April 19, 1938— With the clubhouses located in center field, the Phillies (front of the band) and Brooklyn Dodgers (behind) marched in on opening day, the last opener at decrepit Baker Bowl. Phillies moved permanently to Shibe Park on July 4 of that season.
In that opener, 2B Heinie Mueller of Phillies and LF Ernie Koy of Brooklyn each hit a home run in first major league at bat in first inning of a 12-5 Brooklyn victory. Attendance was 1,000.
Amidst a lot of fanfare, a large trailer truck left Citizens Bank Park for Bright House Field back in early February. The truck was loaded with equipment for spring training, including sun flower seeds.
Tomorrow morning, a 53-foot truck will be loaded quietly. Three more games are on the Grapefruit League schedule and less gear is needed. Extra bats, baseballs, uniforms, jackets, helmets and caps will be loaded by the clubhouse crew. Various vendors visited the players during camp, supplying multiple shoes and gloves. Excess of both aren’t needed for three games so they’ll go north. Personnel luggage from the players, staff, broadcasters and front office will also be on the truck.
Sun flower seeds? Completely consumed in spring training.
Third and last night game of the spring is on tap tomorrow, 7:05 in Tampa against the Yankees. Busses leave at 3 p.m. The MLB Network will televise the game. Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will be on radio and leave Wednesday for home as they will not be broadcasting the Wednesday (Tigers) and Thursday (Blue Jays) Clearwater games.
Minor League Camp Notes
INFs Jim Negrych, Logan Pierce; LHP Kyler Burke, RHP Zach Cooper and C Francisco Herrera, Josh Ludy and Justin Dalles were released yesterday morning. Benny Looper and Joe Jordan had the unpleasant task of telling the players the Phillies didn’t want them anymore. More cuts will come this week.
Two Class A clubs from the Yankees will play the Phillies tomorrow afternoon (1 o’clock) at Carpenter Complex. Last games at the complex are Friday.
Wednesday: LHP Al Neiger (75) . . . Thursday: 3B Tom Quinlan (46), RHP Dick Ruthven (63), RHP Mike Jackson (68) . . . Friday: RHP Shawn Boskie (47) . . . Saturday: SS Juan Bell (46), RHP Tom Hume (61).
Countdown to Opening Day
7 days (or a week) before the Phillies begin their 2014 season at the Texas Rangers.
Ted Kazanski, who received a $100,000 bonus to sign with the Phillies in 1951, wore #7 for the most seasons, six (1953-58, playing in a total of 417 games). Bobby Wine is next with five. When the Phillies acquired Dick Stuart in 1965, he was given #7 and Wine switched to #13. Stuart lasted one season and Wine got the number back again. As a coach, Wine wore #7 for 10 seasons. One other oddity for this number, four different players wore it in 1940.
I’ll be signing my new book, If These Walls Could Talk, on Wednesday at Bright House Field from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Official publication date by Triumph Books is May 1. That’s when it will be available on-line and in book stores. Thanks to Larry Bowa for writing the foreword.