Ashburn, Campbell & Crazy Postseason

Will he be the first?

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum last week announced the 10 finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for broadcasting excellence and Richie Ashburn is on that list.

The other nine include Billy Berroa, Rene Cardenas, Dizzy Dean, Dick Enberg, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ralph Kiner, Ned Martin, Joe Nuxhall and Jack Quinlan.

“Whitey” started broadcasting for the Phillies in 1963 after a 15-year career as an outstanding centerfielder and two-time batting champion.  He was on the air until his passing in 1997.

Should Ashburn win the Frick Award, he would be the first Hall of Famer to receive the honor.  Ralph Kiner and Dizzy Dean, two more Hall of Famers, are also finalists.

Sad News
Word came last night that Bill Campbell, the dean of Philadelphia Sportscasters, died.  He was 91.  He began broadcasting at an Atlantic City radio station when he was 17 years old.

He, Ashburn and By Saam were the Phillies broadcasting team from 1963-1970.

Soupy,Richie and the By

He was also the voice of the Eagles, Warriors and 76ers in addition to working for several Philadelphia radio stations.

Mr. Campbell was awarded the Curt Gowdy Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.  It is equivalent to the Frick Award, which Saam won in 1990.

Our deepest condolences are extended to Mr. Campbell’s daughter and her family.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Jose Cardenal (71), LHP Morrie Steevens (74) . . . Wednesday: 2B David Doster (44), RHP Jerry Reed (59), OF Mickey Harrington (80) . . . Thursday: INF Kevin Jordan (45), LHP Randy Lerch (60) . . . Friday: OF Pat Burrell (38), 2B-3B Placido Polanco (39) . . . Saturday: INF Ty Wigginton (37), RHP Joe Roa (43) . . . Sunday: LHP Sid Fernandez (52).

This Date
October 7, 1980
NLCS #1 at Veterans Stadium: Greg Luzinski’s 2run homer in the sixth gives the
Phillies a 31 win over Houston. First postseason win at home since World Series game
#1, 10/8/15.

OF Greg Luzinski

October 8, 1915
WS #1 at Baker Bowl: In their first World Series game ever, Grover Cleveland
Alexander throws a complete-game 8-hitter to give the Phillies a 3-1 win over the
Boston Red Sox. 20-year-old Babe Ruth, a LHP who had 18 wins during the season, is
used as a pinch-hitter, his only appearance in the Series.


Check It Out
Visit for more postseason moments for today and tomorrow.

And, Paul Hagen’s written a new “Where Are They Now?” feature.  Focus is on Luis Aguayo.

Crazy Postseason Notes
Anything can happen when baseball is played at this time of the year.  The unexpected often appears in this wonderful game. Just look at the postseason so far.

**Lester vs. Shields, AL Wildcard pitching matchup: final score 9-8. Lester gave up 6 runs; Shields, 4.

**Kershaw vs. Wainwright, NLDS pitching matchup: final score 10-9. Kershaw gave up 8 runs in 6.2 innings; Wainwright, 6 in 4.1 innings.

**Cardinals hit the fewest HR in the NL (105): they hit 3 in first 7 innings of their first NLDS game.

**Matt Carpenter hit 2 HR off a LHP in the season and has 3, 1 in each game so far.

**Royals became the first team to win 3 straight extra-inning games. During the season, they won 5 of 12 in extra innings.

**Royals hit he fewest HR (95) in the majors but won 2 games on homers.

**In the world of the expected, KC stole 12 bases (13 attempts) so far.  Expected because they led the majors with 153 during the season.  But, the unexpected also popped up when DH Billy Butler stole a base, his first since 2012 and sixth of his 8-year career.

**Orioles swept the Tigers in 3 games, facing 3 Cy Young winners.

**Orioles’ Norris started 3 games against the Tigers during the season, 16 runs in 17.1 innings.  In clinching game 3, 1 run in 6.1 innings.

