Roger Craig, a right-handed pitcher for the Dodgers and Mets who became synonymous with the split-finger fastball during his successful career as a pitching coach and manager, has died at age 93.
Craig pitched in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons from 1955-66, logging a 3.83 ERA over 368 career appearances between the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, Mets, Cardinals, Reds and Phillies.
He was appointed the first pitching coach in Padres history in 1969 and later replaced Alvin Dark as San Diego’s manager in 1978.
Craig had a 152-171 record over his two seasons as the Padres’ skipper, but his most successful managerial run came with the Giants, who hired him near the end of their 100-loss season in 1985. Craig instantly engineered an incredible turnaround in San Francisco, transforming the Giants into winners and introducing the iconic catchphrase “Humm Baby” into the Bay Area baseball lexicon.