Fan voting for the Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame began on Friday. Voting ends on February 6, 5 p.m. Vote as often as you like. 12 Phillies legends are on this year’s ballot. Alumni Weekend will take place July 30-August 2: Alumni Luncheon for Seniors on July 30 noon; Wall of Fame induction on Friday, July 31; Toyota Alumni night on August 1 and still to be determined are Sunday’s events, August 2.
Appearing on the ballot for the first time is outfielder Pat Burrell.
Sunday’s Best Tweet
Jayson Stark of ESPN: “Coach K’s 1,000 wins are an amazing achievement for an amazing coach. Think he’s excited to tie Charlie Manuel on the all-time wins list?”
Today: RHP Gavin Floyd (32), LHP Mike Zagurski (32) . . . Wednesday: 1B Bill White (81) . . . Friday: CH Joe Kerrigan (61), 2B Davey Johnson (72) . . . Saturday: RHP Joel Bennett (45) . . . Sunday: RHP Bob Conley (81) . . . Monday: RHP Warren Brusstar (63).
To the family of Ernie Banks and the entire Cubs organization on the death of a true Hall of Famer. RIP “Mr. