The Chicago sports world lost another central figure in its history Wednesday.
The day after Jerry Krause died, former Cubs executive Dallas Green passed away at the age of 82.
Green was the Cubs' general manager from 1981 to 1987. He was considered the architect of the 1984 Cubs, a team that went 96-65 and finished first in the division.
One of his most notable moves was acquiring Ryne Sandberg, who was a minor leaguer at the time, in 1982. Two years later, Green was named Executive of the Year while Sandberg was named NL Most Valuable Player.
Green was also a vital part in rebuilding the Cubs' farm system, where players like Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, Jamie Moyer and Mark Grace came up under Green's watch.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts released this statement Wednesday night.
"Dallas Green had an eye for talent. Our fans can credit him for acquiring and drafting several of the most accomplished players to wear a Cubs uniform, including Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux and Ryne Sandberg, as well as All Stars like Shawon Dunston, Mark Grace and Rick Sutcliffe. Green was not afraid to make bold moves in pursuit of winning and in 1984 led the Cubs to their first postseason appearance since the 1945 World Series. He will forever hold a meaningful place in Chicago Cubs history. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as we mourn his passing."