Whiz Kids Reunion
Seven members of the 1950 National League champion Phillies, best known as the Whiz Kids, will be part of the Alumni Night 6:30 pre-game festivities tomorrow night.
RHP Robin Roberts, LHP Curt Simmons, C Stan Lopata, RHP Bob Miller, INF Putsy Caballero, OF Jack Mayo and coach Maje McDonnell.
Father Time has taken the rest of the Whiz Kids, who won the pennant on the last day (October 1) in 1950. The Phillies were five games up with nine road games left on the schedule.
After losing back-to-back doubleheaders to the New York Giants, the Phillies headed across New York City to Brooklyn for the final two games and a two-game lead over the Dodgers. Brooklyn won the next game setting the stage for a season-ending nail-biter.
Roberts, then 23 years of age, was going to start, his third start in the last five days. Yes, three starts in five days, unheard of today.
Last of the ninth in a 1-1 game, Cal Abrams drew a leadoff walk. Pee Wee Reese singled Abrams to second. Duke Snider followed with a line drive single to center, Richie Ashburn came up throwing and nailed Abrams at home plate. An intentional walk to Jackie Robinson loaded the bases but Roberts retired Carl Furillo (pop up to first base) and Gil Hodges (fly to right). Extra innings.
Roberts started the 10th with a single. Eddie Waitkus followed with another single bringing left fielder Dick Sisler to the plate. He drove a 1-2 pitch off Don Newcombe into the left field seats for a pennant-winning, three-run homer, one of the most historic home runs in Phillies history.
Roberts had a 1-2-3 10th and was carried off the field by his jubilant teammates. Back in Philadelphia, Phillies faithful erupted.
Players of the Week
A pitcher from the Clearwater Threshers and a young Brazilian outfielder on the Gulf Coast League Phillies are the Phillies minor league pitcher and player of the week, respectively, for July 28-August 3: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080807&content_id=3267917&vkey=news_phi&fext=.jsp&c_id=phi