PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia Phillies legend has passed away.
Phillies’ Chris Wheeler tells WIP Sports Radio that Dallas Green died Wednesday. He was 82.
Green’s family tells Eyewitness News that he passed away peacefully around 12:30 p.m. at Hahnemann Hospital.
Green has been at Hahnemann for the past month on dialysis battling kidney failure. He passed away due to complications of kidney failure and pneumonia.
The family is working on funeral arraignments.
Green is best remembered as the first manager to lead the Phillies to a World Series title in 1980.
“We mourn the passing of Dallas Green,” the Phillies said in a statement. “The Phillies have lost a great man and a wonderful friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Green spent 46 of his 62 seasons in baseball with the Phillies, most recently serving as a special adviser.
He spent parts of eight seasons in the majors from 1960 until 1967, pitching for the Phillies, Washington Senators and New York Mets. He finished his career with a 20-22 record and a 4.26 ERA in 185 games.
“The game lost a great baseball man today,” said Phillies Chairman David Montgomery. “Dallas held many different positions in baseball and his passion and love for the game was evident in every role he played.
“He was a big man with a big heart and a bigger-than-life personality. Having known Dallas since 1971, he was one of my first phone calls upon becoming Phillies president because of his perspective and advice. All of us at the Phillies had tremendous respect for Dallas as a baseball man and friend. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Sylvia, and his children, Dana, John, Kim and Doug.”
Former Phillies outfielder on the 1980 World Series team, Greg Luzinski, said Green’s managerial style worked.
“You can’t say enough good things about him. I know a lot of people thought he was rough and tough, but he was. That was Dallas’ managerial style and obviously it worked,” Luzinski said. “Off the field he would be the first one to buy you a beer and have dinner with you. His style was very successful for our ballclub and the results were there.”
Fans took to Twitter to remember the Phillies great.
Green also managed the New York Yankees and New York Mets. He also served as general manager and team president of the Chicago Cubs.
Dallas is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sylvia, four children – Dana Ressler (Mark), John (Roxanna), Kim and Douglas (Elin) – and five grandchildren – Holly and Hunter Ressler, Benjamin, Fin and Dallas.
Green’s granddaughter, Christina-Taylor Green, died in the 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that left former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords seriously injured.