One More Day

Yep, fan voting for the Toyota Wall of Fame ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday): www.phillies.com/wof.

Fans can select their top three choices from a 10-man ballot of Phillies alumni. A first place vote is worth five points, second place three points and third place one point. The top five fan consensus choices as determined by total points will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame Selection Committee that will choose this year’s inductee.

Induction will take place on Saturday night, August 12, prior to the 7:05 game against the New York Mets.

Camp Nuggets
MLB Security holds its annual meeting today, 8 a.m. with the major league Phillies and 5 p.m. with the minor leaguers.

TCN is televising this afternoon’s game vs. the Braves, TMac, Ben-D and Murph.

WIP’s Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie mid-day show will be broadcasting live from the Tiki Bar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Wes Helms begins a six-day stay as a guest instructor today, working in both the Phillies major league and minor league camp.

50th Anniversary

When the Phillies big league club began training in Clearwater in 1947, their minor league camps were all over the south. In 1966, the Class A teams trained in Leesburg, FL, while AA and AAA teams were in Dade City, FL.

Paul Owens, then the Director of Minor Leagues and Scouting, had a vision, a training facility in Clearwater for all the minor league players. His vision included a large clubhouse in the middle, surrounded by four fields. Owens convinced owner Bob Carpenter and the City to build a new facility sandwiched between Old Coachman Road and Route 19.

Carpenter Complex opened 50 years ago today.

My 1st Spring Training
Mike Schmidt
My first minor league camp was in 1972 at Carpenter Complex. Have no idea of my uniform number. We stayed at the old West Coast Hotel in downtown Clearwater. The following spring I was in the big league camp at Jack Russell and my number was 22.

More New Décor

Tug McGraw’s memorable leap after his strikeout gave the Phillies their first World Championship in 1980 is among the new graphics in the team’s clubhouse area at Spectrum Field.

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