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Brooklyn Dodgers manager Walter Alston, who has been in need Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Roger Craig, who pitched for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and later managed both the Padres and Giants, died on Sunday at age 93.

Craig pitched the first seven years of his career with the Dodgers beginning in 1955, when as a rookie he started and won the pivotal Game 5 of the World Series against the Yankees. Craig won three World Series as a player — two with the Dodgers (1955, 1959) and one with the Cardinals (1964).

In Mark Langill’s obituary of Craig, he notes the only surviving members of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers are Sandy Koufax and Carl Erskine.

Taken in the expansion draft by the Mets in October 1961, Craig threw the first pitch in the history of the Mets, and pitched for the Cardinals, Reds, and Phillies to round out his playing career.

Craig managed the Padres for two seasons (1978-79), leading San Diego to its first winning season, then managed the Giants from 1985-92, leading San Francisco to two division titles, including a National League pennant in 1989.

Craig was also a pitching coach for the Padres, Astros, and Tigers, winning a World Series with Detroit in 1984. From Mike Fitzpatrick at the Associated Press, “Craig was credited with teaching the split-finger fastball to Hall of Fame starter Jack Morris and 1986 NL Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott.”

Here are a few more obits about Roger Craig from the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.