Dallas Green, the bearish, blustering, boom box-throated manager who in 1980 whipped a talented but complacent Phillies team to the franchise's first world championship, died Wednesday at 82, a team official confirmed.
Mr. Green spent most of his long baseball career with a Phillies organization that signed him as a Delaware high schooler in 1955. Over the subsequent 61 years, with notable interruptions in New York and Chicago, he would pitch, coach, manage, scout, and fill a number of front-office positions for the team.
A commanding physical presence at 6-foot-5, with a thick mane of silver hair and a voice that could penetrate concrete walls, Mr. Green seemed born to lead.
As a spot-starter and reliever with the Phillies, Mets and Senators, he was a hard-throwing righthander who never mastered his control or his temper. Mr. Green compiled a 20-22 record and a 4.26 ERA in his playing career from 1960-67.
"I was a 20-game winner," he liked to say. "It just took me five years to do it."
Before that career ended, he was a player/coach in the Phillies system. He coached and managed in their minor leagues until 1972, when owner Ruly Carpenter made him director of the team's farm system.
For the rest of that decade, Mr. Green, a favored protégé of general manager Paul Owens, oversaw drafts that produced what was then the greatest era in club history. With a nucleus of homegrown players, those Phillies appeared in six postseasons from 1976-83, winning five National League titles and the first World Series in their 97-year history.
With that championship 1980 team, Mr. Green earned an indelible spot in franchise history.
Mr. Green was added to the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2006. Two years earlier, the local Baseball Writers Association of American established the Dallas Green Special Achievement Award for "meritorious service" by a player or member of the organization.