Danny Ozark

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1978 Topps #631 Danny Ozark

Daniel Leonard Ozark
(Ozark Ike)
born Daniel Leonard Orzechowski

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 3", Weight 205 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Danny Ozark began his playing career as a second baseman in 1942 with the Dodgers' PONY League affiliate Olean Oilers. He served in Army for the next three years, seeing action at Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and in Germany. He was wounded in his knee and received a Purple Heart and five battle stars. Returning to baseball as a first baseman in 1946, he played that season for the Abilene Blue Sox and made the West Texas-New Mexico League All-Star team by hitting .325 with 31 homers and 142 RBI. He stayed in the Dodgers' system from 1946 to 1955 as a player, then became a playing manager from 1956 to 1959, and finally turned to managing full time in 1960.

Ozark was a Los Angeles Dodgers coach from 1965 to 1972. When Ozark managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1973 to 1979, it was the first time he had been out of the Dodger organization since 1947. He rejoined the Dodgers coaching staff from 1980 to 1982. In 1983, he became a San Francisco Giants coach, and in 1984, Ozark managed the club for part of the season.

His brother Norm Ozark was an infielder in the Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves organizations.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • ML Manager of the Year Award (1976)
  • Division Titles: 3 (1976-1978)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 2 (1976 & 1977)

Preceded by
Paul Owens
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Dallas Green
Preceded by
Frank Robinson
San Francisco Giants Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Davenport

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1956 Wichita Falls Spudders Big State League 76-64 4th Brooklyn Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1957 Cedar Rapids Raiders Three-I League 49-79 6th Brooklyn Dodgers none
1958 Macon Dodgers South Atlantic League 70-70 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1959 Macon Dodgers South Atlantic League 63-76 8th Los Angeles Dodgers
1960 St. Paul Saints American Association 83-71 4th Los Angeles Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1961 Omaha Dodgers American Association 62-87 6th Los Angeles Dodgers
1962 Omaha Dodgers American Association 79-68 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost in 1st round
1963 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 98-60 1st Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1964 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 85-73 5th Los Angeles Dodgers
1973 Philadelphia Phillies National League 71-91 6th Philadelphia Phillies
1974 Philadelphia Phillies National League 80-82 3rd Philadelphia Phillies
1975 Philadelphia Phillies National League 86-76 2nd Philadelphia Phillies
1976 Philadelphia Phillies National League 101-61 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost NLCS
1977 Philadelphia Phillies National League 101-61 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost NLCS
1978 Philadelphia Phillies National League 90-72 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost NLCS
1979 Philadelphia Phillies National League 65-67 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Dallas Green on August 31
1984 San Francisco Giants National League 24-32 6th San Francisco Giants replaced Frank Robinson (42-64) on August 4

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