After a pitching career in which he recorded all his ML decisions for the Phillies, Dallas Green managed two Phillies farm clubs, served as an assistant director and director of their minor league system, and managed the parent club for over two years. In 1980 the 6’5″ 245-lb Green guided the Phillies to their first World Championship since 1915. “I express my thoughts,” he said. “I’m a screamer, a yeller and a cusser. I never hold back.” At the 1981 press conference marking his appointment as the Cubs’ GM, Green remarked, “I’m no Messiah, but I’ll guarantee no one will ever outwork us. When I hire someone he better work at it or hear from me.” In 1984 the Cubs won the NL East title, their first championship in nearly 40 years, based largely on strong years from former Phillies Gary Mathews, Bob Dernier, and MVP Ryne Sandberg. Green resigned after a 1987 last-place finish, but his rebuilding of the Chicago farm system paid off with a division title in 1989.
Hired by George Steinbrenner to manage the Yankees in 1989, Green rebuilt the team with GM Syd Thrift but was fired before the end of the season for referring to Steinbrenner as Manager George.