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Former Phillies Manager Danny Ozark Dies

Former Phillies manager Danny Ozark has died at age 85.

Considered one of the greatest managers in Phillies history, Ozark took the helm in 1973, inheriting young players and molding them into stars. With Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Greg Luzinski, Bob Boone and others, Ozark created a team that would own the National League East in the late 1970s.

He won three consecutive division titles, though losing each year in the National League Championship Series. He finished with a record of 594-510 as Phils skipper.

Ozark was born Nov. 24, 1923, and played as a minor league first baseman in the Dodgers system before turning to coaching. He died at his home in Vero Beach, Fla.

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