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We want Dallas!

Most Phillies fans don’t like the Cowboys, but we have a soft spot for the former manager.

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Here’s one Dallas we can get behind

Most of Philadelphia’s sports fans have one word on their mind today: Dallas.

That’s what happens when the Eagles and Cowboys meet up in a key late-season football game. With that in mind, I’ve decided to write about a different Dallas, and this is one that Phillies fans generally like: Dallas Green, manager of the 1980 World Series winning team.

As a plyer, Green had a six-year career, most of it spent with the Phillies. He was a member of the tragic 1964 team and unfortunately contributed to the team’s collapse by making one ill-fated September start in which he allowed five runs in 1.2 innings.

After his playing career wrapped up, Green tried his hand at managing in the minor leagues before joining the Phillies’ front office under Paul Owens. Green eventually rose to director of player development in 1972. He was presumably successful in this role as the mid to late 70’s produced some of the best talent in team history.

Despite that talent, the Phillies were unable to win a World Series, falling in the National League Championship Series three straight years. By 1979, the Phillies decided that they needed a change of pace from easygoing manager Danny Ozark. They did what teams often do when making a managerial change: Find an opposite personality. And when it came to his managing style, Green was far from easygoing.

The players didn’t necessarily like the change and there were multiple reports of clubhouse clashes.

Nonetheless, Green did what he was hired to do, and led the 1980 edition of the team to their first ever World Series title.

The 1981 player’s strike helped kill the Phillies’ chances of winning back-to-back titles, and after the season was over, the Phillies allowed Green to go to the Cubs to serve as their general manager. The team had some successes under his watch but were unable to match the championship Green won in Philadelphia.

After he left the Cubs, he was hired as the Yankees manager before the 1989 season, but unsurprisingly, he conflicted with team owner George Steinbrenner and didn’t last the season.

Green eventually returned to the Phillies’ front office in 1998, serving as assistant to the general manager, and other duties until his death in 2017. Perhaps the most notable thing he did during his tenure was clash with Scott Rolen, increasing the (unworthy) future Hall of Famer’s desire to leave the team. (Good riddance!)

Due to the Rolen conflict and his very old school approach to baseball, there are some newer fans who may not hold Green in as high regard as they should. But when it comes down to it, the Phillies only have two championships in their history, and Green was as responsible for one of them as much as anyone.

Now let’s see the Eagles go out and destroy the football team from his namesake city.