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Dallas Green, led the Phillies to the 1980 World Series Championship and was a mainstay of the Phillies organization.

Dallas Green, who had a long and winding career in baseball, passed away Wednesday at the age of 82. The manager of the Phillies 1980 World Champions had battled kidney disease.

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.

Dallas Green career stats - player
YearTmWLERAGGSIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
1960 PHI 3 6 4.06 23 10 108.2 100 54 49 10 44 51 1.325
1961 PHI 2 4 4.85 42 10 128.0 160 77 69 8 47 51 1.617
1962 PHI 6 6 3.83 37 10 129.1 145 58 55 10 43 58 1.454
1963 PHI 7 5 3.23 40 14 120.0 134 53 43 10 38 68 1.433
1964 PHI 2 1 5.79 25 0 42.0 63 31 27 4 14 21 1.833
1965 WAS 0 0 3.14 6 2 14.1 14 6 5 0 3 6 1.186
1966 NYM 0 0 5.40 4 0 5.0 6 3 3 2 2 1 1.600
1967 PHI 0 0 9.00 8 0 15.0 25 16 15 2 6 12 2.067
8 Yr 20 22 4.26 185 46 562.1 647 298 266 46 197 268 1.501
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Generated 3/22/2017.

Dallas Green career stats - manager
RkYearTmWLW-L%GFinishWpostLpostW-L%post
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
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Generated 3/22/2017.

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