an understatement. At 6' 5" and with a voice that boomed naturally and became volcanic when he was angry, Green wasn't a guy you wanted to mess with, as many of his players found out.
When Green took over the Phillies late in 1979, it wasn't a job that he necessarily was meant to have for the long term. General manager Paul Owens decided to make a managerial change, firing Danny Ozark with the club standing at 65-67 on the season. At the time, Green was the Phillies Player Development Director and he was brought in basically to shake up and assess the Phillies clubhouse.
He did just that.
Green was pretty much hated throughout the clubhouse, but managed to get the team to turn things around, finishing with a 19-11 stretch under Green, who was then kept on to manage the team in 1980. After having Green lead them to a World Series Championship, pretty much every player admitted that it was Green who deserved credit for pulling the team together. There's no denying that Green was the right man at the right time.
After a disagreement with the new management group, Green headed to Chicago to take over the reins as the GM of the Cubs and promptly pulled off a deal with the Phillies, insisting that a young infielder named Ryne Sandberg be included in a deal. As we all know, that worked out pretty well for the Cubs. Green went on to manage the Yankees for 121 games in 1989, but didn't even finish the season. From there, he moved to the Mets and managed the team for 512 games over four seasons, but never came close to the success that he had in Philadelphia.
After managing, Green returned to the Phillies as a front office adviser in 1998 and remained with the Phillies ever since, spending 46 seasons with the Phillies.
As a player, Green spent eight seasons in the majors with the Phillies, the Washington Senators and the Mets. The big, right-handed pitcher made 139 relief appearances and 46 starts, going 20-22 with a career ERA of 4.26. Green's best season came in 1963 when he made 26 relief appearances and 14 starts for the Phillies and pitched to a 3.23 ERA with a 7-5 record.
Late in life, Green felt tragedy, when his nine-year old granddaughter, Christina, was among six people killed in a shooting in Tucson, Arizona that seriously wounded congresswoman Gabriella Giffords, the target of the attack.
|1||1979||Philadelphia Phillies||2nd of 2||19||11||.633||30||4||0||0|
|2||1980||Philadelphia Phillies||91||71||.562||162||1||7||4||.636||WS Champs|
|3||1981||Philadelphia Phillies||34||21||.618||55||1||2||3||.400||First half of season|
|4||1981||Philadelphia Phillies||25||27||.481||52||3||2||3||.400||Second half of season|
|5||1989||New York Yankees||1st of 2||56||65||.463||121||5||0||0|
|6||1993||New York Mets||2nd of 2||46||78||.371||124||7||0||0|
|7||1994||New York Mets||55||58||.487||113||3||0||0|
|8||1995||New York Mets||69||75||.479||144||2||0||0|
|9||1996||New York Mets||1st of 2||59||72||.450||131||4||0||0|
|Philadelphia Phillies||3 years||169||130||.565||299||2.3||9||7||.562||1 Pennant and 1 World Series Title|
|New York Yankees||1 year||56||65||.463||121||5.0||0||0|
|New York Mets||4 years||229||283||.447||512||4.0||0||0|
|8 years||454||478||.487||932||3.3||9||7||.562||1 Pennant and 1 World Series Title|