**Giants and Nationals played the longest postseason game by the clock (6:23) on Saturday: 18 innings, 16 pitchers, 17 hits, 34 strikeouts, 485 pitches, 3 runs.

**Royals’ Brandon Finnegan pitched in the College World Series in June, drafted by KC in the first round, had 13 outings in the minors and seven in the majors, made the postseason roster, pitched in 3 games so far, winning NLDS game 2.

**Then, there’s the Giants’ Hunter Strickland, a 7-year minor leaguer who never pitched above AA ball.  He pitched in A and AA (11 saves at Richmond) during the season, had 9 scoreless September relief outings with SF, made the postseason roster, gave up 2 homers in his first postseason game on Friday and recorded a save in the 18-inning marathon the next night.

**The Angels became the first team to have the best record in the majors and get swept in the first round of playoffs.

**The A’s and the Tigers made hyped deadline trades.  Both are home watching.


Who Stays?

Who goes and who says.  That’s the burning Phillies question this offseason.

We’ve had the greatest era in franchise history, riding the core of Howard-Utley and Rollins.  No one in baseball history played as many games together as that trio.  Individually, each is the best player at his respective position in franchise history.

Will that trio be broken up? Who are the starting pitchers?  Who’s in the outfield?

There will be plenty written and said about changes this offseason. It is not an easy process, one that may take some patience as Pat Gillick has said.

The annual General Manager’s meetings will be held in Phoenix in November (11-13).  Then, baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego the following month (8-11).  Got to say San Diego is a great place to have “winter” meetings.

It adds up to an interesting offseason, one filled with rumors and more rumors.

Just Wondering
We’ve just finished the 50th anniversary of the Phillies 10-game losing streak that saw a World Series disappear.  I case you haven’t heard, the Phillies had a six and one-half game lead with 12 games to go. They then dropped 10 games in a row.

World Series tickets were printed but never distributed.

Well, this year’s Milwaukee Brewers led the NL Central for 150 days and then finished 24-34 and out of the postseason.

Just wondering if the Brewers have replaced the Phillies in the greatest collapse category.

Clearwater Baseball
Young Phillies prospects continue in the annual Florida Instructional League, a program Paul Owens began in 1967 after Carpenter Complex was built in Clearwater.

The last FIL game this year is October 10.

Baseball than takes a hiatus in Clearwater until February 19, the first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. Can’t wait.

Magical Moments
One of the magical moments in Phillies history took place on this date in 2008:

NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Shane Victorino hits a grand slam home run off CC
Sabathia to cap a five-run second inning that lifts the Phillies to a 5-2 win and 2-0 lead
over the Brewers.On base for Shane’s slam were Pedro Feliz, Brett Myers and Jimmy

Also on this date in 1916, Grover Cleveland Alexander recorded his 16th shutout of the season, 2-0, over Boston at Bake Bowl.   The record still stands.

Time of game for the shutout: 1 hour, 20 minutes.  Amazing.

Oh, he finished the season 33-12 with a 1.55 ERA. Amazing.




Runs & Strikeouts

Tweet of the Day
Jayson Stark,
“There were 3,561 fewer runs scored in the big leagues this year than in 2007 and 5,252 more strikeouts.”

OK.  Let’s look at the Phillies.  In 2007, they scored 892 runs; this year, 619.  Strikeouts: 1,205 to this year’s club record 1,306. But, hold on. Seven more teams in the majors had more strikeouts than the Phillies this season.

Unbreakable Records
Which brings us to some unbreakable Phillies single-season records in the wonderful world of runs and strikeouts.

Runs: most, 944, in 1930; fewest, 394 in 1942.  Last place finishes each year. Believe those numbers will survive a few more decades.

Strikeouts: record for most was 1,054 set by the 1950 Phillies.  It was broken in 2007 (1,205), matched in 2013 and re-written this year.  So, that record certainly isn’t unbreakable.

