Roger Craig Apr 1991; Flushing, NY, USA; FILE PHOTO; MLB commissioner Fay Vincent (left) sits with San Francisco Giants manager Roger Craig (right) at Shea Stadium during the 1991 season. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Roger Craig, who had a long and generally successful career in Major League Baseball as a player, manager and pitching coach, has passed away at 93.

Craig was on the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955-1961. He was a part of the team that won the World Series in 1955, the only championship in Brooklyn and 1959, the first after the move to California in 1958. Craig later pitched for the New York Mets in 1962 and 1963, the first two years in team history. After that, he pitched one season each for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies, winning a championship with the Cardinals in 1964.

After his playing days, Craig became a coach and later a manager. He was a pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1984, helping them to a championship. Craig also coached for the San Diego Padres and Houston Astros.

He managed the Padres in 1978 and 1979, then later the San Francisco Giants from 1985-1992. The Giants won a National League West title in 1987, Craig’s second full season, only two years after the team lost 100 games, a still-standing franchise record. In 1989, he led San Francisco to the National League pennant, the team’s first in 27 years.

Giants CEO Larry Baer announced Craig’s passing on Sunday night.

When news of his passing broke, Craig was fondly remembered.

[Evan Webeck]

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