May 8, 2009 |
Danny Ozark, 85, the Phillies manager whose hound-dog face and penchant for malaprops sometimes obscured the success his teams enjoyed in the 1970s, died yesterday in Florida. Mr. Ozark, whose 1976 and 1977 Phillies won more games than any other teams in franchise history, succumbed at home yesterday morning, according to a team announcement. The cause was not immediately known. A longtime fixture in the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers' organization, Mr. Ozark was hired by the Phillies in November 1972, just as Mike Schmidt and a nucleus of young Phillies talent - Greg Luzinski, Larry Bowa, Bob Boone - were maturing.
September 28, 2011
Charlie Manuel (2005-11) 645 Gene Mauch (1960-68) 645 Harry Wright (1884-93) 636 Danny Ozark (1973-79) 594 Jim Fregosi (1991-96) 431 SOURCE: Phillies
May 11, 2009
For longtime Phillies fans who have suffered through many of the team's more than 10,000 losses, there was a period in the late 1970s when the Fightins' were perhaps the best team in baseball. The Phils won the National League East title three years in a row, starting in 1976, including consecutive 101-win seasons. During that great run, the Phillies manager was Danny Ozark, a low-key baseball lifer known for his Yogi Berra-like verbal gaffes. (He once said a player's "limitations are limitless.
April 20, 1987 |
Paul Owens made a lot of trades in his years as Phillies general manager, but he'll always remember the first big one, the deal that sent third baseman Don Money to Milwaukee in October of '72. The Phillies got two valuable pitchers in that deal, Jim Lonborg and Ken Brett, but it took some courage to let Money go. And it took a tremendous amount of confidence in a third baseman with two years of minor-league experience. "I was the only guy that knew I had Mike Schmidt," Owens would say nearly 15 years later.
June 26, 2011
AROUNDTHEBASES First base Congratulations to John Kruk for being voted into the Phillies Wall of Fame, an honor that has been bestowed upon only 33 people. Curt Schilling was also on the ballot and he probably stands a good chance of being voted in next year. Three men who already should have been inducted: Gene Mauch, Danny Ozark , and Jim Konstanty . Mauch, despite the infamous 1964 collapse, remains the winningest manager in Phillies history.
March 21, 1991 |
Phillies manager Nick Leyva gathered his pitchers in a semicircle around him in rightfield of Holman Stadium before yesterday afternoon's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He told them he understood that it was still the middle of the spring schedule. He told them he knew they were working on things. He also told them it was time to start putting the emphasis on getting people out. And then the Phillies went out and lost their sixth consecutive game, 7-5. Philadelphia is now 3-10.
March 10, 2011 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - Early Wednesday morning while addressing Chase Utley's nagging knee injury, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked how the Phillies might handle having to play without their all-star second baseman in the lineup. "That's why Charlie [Manuel] gets the big bucks," Amaro said. "He'll mix and match and try to put the right people together. " Exactly how Manuel plans to go about the business of filling out his lineup card without Utley remains to be seen, but more big bucks will soon be coming the manager's way. After the Phillies' 5-3 exhibition win over the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium, Manuel confirmed a report that his agent, Pat Rooney, is close to finalizing a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the Phillies dugout through the 2013 season.
October 23, 2000 |
There will be more than enough baseball fun to go around in New York for a while, but we wanted to have some ourselves, so. . . Welcome to the Daily News version of baseball's Subway Series, pitting Philadelphia A's and Phillies players of all eras against each other. And there's no telling who will show up to play, manage, broadcast or attend these imaginative, never-in-a-lifetime events. Some of the action might jog your memory, some might jar your funnybone. Either way, at least for the next week Philadelphia will be the second-best baseball town in America.
October 1, 2009
THE BILL that was supposed to go in the mail yesterday goes on top of the pile, above the ones that can be put off for a couple more weeks. Laundry doesn't become a real priority until that retro Penguins sweater is your only choice. And does anybody really renew their magazine subscription before at least the third LAST AND FINAL! warning hits the mailbox? It's just human nature. Urgent and pressing trumps the big picture every time. The Phillies won their third straight National League East championship last night.
August 2, 1990 |
Mike Schmidt has described it countless times, the influence Pete Rose had on his career. "I've described it a billion times," Schmidt said, pressed one more time in the stampede of 1980 reminiscences. "He was a positive influence on my baseball career from the day I first met him. "He always had something to say to me that made me feel good. One year, we were wearing white shoes, in '75, I think. "I was playing pepper with Larry Bowa and a couple of other guys, behind the batting cage.