But, the fewest strikeouts will stand forever, 452, in 1924, seventh-place finish.  That club did it in 152 games and 5,366 at-bats. SS Heinie Sand was the leader with 57, which ranked as the third highest in the NL!  Seven Phillies easily topped that number this year.

Which raises the question: who the heck is Heine Sand?

Well, he was a 5-foot-8 shortstop/third baseman who spent six seasons with the Phillies (1923-28). A career .258 hitter with 258 errors at shortstop (772 games). But, he was the first Phillies shortstop to be involved in three triple plays, including one in which the ball was hit by Heinie Groh, according to Wikipedia.

Alumni birthdays
Today: 1B Jeremy Giambi (40), LHP Yorkis Perez (47) . . . Wednesday:  LHP Chuck McElroy (47) . . . Thursday: RHP Doug Nickle (40), C Matt Walbeck (45) . . . Friday: C Darren Fletcher (48), RHP Rich Surhoff (52) . . . Saturday: RHP Kyle Lohse (36),  RHP Tim Mauser (48), LHP Bruce Ruffin (51), LHP Dennis Cook (52), OF-3B Chris James (52), RHP Joe Boever (54), CH Jimy Williams (71) . . . Monday: RHP Robert Person (45), RHP Jay Baller (54).

This Date
September 30, 1951
CF Richie Ashburn goes 4-for-8 in final game to finish with 221 hits, the first Phillie to lead the NL in 18 years.  Phillies defeat Brooklyn, 9-8, in 14 innings at Shibe Park.

September 30, 1971
CF Willie Montanez sets a club rookie record with his 30th home run as the Phillies end the season with a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at the Vet.

1B, CF Willie Montanez

September 30, 1978
LHP Randy Lerch (11-8) hits two home runs and picks up the win as the Phillies capture their third straight NL East title, 10-8, at Pittsburgh.

September 30, 2007
Phillies beat Washington, 6-1, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League
Eastern Division title in last game of season as New York Mets who were tied
with Phillies for first place lost to Florida, 8-1. Brett Myers struck out two in a scoreless ninth-inning setting off a celebration.


September 30, 2009
With four games left, Phillies beat Houston, 10-3, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League Eastern Division title for third straight year and eighth overall.

Daily Phillies Flashback moments can be found at

Phun Fact
Larry Bowa got the first hit at Veterans Stadium and was the last person ejected in that stadium. Plus, he played in the last game at Connie Mack Stadium, first game at the Vet, managed the last game there and first game at Citizens Bank Park.

3:56 Ending

3:56. That was the time on the big clock at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies 2015 ended on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Cole allowed three hits and two runs to the first four batters he faced and wound up losing, 2-1.  He exited after eight innings without allowing another hit.  At one point, he retired 20 consecutive Braves. He finished the season 9-9 with an ERA of 2.46, lowest of his career.  He is the first pitcher without a winning record and an ERA under 2.50 since Orel Hershiser went 15-15, 2.31 in 1989.

Where’s the O?
For the second straight season, the Phillies finished 73-89.

Last year, they scored 619 runs, nine more than this year.  They gave up 687 this season, down from 749 a year ago.

Perhaps the most telling offensive note goes back to the March 31 season opener in Texas, a 14-10 win. In their last six games of the season, they scored a total of 14 runs.

On opening day they had three doubles and three homers.  Final six games, one dinger.  Same six games, 10 doubles, three coming from pitchers.

Oh, on Sunday, they had six singles, two by Cole.

Numbers of the Day
Ben finished with 184 hits (601 AB), matching Denard Span (610 AB) for the most in the NL.  Last Phillies to lead the league in hits was Lenny Dykstra (194) in 1983. Club record: Lefty O’Doul (254) in 1929.  Folks, that Phillies record will never be broken.

Jake struck out two in his one inning, giving him with 100 for the season (71 innings), the most by a Phillies reliever since 1983 when Al Holland had 100 (91.2 innings). Club record: Dick Selma (153) in 1970 (134 innings).

