Happy New Year

Happy New Year.  And, it is a happy one.  The biggest collapse in Philadelphia sports history no longer belongs to the 1964 Phillies.  Instead, the 2014 Eagles.

Happy Birthday to…….
January 2: RHP Garrett Stephenson (43), C Jim Essian (64) . . . January 3: C Darren Daulton (53) . . . January 4: LHP Ken Reynolds (68), Charlie Manuel (71) . . . January 5: LHP Danny Jackson (53), C John Russell (54), OF Milt Thompson (56), OF Bobby Dernier (58) . . . Today: 2B Marlon Anderson (41), SS Ruben Amaro Sr. (79) . . . Wednesday: RHP Ray Semproch (74) . . . Thursday: INF Randy Ready (55) . . .
Friday: INF Ivan DeJesus (62) . . . Sunday: RHP Ben Rivera (47), RHP Donn Pall (53)
Monday: OF Reggie Taylor (38).

A belated Happy Birthday to Charlie Manuel, who’s celebrated on Sunday.  Here’s a picture from the day he was signed as the Phillies 51st manager following the 2004 season.

Manuel hire 2004

Trivia Time
Who was on the mound for the final out when the Phillies clinched the NL East in 1993?
The date:  September 28.  The scene: Three Rivers Stadium.  The score: Phillies 10, Pirates 7.  The winning pitcher:  Bobby Thigpen (3-1).

No, Bobby isn’t the answer.  Clue: the answer will turn 53 this Sunday: Donn Pall.  The last out was a 3-1 grounder: John Kruk to Pall, setting off a celebration.

Alumni Dates
**Wall of Fame balloting will take place on this website later this month.

**Alumni Day in Clearwater will be Saturday, March 21, at Bright House Field (Blue Jays).

**Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park will be July 31-August 1-2.

Warm Thoughts
Individual spring training tickets go on sale Thursday (Jan. 8).  First workout for pitchers and catchers is February 19.

Phun Fact
The Phillies first wore uniform numbers starting in 1932.  #1 that season was center-fielder George (Kiddo) Davis.  The highest number: 30 by right-handed pitcher Ad Liska. Most numbers worn?  Seven by infielder Granny Hamner (1, 2, 6, 17, 29, 33, 37) and Hall of Fame outfielder Chuck Klein (1, 3, 8, 26, 29, 32, 36).





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