Thursday, March 23, 2017

1981 Donruss #415 Dallas Green MG

Yankees 7, Phillies 3
Spring Training Game 26 - Wednesday Afternoon, March 22nd in Clearwater
Record - 10-13-3

One Sentence Summary:  Vince Velasquez struck out seven, but the Phillies still dropped this game to the Yankees, 7-3.

What It Means:  Velasquez allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work.

What Happened:  All three Phillies runs were driven in without hits - two sacrifice flies and a ground out.  Cesar Hernandez had a two hit game.

Featured Card:  Dallas Green, former Phillies pitcher and the manager who led the team to its first World Championship in 1980, passed away yesterday at the age of 82.  Paul Hagen penned a fitting tribute to Green on the Phillies website, pointing out that 46 of his 62 years in professional baseball were spent in the Phillies organization.

I could be mistaken, but I believe one of his final public appearances at Citizens Bank Park was back in 2014 when he helped induct Charlie Manuel into the Phillies Wall of Fame.  Green himself had been inducted in 2006, and the two legendary Phillies managers are the only two managers (to date) to lead the club to a World Championship title.

From a Phillies baseball card perspective, Green's first cards can be found in the 1960 Leaf and Topps sets. He had cards in every Topps set between 1960 and 1965, and then he returned to the Topps sets in 1980 and 1981 on the Phillies' team cards.  He also had Phillies baseball cards in the 1980 Burger King Phillies and the 1981 Donruss sets.

The Phillies family will miss the man they called Big D.

Camp Head Count:  44

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