This Date
September 29, 1907, 1st game
RHP George McQuillan’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ends at 25 innings, a Phillies record for the start of a career.

September 29, 1915
The Phillies clinch first NL pennant with a 5-0 win at Boston, a 1-hitter for RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, his 30th win. It is his fourth 1-hitter and 12th shutout of the season.


Jeter Numbers
He ended his career Sunday with a hit, same as he ended his Yankee Stadium career earlier in the week.

His final numbers
3,465 hits
.310 average
1,923 runs
2,747 games
0 ejections

Tweet of the Day
Jon Morosi,
“For Derek Jeter’s final at-bat, the catcher wore #3. After, he shook hands with a first baseman wearing #5. Numbers of Ruth and DiMaggio.”

Looking Ahead
Phillies Insider will move to an off-season mode of postings on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the exception of vacation and holidays. 

It will all start tomorrow, September 30.


Fitting Jeter Exit


No more bus rides, Delta Charter flights, late arrivals in at hotels.  Yep, the Phillies road schedule ended last night in Miami, their 45th loss in 81 games across the country.

In losing two of three against the Marlins, Phillies hitters produced a total of six extra base hits, all doubles. Three came from Hamels, Kendrick and Buchanan.  It’s been that kind of a season for the offense.

Now, three home games this weekend with the Braves ends it all.  The Phillies will finish last for the first time since 2000

Number of the Day
2 For Derek Jeter who played his last game in Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.  His manager Joe Girardi, who was asked during the game if there were any special plans to remove Jeter from the game one last time, Joe responded, “Most fitting would be a game-winning hit.”

That’s exactly what #2 did for the Yankees with a walk-off single in the last of the  ninth, capping an absolutely brilliant career by one of the classiest persons ever to wear a baseball uniform in the major leagues. Well, it really didn’t cap his career as three games in Boston will end it all.  After the game, he said, in respect to the Boston fans, he will play all three games but not shortstop.  That was reserved for Yankee Stadium. Only fitting.

Thanks for the ride, Derek.

More Phillies Awards
Gordon Lakey, Director, Major League Scouting with the Phillies since 1998, will receive the Dallas Green Award for scouting excellence prior to Friday night’s game.  Lakey has been a scout since 1970.

Chris Wheeler will receive the Richie Ashburn Award before Sunday’s game. The award is given yearly to a member of the Phillies organization who has demonstrated the same loyalty, dedication and passion for the game as the award’s namesake.  “Wheels” has been a member of the Phillies organization since July 6, 1971, spending 37 of years as part of the broadcasting team.

This Date
September 26, 1954
CF Richie Ashburn finishes the season by playing in his 730th straight game, a Phillies all-time record that still stands. The streak began June 7, 1950, and ended when Ashburn failed to make the 1955 opener after getting injured in a collision with LF Del Ennis during a spring training exhibition game at Wilmington, DE.

September 26, 1976, 1st game
After watching a lead of 15 ½ games on August 24, 1976, slip to three games in three weeks, the Phillies clinch their first post-season title in 26 years, 4-1 over the Expos in Jarry Park, the final day for the Montreal park.

September 26, 1998, 2nd game
RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.

September 27, 1977
RHP Larry Christenson wins his 18th game and drives in five runs as the Phillies capture their second NL East title, 15-9, over Chicago at Wrigley Field, their 101st win for the second straight year.

September 27, 2003
Phillies beat Atlanta, 7-6, in 10 innings for final win at Veterans Stadium. Jim Thome hits the last home run and Rheal Cormier is last Phillies pitcher to win a game at Veterans Stadium.

September 27, 2008
The Phillies beat Washington, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.

September 27, 2010
For first time, Phillies win Eastern Division Crown four consecutive years as they beat Nationals, 8-0, in Washington with five games to go.

