The MGK family sends our heartfelt condolences out to the Green family and the entire Phillies organization. Dallas Green passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 82. He became manager of the Phillies in August of 1979 and took them their first world championship in 1980.
He spent 46 of his 62 years in baseball with The Philllies. Most recently, he served as senior advisor to the last four Phillies general managers. He held many titles and played various roles. He was a player, coach, manager, scout, farm director, general manager and team president. Dallas spoke his mind at all times regardless of what role or job he held.
Born on August 4, 1934 in Newport, Del., Dallas graduated from Conrad High School in 1952 and attended the University of Delaware until he signed with the Phillies as a pitcher in 1955.
“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.”
Dallas is survived by his loving 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. In 2011, Dallas and Sylvia lost their 9-year-old granddaughter Christina-Taylor when a gunman in Tucson, Ariz., attempted to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Shortly after losing their beloved Christina-Taylor, Dallas told the media, “I’m supposed to be a tough sucker, but I’m not very tough when it comes to this.” He admitted that he would never fully recover from the tragedy.