Answering E-mails

With no game on Monday, time to peek in the e-mail bin:

From Scott: Somewhere between 1966 and 1968, the Phillies had a Tony Taylor bat day at Connie Mack Stadium.  I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact date.  Can anyone at the Phillies shed some light on the date and opponent?

“Off the top of my head, I don’t remember a Tony Taylor bat day. It might be difficult to find out but will do some digging.  Perhaps someone reading this will have an idea.”

From Larry: Attended the Alumni Luncheon.  What a great, great program.  I wish to inquire as to being able to obtain a video copy of the program.  Would love to enjoy it again.

“Our video guru, Video Dan Stephenson, will be working on producing a half-hour program for Comcast’s On Demand programming. Will keep you informed.”

From Joe: Why is Jim Konstanty not on the Phillies Wall of Fame? He was an NL MVP in a seriously competitive time.

“We haven’t forgotten about him but there is a process for election into the Wall of Fame. Fans vote online during spring training and the top five consensus selections are then presented to a Special Wall of Fame Committee that consists of writers, broadcasters and club executives.  That committee chooses the winner.  I can tell you Jim has been in the top 5 for five straight years but has fallen short each year. I’m sure he’ll be in the running in 2013.”

From Howard: Kudos to the organization. It was nice to see the Alumni singing take me out to the ballgame, singing happy birthday to people etc. I hope you continue with that realm next year. It added an additional element of fun. Will you consider having another home run hitting contest like past years?

“We had planned the same thing a year ago but got rained out.  You would be interested in knowing the Alumni enjoyed it as much as the fans.  I’m sure will do the same next year. As far as the Alumni Batting Challenge, I believe that is history for now.  It was getting more difficult to have Alumni participate.  Most aren’t in shape to take that many swings. It looks easy but in reality, it is very difficult and tiring.  Another point, we had to start the challenge around 12:30 p.m. and there are very few fans in the park at that time.  Doing it after the game isn’t practical.”

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley dropped 5-4, 13-inning decision to 1st-place SWB.  IronPigs have lost 2 in a row to fall 1.5 games behind 2nd-place Pawtucket, winners of 3 straight, in a battle for the wildcard playoff berth.  Six games left on the regular season schedule.  RHR Justin DeFratus, 3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 4 strikeouts.

Reading beat Binghamton, 4-1, as 1B-LF Darin Ruf hit his 36th homer, 1 shy of Ryan Howard’s 2004 club record.  He’s hit 18 home runs this month. 3B Cody Asche 2-4, boosting  August average to .368.  RHS Trevor May (10-12) was the winner, 1 run, 2 hits, 8 innings, 9 strikeouts.  RHR Justin Friend fanned the side for his 23rd save.  With 7 games left in the regular season, 2nd-place Phillies lead New Britain by 3 games in a battle for a postseason berth.

Clearwater: entire Florida State League was washed out for the second straight day by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Lakewood was not scheduled.

Williamsport beat Jamestown, 6-2.   SS Roman Quinn, 1-4, 2 runs, 28th steal.  RHS Joshua Warner (4-6), 0 runs, 2 hits, 6 innings.

Postseason All-Stars

**Eastern League: 1B-LF Darin Ruf, 2B Cesar Hernandez and C Tommy Joseph.

**Florida State League: LHP Adam Morgan, LHP Austin Wright; C Cameron Rupp.

**Gulf Coast League: OF Andrew Pullin.


August 28, 1971, 2nd game–RHP Rick Wise (14-10) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh in defeating San Francisco, 7-3, in a Vet Stadium doubleheader. It is Wise’s second two-home run game of the season, tying a major league record for pitchers.

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1 Comment

Larry, I’m not sure of your email address, so please consider this an email for your next Answering Emails column–or feel free just to answer it here!

1) What sort of On Demand features do the Phillies have on Comcast? I’m a FiOS subscriber–and watch every game there unless I’m at the park–and as far as I can tell, there are no On Demand programs offered there. Any chance they can also be offered on FiOS? Or are they on somewhere?

2) What are the chances the Phillies might make available On Demand some of the old highlights films, especially for the big years of the 1970s? Or maybe they can be supplied to Comcast SportsNet to be shown as “Philly Sports Classics.” As a kid in Reading, I remember then-Reading Phillies GM Mark Helminiak coming into my scout meeting each winter with the 16mm Phillies highlight film in tow, which he showed to our troop. I’d love to watch some of those highlights again. (Better yet to have them made available on DVD or for download!) The 1980 highlight film was released on VHS by the Phillies in the 1990s, and the 1988 to present highlights films (with a couple exceptions) were issued by the Phils on VHS or DVD each year, but the first golden era presumably sits in the vaults of CBP, and I have no doubt people would be excited to see them. And not just, say, 1976-83, but how about some of the building up years, like Lefty’s great 1972, or the Yes We Can years of Dave Cash?

Thanks for any comments you have, or anything you can do to push this forward as a project. (Paging Video Dan…)

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