2 Different Roads
Seven years ago the Phillies drafted a pair of multi-sport high school athletes. Taking different roads, each is now a budding star in Philadelphia.
Say hello to Riley Cooper and Domonic Brown.
In the 15th round, they selected Cooper, an outfielder out of Clearwater Catholic High School, not far from Bright House Field. Cooper opted to play football and baseball at the University of Florida. The Texas Rangers drafted him in the 25th round of the 2009 baseball draft and he initially agreed to terms with the American League club before having a change of heart and returning to the Gators. He’s now excelling as a wide receiver for the Eagles, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Five rounds after they chose Cooper, the Phillies selected Brown. Ironically, he too, played the same sports. He was a wide receiver at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, GA, and had planned on continuing his football career at the University of Miami. Unlike Cooper, he chose baseball, getting a $200,000 signing bonus.
30 years ago, RHP John Denny became the ace of the Phillies who made it to the world Series. Denny went 13-1 after the All-Star Game to finish with 19 wins, the most in the National League. At the end of the season, he won the Cy Young Award. When we had a press conference to commemorate John winning the award, we had him pose with one of Lefty’s awards. Instructions for Denny: hold your fingers over Lefty’s name for the photo op. Don’t blame me for the tomfoolery. Vince Nauss, assistant PR director then, gets the credit.
Check out the photo and list of Phillies major award winners at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
60 years ago, a young core of the Whiz Kids could only muster a third-place finish despite being in the prime of their careers. You’ll find the story of the 1953 team in the continuing series of Phillies seasons that ends in a 3.
70 years ago Saturday (November 23), the Carpenter family of Wilmington, DE, purchased the Phillies. That story will be posted in the Alumni webpage later today.