2 Road Days
Greg Luzinski is in uniform as a guest instructor . . . Today is Brad Lidge’s last day in a similar capacity . . . MLB.com carries today’s (Braves) and tomorrow’s (Orioles) road games live . . . Games at Carpenter Complex tomorrow feature two Class A clubs of the Phillies against the Pirates; 1 p.m. for both games . . . Phillies are hitting .194, lowest among NL clubs in spring training . . . Yankees lead all Florida teams in attendance; Phillies are second . . . Phillies home to the Yankees on Thursday . . . Phillies Insider ranked 20th among MLB Pro blogs cetegory last month, a move up from 23rd. Thanks.
Opening Day Countdown
20 days until the Phillies and Rangers open the season in Texas.
No secret who wore this number longer than anyone in Phillies history, Mike Schmidt, 17 seasons. When he came up in 1972, he was #22 as Roger Freed was wearing #20. Freed was traded after that season and Schmidt switched to #20. The number was retired on May 26, 1990. Prior to Schmidt, Ruben Amaro Sr. had the longest streak, five seasons. First ever to wear #20 was LHP Stew Bolen in 1932.
Spring Training Memories
Chuck Essegian (OF, 1958)
“My first big league camp was 1958 in Clearwater. Believe we stayed at the Clearwater Hotel, but not sure. Tommy Qualters, a bonus-baby, was my roommate. He was always chewing tobacco and I tried to talk him out of it. My number was 37. I had played four years of minor league baseball so I wasn’t really nervous about being in a big league camp for the first time.”
Spring Training Fun Fact
March 11, 1947–Phillies lose, 13-1, to Detroit Tigers in their first ever Clearwater game. Attendance was 1,766 at Athletic Field. Phillies manager Ben Chapman bristled after the loss, “I don’t intend to take any more 13-1 lickings. We’re playing every game as if it counted in the standings.”
http://www.phillies.com/alumni has added a pair of video features, one the tribute to the late Jim Fregosi and the other, a recap of Alumni Day. Check ‘em out.
Photo Gallery on phillies.com page also features a lot of still images from Alumni Day by Miles Kennedy.