Right-hander Roger Craig, who won three World Series titles and then managed the San Francisco Giants to win the National League pennant, died Sunday, the team announced. He was 93.
Craig won two of his titles during his seven-year stint with the Dodgers, the first three in Brooklyn before the team moved to Los Angeles starting the 1958 season. The third crown came in 1964, a season His award with St. Louis Cardinals.
He also featured for the New York Mets in their first two seasons in 1962-63, and after a year at St. Louis, he appeared in a total of 54 games against the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies in 1965-66.
Craig led the NL with four losses in 1959, the second of his title-winning season with the Dodgers. He went 11-5 with an ERA 2.06. His only other sub 3.00 ERA came in the 1955 rookie season, once again contributing to the World Series championship team.
In seven World Series games, including four starts, Craig won 2-2 with a 6.49 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.
Craig, known for teaching pitchers how to pitch quickly with two fingers, managed the San Diego Padres for two 1978-79 seasons. In 1985, he began eight years of competition as captain of the Giants, scoring 586-566 and reaching the World Championships in 1989. The Giants were caught up in the Flying series. Area versus Oakland Athletics.
In a statement from Giants, chairman Larry Baer called Craig “a legendary member of our Giants family. Roger is beloved by the players, coaches, office staff and fans. He was a father to many and his optimism and wisdom led to some of the most memorable seasons in our history.”