Will another Phillies Alumnus land in Cooperstown?
Well, we’ll know soon. Dick Allen is one of 10 on the Golden Era ballot. A committee of 16 will do the voting. 75 percent of the votes is required for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The announcement is next Monday at the winter meetings in San Diego.
The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce their decision on January 6. Former Phillies on the ballot include Curt Schilling, Tom Gordon and Pedro Martinez. Mike Piazza, a native of Norristown, is also on the ballot.
Last Phillie to be inducted was Jim Bunning in 1996. Allen and Bunning were teammates starting in 1964. Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts were mates on the Whiz Kids and two other Hall of Famers, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt, were stars on the 1980 World Champions.
Jamie Moyer has decided not to return as a member of the Phillies television broadcast team. Wanted to devote more time to his family who live in southern California. Search is underway for a replacement.
OF Jack Mayo (89), a member of the 1950 Whiz Kids, died on August 19, a fact we learned last week. The Whiz Kids are down to three living members: Curt Simmons, Bob Miller and Putsy Caballero.
Pitcher Don Grate, a member of the Phillies in 1945-46, died on November 22 in Miami Gardens, FL. He was 91.
For the latest vintage Alumni image, check out the Peek at the Past photo at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. It is a classic.
Today: RHP Wayne Simpson (66) . . . Wednesday: RHP Chad Durbin (37), RHP Paul Byrd (44), C Clay Dalrymple (78) . . . Thursday: 2B Tadahito Iguchi (40) . . . Friday: RHP Scott Munninghoff (56) . . . Saturday: RHP Jose Contreras (43), RHP Steve Bedrosian (57), SS-CH-MGR-CH Larry Bowa (69) . . . Sunday: C Ozzie Virgil (58), OF Alex Johnson (72) . . . Monday: C Jeff Grotewold (49)
Looking for a $15.00 holiday gift?
Will be signing my book (These Walls Could Talk) during the Phillies Holiday Sale at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park this Saturday. I’ll be there between 2 and 3 p.m. A perfect gift for someone you like or don’t like.
Richie Ashburn holds the Phillies record for grounding into the fewest double plays in a season, 1, in 1948. Strangely, he’s one of six players who share the club record for the most GIDP in a game, 3.