Former hitting coach DeMars dies at 95

December 10th, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have lost Dick Allen and two former hitting coaches from their title teams this month.

The team announced that Billy DeMars died on Thursday morning, at 95 years old. That made him the oldest living former Phillie. DeMars worked for the Phillies from 1969-81 and was the hitting coach for the 1980 World Series championship team. Following his retirement from full-time coaching, DeMars frequently visited Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., to work with hitters.

“Mr. DeMars’ passion for baseball -- and, in particular, the art of hitting -- was very evident to those who knew him,” the Phillies said in a statement. “The Phillies organization sends its condolences to the entire DeMars family.”

Allen died on Monday. Denis Menke, the hitting coach for the 1993 Phillies, died on Dec. 1.