1 More Day

Ashburn Richie 1584.68WTt_BAT_NBL1 more day. Yes the 2014 season opener is tomorrow afternoon in Texas’ Globe Life Park, the Phillies against the Rangers.

#1 as a player and #1 in the hearts of millions of Phillies fans was Richie Ashburn. He wore that number for 12 seasons. The Phillies retired #1 in 1979. Only 15 different players wore this number in Phillies history with CF Kiddo Davis being the first in 1932. Among Phillies managers who wore #1: Doc Prothro, Hans Lobert, George Myatt (interim) and Frank Lucchesi.

Opening Day Numbers
The Phillies have won 59 openers, lost 70 and been involved in two ties, 1923 and 1924.

Openers in the state of Texas, 2-0. March 31, 1-2. This decade, 3-1.
Most Home Runs
CF Sherry Magee, 2 (April 14, 1914, Baker Bowl)
LF Lefty O’Doul, 2 (April 18, 1929, Baker Bowl)
CF Chuck Klein, 2 (April 14, 1931, Baker Bowl)
SS Don Money, 2 (April 8, 1969, Wrigley Field)

Most RBI
Sherry Magee, 6 (1914)
Placido Palanco, 6 (April 5, 2010)

Last Win by a LHP
Terry Mulholland (April 5, 1993 at Houston)

Double Digit Strikeouts (through 1914)
Chris Short, 11 (April 12, 1965 at Houston)
Curt Schilling, 11 (April 1, 1997 at LAD)
Art Mahaffey, 10 (April 9, 1963 vs. Cincinnati)
Chris Short, 10 (April 10, 1968 vs. LAD)

Home Runs, First At-Bat
1886   George Wood
1938   Emmett Mueller (lead-off)
1951   Mike Goliat
1962   Clay Dalrymple
1964   Roy Sievers
1979   Garry Maddox
1980   Greg Luzinski
1984   Mike Schmidt
1995   Tony Longmire (pinch-hit)
Minor League Camp
Released yesterday, 3B-1B Cody Overebeck.
Book Shelf
“If These Walls Could Talk” is the title of my new book which will be available starting May 1 in book stores and on-line. Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com) is the publisher. Larry Bowa wrote the foreword.

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