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.

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