June 2006

This Date in Phillies History

OK, we’re going to try something: This Week in Phillies History.  Perhaps it is interesting, perhaps it is very boring.  You will be the judge from responses that will bounce this way.

Thanks for reading and here goes:

June 5
1993 Tommy Greene wins 8th straight, best start since Steve Carlton went 8-0 in 1981.  Last Phillies RHP to begin 8360: Bob Miller, 1950.  Grover Alexander holds club record, 10-0, 1913, for starts.

June 6
1990 Von Hayes walks five times to tie Phillies record for most walks in an extra inning game (10 innings), 12-11 loss at St. Louis.

June 7
1983 Steve Carlton fans St. Louis’ Lonnie Smith in 3rd inning for #3,522, moving him into first place on the all-time strikeout list ahead of Nolan Ryan.  Carlton and Ryan see-saw back and forth rest of season for No. 1 spot.

June 8
1989 Wild one. Pirates score 10 runs in first inning but Phillies come back with 2 in 1st, 2 in 3rd, 2 in 4th, 4 in 6th and 5 in 8th to win, 15-11, at Veterans Stadium. Steve Jeltz becomes the first player in Phillies history to homer from each side of the plate in one game.

June 9
1949 Phillies beat Pirates, 4-3, in 18 innings at Shibe Park.  Both teams have 68 at-bats,
16 hits, 21 assists and 3 errors.

June 10
1981 Pete Rose singles to tie Stan Musial’s NL record of 3,630.  Nolan Ryan strikes out Rose last three ABs.

June 11
1985 WOW…biggest Phillies game, 26-7 win over Mets at the Vet:
–9 runs in 1st, 7 in 2nd
–Von Hayes becomes first player ever to hit two home runs in the 1st inning, solo HR and grand slam.  Finishes with 6 RBI
–26 runs, new club record
–27 hits, new club record
–10 doubles, new club record
–47 total bases, new club record.
–7 AB by Rick Schu, Juan Samuel tie major league record.
–5 hits for Samuel.

Taylor's All-Stars

All-Star voting, the largest balloting program in professional sports, is underway.  Fans get to select eight position starters in each league.

The first balloting results were announced this week.  In the National League, Chase Utley is a close second to Craig Biggio at second base, Jimmy Rollins is fourth among the shortstops, and two Phillies rank among the top 15 outfielders, Bobby Abreu, sixth and Aaron Rowand, 10th.

Ryan Howard, at first base, is not among the leaders.  Obviously, a guy named Albert Pujols is the best at that position and there are a lot of good first baseman but not seeing Howard in the top six is kind of surprising.  Nomar Garciaparra ranks fifth, which is another surprise. 

Tony Taylor was a Phillies All-Star second baseman with the Phillies in 1960.  He offers his NL team:

First base:   “Albert Pujols, a great player, I mean great.”
Second base: “Chase Utley, he’s a player, plays hard, always hustles.”
Shortstop: “Jimmy Rollins or Rafael Furcal?  Give the edge to Jimmy.”
Third base: “Scott Rolen, easily the best there.”
Catcher: “I like the kid in Atlanta, Brian McCann.”
Outfielders: “Bobby Abreu, Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones.”

Voting online is the easiest way to cast your votes. Just check the main page of MLB.com. Fans can vote 25 times online until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on June 29.

The 77th All-Star Game will be played in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on Tuesday, July 11.