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3B Mike Schmidt carries his 1980 Rawlings Gold Glove and MVP award.

1981 was a big year for Mike Schmidt’s trophy case.  He won the National League Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year, picked up his sixth Rawlings Gold Glove Award and his second Louisville Slugger Award (not pictured).   Five years later, he won his third MVP, matching the league record held by Stan Musial and Roy Campanella.

Before Schmidt, the previous MVP from the Phillies was Jim Konstanty in 1950.  Check out a new feature on Konstanty at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Tom Gordon (47), LHP Jamie Moyer (52) . . . Wednesday: RHP Clay Condrey (39), RHP Dickie Noles (58), C Bob Boone (67), OF Bobby Tolan (69), 3B Joe Morgan (84) . . . Thursday: RHP Chuck Ricci (46), RHP Steve Schrenk (46), SS Alex Arias (47), OF Joy Johnstone (69), CH Herm Starrette (76) . . . Friday: INF Bill Almon (62) . . . Saturday: OF Ricky Ledee (41), OF Greg Luzinski (64), RHP Cy Acosta (68) . . .
Sunday: OF Casper Wells (30), RHP Adam Eaton (37), LHP Eddie Oropesa (43), INF Dale Sveum (51).

Condolences
Deepest condolences to the family of Alvin Dark who died November 13 in Easley, SC.  He was 92, leaving seven Phillies Alumni in their Nonagenarian Club.

Mr. Dark played 14 years in the majors and then managed 13 seasons.  He played 55 games with the Phillies in 1960, his final season as a player.  An outstanding football player at LSU, Mr. Dark was drafted by the Eagles in 1945 but chose baseball.

AFL Summary
Jim Callis, MLB.com reporter, filed a summary of the best prospect for each of the 30 big league clubs following the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League.  Here’s his report o the Phillies.

Best Performance: Center fielder Roman Quinn was the league’s fastest player and used his speed to finish first in steals (14 in 16 tries) and second in runs (19). He batted .250/.361/.359 and displayed newfound plate discipline with 16 walks, which ranked fourth.

Best Prospect: Quinn, who has also used his quickness to make a nice transition from shortstop. He covers the gaps well and has a stronger arm than most center fielders.

Book Signing
Will be signing my book (These Walls Could Talk) during the Phillies Holiday Sale at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, December 6. I’ll be there between 2 and 3 p.m.  A perfect holiday gift for someone you like or don’t like.

Phun Fact
Harry Kalas broadcast the first game in the Astrodome in 1965 while with Houston, a game against the Phillies.  With the Phillies he broadcast the first and last game at Veterans Stadium and the first game at Citizens Bank Park.

 

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