Sales are booming

Good news, the equipment truck arrived on time in Clearwater on Sunday and the clubhouse crew is busy organizing the lockers for 59 players that will be in camp.  It all starts on Monday with pitchers and catchers.

Meanwhile, ticket sales are booming in both in Philly and Clearwater. 

3-game pack plans went on sale today in Philly.  “Between our sold-out season ticket base of 28,500, group sales and 6-game pack sales to date, we’ve already sold 3.1 million tickets for the season,” explained John Weber, VP of Sales and Ticket Operations.  “Our remaining inventory is limited and we encourage fans to take advantage of these game packs while they last.”

Down in Clearwater, ticket sales have topped 108,000, which is 20,000 ahead of last year’s record pace. 

Just think, 10 years ago, the Phillies drew 1,782,045 at the Vet.  The spring, the total attendance in Clearwater’s Jack Russell Stadium was 60,019.

Special Alumni Birthdays
Tomorrow, RHP Freddy Schmidt and 2B Ford Mullen.

Schmidt, who pitched for the Phillies in 1947, will turn 95, making him the third oldest Phillie (Alex Pitko is 96 and Nick Strincevich, 96 on March 1).

Mullen, nicknamed “Moon” by a Philadelphia sportswriter in 1944, the only season in which he wore a Phillies uniform.  He’ll be 94.

Late last month, Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, wrote a feature on Mullen, who lives in Stanwood, WA, and who is the oldest living major leaguer in that state.   He and his wife, Jessie, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last November. 

Mullen’s salary with the Phillies was $5,000.00.  Playing minor league baseball for the Seattle Rainiers, he and Jessie picked up the Seattle newspaper one morning in September 1943 and saw a headline, “Mullen sold to the Phillies.”  “We didn’t know anything about it,” he told Larry Stone.  He was the Phillies regular second baseman in 1944 and then was drafted following that season.  He never played in the majors again.

Thanks to Larry Stone, we were able to come up with an address for Mullen.  We hadn’t been able to locate him.  Last year, we sent a Phillies jersey to each Alumni 90 or older.  Happy to report a Mullen #2 Phillies jersey is due to arrive today as a special Happy Birthday.

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