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Dodgers legend is in a California hospital after a second heart attack this month, making him the second former Dodger to suffer the same fate in the past year.
Former Dodgers executive R. H. “Skip” Wall told the Associated Press on Wednesday that former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley had died in 2002 after doctors discovered an aneurysm in his left ventricle.
The Dodgers made him their “Mr. Dodger” in 1989, and have had every chance to bring him in as a special assistant, but Bradley told the AP on Wednesday that “you can’t imagine the pain and suffering and sorrow that I’ve gone through these last few weeks.”
Here’s a look back at some of the Dodgers’ most famous managers:
Valentine began his managerial career with the Dodgers as a coach at their spring training camp in Florida in 1973. After being fired as the club’s GM by Frank McCourt in the following April, Valentine went to the Dodgers’ office and got his job back.
He served as the team’s manager for the rest of the 1973 season, and went 6-26 (.237) with the Dodgers the rest of the way. For his troubles, he was fired in 1974 and became a coach for the Houston Astros.
Gilliam, who managed the Dodgers from 1975 to 1981, led them to a franchise-record 594 wins in his first season with the team. He helped the club win world championships in 1969 and 1971, and was named the American League manager of the year in 1975. He also served as the Dodgers’ pitching coach in 1978 and 1979.
After two seasons toiling on the bench, Gilliam joined the Dodgers’ front office in 1981 as a senior adviser and the club’s executive vice president.