Former Phils manager Danny Ozark dies

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1990 picture, Singer Luther Vandross, second from left, poses with cast members, from left, Marla Gibbs, Alaina Reed Hall, and Kevin Peter Hall following the taping of a two-part episode of the television series &#34;227&#34; at Sunset-Gower Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. Alaina Reed-Amini, the Broadway star and TV actress best known for her long-running roles on &#34;Sesame Street&#34; and &#34;227,&#34; has died. She was 63. Her publicist said she died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at St. John&#39;s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. after a two-year battle with breast cancer. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Julie Markes&#41; (AP Photo&#47;Julie Markes)</span></div>
May 7, 2009 10:54:38 AM PDT
Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark has died at his home in Florida. He was 85. Team officials say Ozark died Thursday morning at his home in Vero Beach.

Ozark led the Phillies to three consecutive National League East titles in the late 1970s but fell short of the World Series each time. He became manager of the Phillies in 1973 and was named Associated Press Manager of the Year in 1976 after leading the Phillies to a 101-61 record.

Ozark had a 594-510 record in seven seasons in Philadelphia. A year after his departure the Phillies won their first World Series under manager Dallas Green.

Ozark is survived by his wife, Ginny, two children and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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