This season has already seen the loss of a great member of the Phillies family. Yesterday one more left us. Former manager Danny Ozark, third on the team's all time win list, passed away this morning at his home in Florida at the age of 85.
Ozark managed the team from the 1973 season to the 1979 season. In that time the Phillies became a power to be reckoned with, winning three straight NL East division titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978. The nucleus of the team managed by Ozark would pave the way for the franchise's first World Series title in 1980, even though some fans will still say that the 1976 or 1977 teams were better.
Ozark's record as a Phillies manager was 594-510 and was named the 1976 Manager of the Year by the Associated Press.
For more on Ozark click here for the official release from the Phillies.
"We're not out of the race."
- Danny Ozark (1975), when the Phillies were seven games out with six to play.
This was originally published on Macho Row.