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A Phillies Legend Gone: Danny Ozark (1923-2009)

Published by on May 7, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The Phillies lost another legend today.  Danny Ozark, the hound-faced manager of the ‘73- ‘79 Fightins died this morning, at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 85.

When Ozark arrived in Philadelphia, the team was in last place and in dire need of a turnaround.  Ozark met the Philadelphia media for a press conference upon his arrival.  When asked how excited he was to get his first big-league managerial position, Ozark replied, “I wasn’t overly excited.  I didn’t jump up and shout ‘Whoopee!’”

And that set the tone of Ozark’s attitude—"unexcitable."

In Ozark’s first three seasons, the team showed steady improvement. ...

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