Fans Select 5 WOF Finalists
Fan voting has ended for the Toyota Wall of Fame 2013. Five consensus finalists as selected by the fans have been submitted to a special Wall of Fame Selection Committee who will select the inductee. The 15-person committee exists of writers, broadcasters and club executives.
In alphabetical order, the five finalists are Larry Christenson, Von Hayes, Jim Konstanty, Danny Ozark and Curt Schilling.
The winner will be inducted prior to the Friday night, August 2, game against the Atlanta Braves, an event that is part of a four-day Alumni weekend.
Final Florida road game today in Lakeland against the Tigers (ESPN TV) . . . Spring training ends tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays. Both teams will fly to Philadelphia after that game, separately, of course . . . Both teams will take extra players for the two-game On-Deck Series Friday and Saturday at Citizens Bank Park . . . Bicycles, suite cases, duffle bags and golf clubs were loaded on a large Allied Van Lines trailer this morning for a trip north . . . Phillies must submit their 25-man opening day roster by 3 p.m. March 31.
Annual spring training awards were announced on Tuesday: Bill Giles Award to LHP Jesse Biddle; Larry Rojas, SS Edgar Duran and John Vukovich, Manny Amador, Dominican Academy Camp Coordinator and Summer League manager in that country
. . . Four minor league teams break camp on Saturday. Clearwater has the shortest trip, the complex to Bright House Field.
Former head Athletic Trainer, Jeff Cooper, will be inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame on May 15.
SI’s Extra Mustard.com has a unique story relating to the 68 schools in the NCAA basketball tournament. They recognized a cool person who attended one of the 68 schools. FGCU, the Cinderella team, has Don Carmon among its famous Alumni. Von Hayes was listed for St. Mary’s College.
Sarge on the move? No, but during his playing career this time of spring training resulted in two trades. In 1981, the Phillies acquired him from Atlanta for Bob Walk on March 25. Three years later on March 26, the Phillies traded him to the Cubs in a five-player deal.
Newest feature on http://www.phillies.com/alumni is a listing of memorable Opening Day moments starting with the very first one in 1883. Included is a vintage photo of the 1938 opener, the last one at Baker Bowl. Check it out.