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Former MLB Manager Danny Ozark dead at 85

He helped to mold the Philadelphia Phillies into one of the best teams in baseball from the late 70′s to early 80′s. RIP

Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark has died at his home in Florida. He was 85.

Team officials say Ozark died Thursday morning at his home in Vero Beach.

Ozark led the Phillies to three consecutive National League East titles in the late 1970s but fell short of the World Series each time. He became manager of the Phillies in 1973 and was named Associated Press Manager of the Year in 1976 after leading the Phillies to a 101-61 record.

Ozark had a 594-510 record in seven seasons in Philadelphia. A year after his departure the Phillies won their first World Series under manager Dallas Green.

The AP obituary was very incomplete, maybe because the news of Ozark passing away just happened. What wasn’t reported by AP-

Ozark also managed the San Francisco Giants
He was a minor league player, who never made it to the big leagues, before becoming a coach and manager.
Ozark was one of the many baseball managers who came out of the Brooklyn/LA Dodger organization. Before and after he managed the Phillies, Ozark was a member of the LA Dodgers coaching staff.

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