Gene Mauch, perhaps the most snakebitten manager ever, died on Monday at the age of 79. He is best known in Philly for being the manager of that infamous 1964 team, the team that choked away a 6.5 game lead with two weeks left in the season. That must have been so incredible, a Phillies team leading the division later than May. I can’t really imagine it. Here’s a short article in the City paper defending Mauch. Here’s a copy of an article written in the Inky last year, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Collapse.