Former Major League Baseball manager Dallas Green died March 22 in Philadelphia as a result of kidney failure and pneumonia at the age of 82.
During his career of nearly two decades Green was the head coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and the New York Mets. Green was also the general manager for the Chicago Cubs. His nickname was Big D but the D did not stand for Dallas…it stood for decibels, because his booming voice could be heard all over the stadium. Green was a man who spoke his mind, which at times did not set well with others.
Before leading the Phillies to their first World Series victory in 1980, Green spent eight years with the Phillies as a member of the pitching crew. The right-handed pitcher played for the Phillies from 1960-1964. Green also played for the Washington Senators, New York Mets, and a second stint with the Phillies.
During his playing career, Pete Rose was one of the best in the game achieving a hit record that has yet to be broken, but in his long career Rose hit only one grand slam and it was off of a pitch thrown by Dallas Green.
Green joins Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra and Joe Torre as the only men to have managed both of the New York baseball teams – the Mets and Yankees.
In 1981 Green managed the National Legaue All Star team. He was awarded the Manager of the Year in 1994 and 1995.
It was Dallas Green as the General Manager with the Chicago Cubs that helped to bring lights to the last major league baseball park in the United States – Wrigley Field.
He was born George Dallas Green on August 4, 1934 in Newport, Deleware. After graduating from Conrad High School, Green was signed by the Phillies.
Green is predeceased by his nine year old granddaughter Christina who was one of the victims of the assassination attempt on U.S. Representative Gabreille Giffords at a Tucson Safeway market, he is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years Sylvia; children Kim, Dana, John, and Douglas; and five grandchildren.
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