Glancing Back, and Remembering Dallas Green
Before his success as a baseball manager and front office executive, Dallas Green was a spot starter and reliever for the Philadelphia Phillies for five seasons following five more years in the team’s minor league system.
Green was signed by the Phillies in 1955. He won as many as 17 games in a season in the minors before being called up to Philadelphia in 1960. That first season he went 3-6 (for the 59-95 Phillies) with a 4.06 ERA. He recorded five complete games and a shutout in 10 starts.
Green made 10 starts and 32 relief appearances in 1961, going 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA. He was 6-6 in 1962, and had his best season with the Phillies in 1963, going 7-5 with a 3.23 earned run average and two saves.
Over the next four seasons, Green would spend more time in the minor leagues than in the big show. He was 2-1 for the Phillies in 1964, and then made stops with the Washington Senators, New York Mets and back to Philadelphia over the next three seasons with no decisions. He retired at age 32 after the 1967 campaign.
Green finished his eight-year major league career with a record of 20-22 and a 4.26 career earned run average.