The St. Louis Cardinals announced that outfielder David Green has passed away at age 61. Green impacted the 1980s Cardinals in three significant ways.
David Green, a once gifted and natural baseball talent, passed away in St. Louis due to respiratory failure. The 61-year old reportedly had suffered from heart issues in recent years.
Green is known to most Cardinals fans as an outfielder on the 1982 World Series Championship team. He is now the fourth member of that team to pass, after Darrell Porter, Bob Forsch and Joaquin Andujar.
The 6-foot-3, 170 pound right-handed bat brought speed, defensive acumen and the potential ability to spray the ball to all outfields. At the time, a perfect fit for Whitey Herzog’s 80s Cardinals teams.
Although Green never lived up to his potential as a baseball player, he did impact the St. Louis Cardinals in three ways. Two were through trades and one was due to an injury. All three were consequential for the future of the 1980s Cardinals.