September 28, 1919
In the fastest game ever played in the major leagues, it takes the New York Giants 51 minutes to beat the Phillies, 6-1, at the Polo Grounds.  Most batters swung at the first pitch and ran the bases at will.

September 28, 1958
CF Richie Ashburn goes 3-for-4 in the final game of the season, a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh, to edge Willie Mays, .350 to .347, for the NL batting title.  The Phillies haven’t had a batting champion since.

September 28, 1983
C Bo Diaz has five hits, including two homers, and 2B Joe Morgan, four hits and three RBI, as the Phillies clinch the NL East, 13-6, at Chicago, their 14th win in the last 16 games.

September 28, 2003
Before a sellout crowd of 58,554, the final game in Vet history is won by the Atlanta Braves, 5-2.  Following the last out, emotional and memorable closing ceremonies are held featuring the 2003 Phillies and nearly 100 alumni, including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw. During the ceremonies, Schmidt raised the left arm of Jim Thome to signify the passing of the torch.


September 28, 2011
Phillies set club record for most wins in a season with 102 as they beat Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 13 innings. Charlie Manuel sets club record for most wins by a manager with 646, passing Gene Mauch.

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
**Sunday Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.



KK Does It All

KK virtually put on a one-man show last night in improving his career record vs. the Marlins to 14-3 (10-1 in his last 15 starts vs. them).  He recorded 13 outs on ground balls as the Phillies clinched the season series against the Marlins, 10-8.

He not only held Miami to one run in seven innings, but was a perfect 3-for-3 as a hitter, driving in the first run.  The rest of the Phillies had four total hits as the offense continued to struggle.

He finished the season with a career-high 199 innings pitched, a 10-13 record and 4.61 ERA.  Last year he finished, 10-13, 4.70.

Number of the Day
14 Well, that was the number of the day after the Phillies first road game back on March 31.  Yep, they scored 14 times that day in winning over the Rangers.  They have not reached 14 runs in a game since.

BBWAA Awards
Philly Chapter will present five awards pre-game Friday when the Phillies begin the final home series.

Steve Carlton Award (Most Valuable Pitcher): Cole Hamels.
Mike Schmidt Award (Most Valuable Player): Marlon Byrd.
Dallas Green Award (Special Achievement): Jimmy Rollins.
Tug McGraw Award (True Professionalism): Ryan Howard.
New this year, Charlie Manuel Award: Chris Wheeler.

The awards were instituted in 2004.

This Date
September 25, 1955
CF Richie Ashburn is hitless in seven at-bats in a season-ending doubleheader in the Polo Grounds but easily wins his first batting title (.338).

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):
**This Sunday (September 28) Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.



Familiar Story


Here’s something you’ve read before or heard before or seen before…..Hamels pitches well but gets no offensive support and Phillies lose.  Yep, it happened again last night in Miami.

41 times the Phillies have been held scoreless through five innings; 20 times, through eight innings and now, 15 times they’ve been shut out (three times for Cole).  Last night’s offense consisted of seven singles, a Hamels double and one walk. With the loss, Hamels’ career record against Miami fell to 9-14.

Cole is 17-22 since finishing the 2012 season 17-6.  Lack of offense has been consistent these past two seasons.

Number of the Day
52 Times the Phillies have scored two runs or less.

Woeful Wednesdays
Bad news, Phillies are 8-15 on this day.

Good news, Kendrick is starting and he’s 13-3 lifetime vs. the Marlins.

No 10?
Kendrick and Hamels led the staff with nine wins.  KK gets his last chance at 10 tonight; Cole in the season finale on Sunday.

Last time the Phillies didn’t have double-digit wins from a pitcher was 1996.  Curt Schilling.

This Date
September 24, 1911
St. Louis scores in the sixth inning to break rookie RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 41 consecutive scoreless innings streak, a Phillies record that hasn’t been matched or broken.


Book Signing
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**This Sunday (September 28) Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.


