May 8, 2013 - Eastern League (EL) - Reading Fightin Phils
READING, Pa.---Reading Baseball Hall of Famer Dallas Green will be making a visit to Baseballtown this Friday to promote his autobiography, "The Mouth That Roared: My Six Outspoken Decades in Baseball". In addition to addressing the fans prior to Friday's game against the Akron Aeros, Green will be signing copies of his book in the Mitchell & Ness Team Store at the start of the game. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the team store.
Written with award-winning journalist Alan Maimon, Green's first book features stories ranging from profanity-laced clubhouse tirades and outspoken opinions on the state of the game to tears at an emotional funeral for his murdered granddaughter. In his nearly 60 years in baseball as a pitcher, manager, general manager, scout, team president, among others, Green offers his fans a chance to look behind-the-scenes of the life and career of the larger-than-life baseball personality.
In addition to stories from Green's career, "The Mouth That Roared" includes personal reflections about his granddaughter Christina Taylor-Green, who was shot and killed by a deranged stalker in Tucson, Arizona during the failed assassination attempt on the life of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Understanding that his granddaughter's too-soon death would change him forever, Green discusses how, in the wake of her passing, baseball became a coping mechanism for him.
A former major league pitcher for the Phillies (1960-64; 1967), Washington Senators (1965), and New York Mets (1966), Green played and coached with the Reading Phillies during the team's inaugural season in 1967. The next season, Green would embark on his managerial career with single-A Huron in 1968.
He joined the Philadelphia front office in 1970 as an assistant to general manager Paul Owens where he was promoted to director of minor leagues in 1972. The Delaware native was named the team's manager late in the 1979 season, replacing Danny Ozark. During the following season, Green became the 17th rookie major league manager to take his club to the World Series and the fourth to win it, leading the Phillies to their first world championship.
After his career with the Phillies, Green went on to become to general manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1982 and was team president from 1985-87. He also was just the fourth manager to head both the New York Yankees (1989) and the New York Mets (1993-1996).
Green returned to the Phillies organization in 1998 as senior advisor to the general manager, a role he still holds. He has advised three general managers-Ed Wade (1998-2005), Pat Gillick (2006-08), and Ruben Amaro Jr. (2009-current). A member of the Phillies Wall of Fame, Green is also the namesake of an award presented annually to a Phillies scout.