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Dallas Green talks about his family tragedy

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: May 10 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 10 2013 10:11:19 PM CDT

Dallas Green talks about his family tragedy

READING, Pa. -

A former Reading Phillies player, who went on to help the big Phils win the World Series in 1980, is speaking out about his baseball career and about losing his granddaughter to gun violence. Dallas Green has written a book and Friday night he was at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Fightin' Phils are the main attraction at the ballpark. And Dallas Green a former Reading Phils player and coach loves everything about the game of baseball.

"I go to Philly every home game. I come to Reading, I go to the Lehigh Valley," said Green.

Fans will remember him best when he was a manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 and they won the World Series. He writes about his life in "The Mouth That Roared."

"I just love to try and make things better either through my knowledge or my big mouth. Sometimes it gets me in trouble," said Green.

The main focus of the book is his love of the game over six decades. And he remembers his start.

"I enjoyed playing minor league baseball and learning my trade," said Green.

Green said baseball has been good to him and he's glad he had it when his granddaughter died in Tucson, Arizona.

"I still think of her an awful lot and our family really had to work hard to put it behind us and go forward," said Green.

The last chapter of the book is about how Christina Taylor-Green died when she went to see Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords.

"Luckily, it was at the end of the book so I didn't tear up too much," said Green, "But, I can do that with the best of them."

His book doesn't venture into politics. But as an avid hunter and a grieving grandfather, this is how he feels.

"Congress has to be smart enough, both Democrats and Republicans, to come up with something that is liveable and will help protect our kids," said Green, "Our kids are the ones getting shot."

He loves baseball and his grandkids, including Christina's brother Dallas Green.