Remembering All-Vet Team


An All-Vet team, voted by the fans, was announced on this date 11 years ago.  Fitted with red pinstriped blazers, the honored players were introduced prior to the second-last game at Veterans Stadium, September 27.

Dallas Green was introduced first by Harry Kalas and then handed Harry his batting order.  Curt Schilling was elected the right-handed starter but he couldn’t attend.

Front row, left to right: Harry Kalas (MC), Juan Samuel (2B), John Kruk (1B), Bobby Abreu (RF), Larry Bowa (SS), Tug McGraw (RP).

Second row: Greg Luzinski (LF), Mike Schmidt (3B), Garry Maddox (CF), Steve Carlton (LHP), Dallas Green (MGR), Darren Daulton (C).

Hamels takes the mound as the Phillies open their last road series, two nights and Thursday afternoon in Marlins Park.  The Marlins come in the game fresh from losing four in a row to the Nationals.

Cole has been dominating this month, 3-1, with a 1.71 ERA.  Lifetime, he’s 9-13 vs. the Marlins, including one loss this season.

Bloody Sundays
Phillies lost their last 10 Sunday road games since a win on April 27.

Good news, they don’t open the road schedule next year on a Sunday.  Bad news, first road game is against the Mets, who man-handled the Phillies this season, 13-6.

Number of the Day
88 Phillies have grounded into that many double-plays, two shy of the club record for fewest in a season, set in 2009.

This Date
September 23, 1916
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 7-3 and 4-0 complete-game wins over Cincinnati at Baker Bowl and ties a major league record by walking only one batter. Almost a year later (September 3) he does it again, 5-0 and 9-3, at Brooklyn, allowing one walk.  Pitch count anyone?

September 23, 1945, 2nd game
Hall of Fame-bound 1B Jimmie Foxx, the Philadelphia A’s all-time home run leader (302) and now with the Phillies, ends his 20-year career in a 4-3 loss at Brooklyn. Foxx also pitches in nine games that season, a first in his career.

September 23, 1965, 1st game
RHP Jim Bunning’s fifth-inning strikeout is his 242nd of the season, breaking the club record held by RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (241, 1915).  Bunning wins, 11-5, at Wrigley Field.

September 23, 1983
A 6-2, 12-strikeout victory at St. Louis gives LHP Steve Carlton his 300th career win, the 16th pitcher in baseball history to reach that milestone.

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**This Sunday (September 28) Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

One More Week


With a week left on the schedule, there are a lot of “lasts” happening.

In the midst of their last road trip, the Phillies are 2-6 after losing two of three weekend games in Oakland, their last interleague series and last series against a postseason contender. Today, the Phillies have their last day off.  A week from today, they’ll all be off until next February.

Howard’s homer on Friday night was the first ever against the A’s, leaving two teams against whom he hasn’t hit one, the Angels and Mariners. There are seven ball parks now in which he has not gone deep.  One is Marlins Park were the last road series begins Tuesday night.

Saturday, Jerome Williams beat the A’s for the third time this season, an historic occasion.  You see he has three wins while pitching for three different teams, something that never happened in baseball since the turn of the 20th century.  Pitching in relief for the Astros, he was he the winner on April 21.  Pitching for the Rangers, he beat them as a starter, July 25.  Granted, the odds of pitching for three different teams against one team in a season are low.  But, it still is something special.

Giles received a 24th birthday present that same game, his first save in the majors and the first this season by a Phillie reliever not named Papelbon.

Burnett walked six Sunday but didn’t get the decision as the Phillies lost in 10.  He leads the majors with 93 walks.  Who is the last Phillies pitcher to lead the league in walks?  Glad you asked.  Would you believe Steve Carlton, 136 in 1974.  Phillies record (since 1900): 164 by RH Earl Moore in 1911.

Galvis has seven hits and seven RBI in the seven-game, seven-day road trip.  He leads the club with five extra-base hits, two doubles, a triple and two homers.

