Longtime pitcher, former Giants manager Roger Craig dies at 93

Roger Craig won three World Series titles as a player, two with the Dodgers and a third with the Cardinals

Former Giants manager Roger Craig, seen here in 1990, died on Sunday. He was 93.
Former Giants manager Roger Craig, seen here in 1990, died Sunday. He was 93. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images) (Focus On Sport via Getty Images)

Longtime pitcher and former San Francisco Giants manager Roger Craig died Sunday, the Giants announced. He was 93.

"We have lost a legendary member of our Giants family,” Giants president Larry Baer said in a statement. “Roger was beloved by players, coaches, front office staff and fans. He was a father figure to many and his optimism and wisdom resulted in some of the most memorable seasons in our history. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Carolyn, his four children, Sherri Paschelke, Roger Craig Jr., Teresa Hanvey and Vikki Dancan, his seven grandchildren, his 14 great grandchildren as well as his extended family and friends.”

Craig spent 12 seasons pitching in MLB, first for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers before short runs with the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. He won two World Series titles with the Dodgers, one in 1955 and another in 1959, and won a third with the Cardinals in 1964.

He retired after the 1966 season with a 3.83 ERA over 368 appearances and 186 starts. He held a 74-98 record.

Craig quickly got into coaching after his playing career. He was hired as the first pitching coach in San Diego Padres history in 1969. Almost a decade later, in 1978, he was named the team’s manager.

Craig stayed in San Diego for two seasons and went 152-171. The Giants hired Craig after the 1985 season, and he quickly turned the franchise around. During his second year in San Francisco, just two years after a 100-loss season, Craig led the club to a NL West title, its first in 16 years. He got the Giants to the World Series in 1989, their first appearance in almost three decades, though they were swept that year by the Oakland A’s.

Craig was fired after the 1992 season and finished with a 586-566 overall record. His 586 wins are the sixth-most in franchise history and the third-most by a manager since the team moved to San Francisco.