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Dallas Green, MLB legend and grandfather of Jan. 8 shooting victim Christina Taylor-Green, passes away

Dallas Green in 2001. (Source: Tucson News Now) Dallas Green in 2001. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Dallas Green, a former major league pitcher and manager who was the grandfather of Jan. 8 shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green, died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Green managed the Phillies to a World Series title in 1980 and spent nearly 50 years in the game.

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"The game lost a great baseball man today," Phillies chairman David Montgomery told MLB. "Dallas held many different positions in baseball, and his passion and love for the game was evident in every role he played."

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Dallas' granddaughter Christina was the youngest of the six people killed on Jan. 8, 2011 when a gunman opened fire in a crowded parking lot near the intersection of Ina and Oracle roads.

The gunman was targeting congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was hosting an event to meet her constituents. Six people lost their lives and 13 others were wounded, including Giffords.

Just weeks after the shooting, Dallas Green spoke to Tucson News Now about the pain of losing Christina.

"You know, I'm supposed to be a tough sucker," Green said. "But I'm not tough when it comes to this."

"She embodied what's good about kids and what's good about growing up in the United States. She wanted desperately to be a little girl that loved doing what she did. Obviously her interest in politics and going to that function, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, hit an awful lot of people hard."

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