Numbers of the Day
7-13 Phillies interleague record this year and last year.

Checking Out Talent
Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel and Sal Agostenlli recently went to Japan.  This weekend they were in the Dominican Republic.

Historic Home Run
Thome is greeted by teammates following an historic home run. Find out the details at  I just love this photo.


This Date
September 22, 2007
Chase Utley’s first-inning home run paces the Phillies to a 4-1 victory over Washington. It is the last home run to be hit in RFK stadium.

September 22, 2008
Greg Dobbs sets Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at
Citizens Bank Park in eighth inning against Atlanta as Phillies beat Braves, 6-2.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: C Doug Lindsey (47), 2B Wally Backman (55) . . . Tuesday: INF Jim Morrison
(62) . . . Wednesday: RHP Carlton Loewer (41), LHP Paul Spoljaric (44) . . . Thursday:
RHP Rich Hunter (40), OF Dick Davis (61) . . . Friday: LHP Bobby Shantz (89) . . .
Saturday: LHP John Lannan (30), RHP Vicente Padilla (37), 1B Len Matuszek (60), 3B Mike Schmidt (65), INF Gary Sutherland (70), RHP Dick Hall (84) . . . Sunday: RHP Todd Frohwirth (52), C Ronn Reynolds (56), LHP Grant Jackson (72).

Book Signing
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**This Sunday (September 28) Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.



Weekend in Oakland

For just the secod time since Petro Park opened 10 years ago, the Phillies dropped a series (1-3) in San Diego’s home.

Last night’s loss was followed by a flight north to Oakland and a weekend series against the A’s, who are coming off a three-game sweep at home by the Rangers.  At the July 31 trade deadline, the A’s were in first two games up.  Since then, 17-28, and fighting for a wildcard berth.

The parade of lefty starters continues as the A’s will send out three in three games, making it five straight times the Phillies have faced a southpaw starter.

The weekend means the designated hitter for the Phillies and final interleague series.  The A’s have scored the third most runs in the AL and their 3.25 ERA is second lowest.

Numbers of the Day
6-6 Phillies record vs. the A’s; 2-4 in Oakland.  Last time the Phillies played here was 2008.

Final Road Series
Road games #79-80-81 will take place in Miami starting on Tuesday night.  Looks as if the Phillies will face a right-handed starter that night but another lefty the next night.

Historic Home Run
Thome is greeted by teammates following an historic home run. Find out the details at


This Date
September 19, 1959
CF Richie Ashburn breaks the club record for career hits (2,211) with a seventh-inning single off the first base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium.  Ed Delahanty (1888-89; 1891-1901) held the record.

September 20, 1987
3B Mike Schmidt hits 487th home run as a third baseman in a 4-1 win at Montreal to break Eddie Mathews’ all-time record.

September 20, 1992
After snaring a low line drive hit by 3B Jeff King, 2B Mickey Morandini pulls off the first unassisted triple play in Phillies history during the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh.


September 21, 1911
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander hurls his fourth straight shutout at Chicago.  Others were September 7 (at Braves), 13 (Dodgers) and 17 (at Reds).

September 21, 1964
Holding a 6 1/2-game lead with 12 games left in the season, the Phillies lose, 1-0, to Cincinnati as Chico Ruiz steals home with Frank Robinson at bat. The defeat launches a disastrous 10-game losing streak during which the Phillies fall out of first place.  Phillies drew 1,425,891, their largest attendance ever.

September 21, 1981–LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Bob Gibson as the NL’s all-time strikeout leader when he fans Montreal CF Andre Dawson in the third inning for his 3,118th strikeout.  Expos win, 1-0, in 17 innings at Montreal.

September 21, 2010
Phillies beat Atlanta, 5-3, as Roy Halladay becomes first Phillies right hander to win 20 games in a year since Robin Roberts in 1955. Halladay sets club record for most wins in a season at Citizens Bank Park with 12.


Book Signing
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.




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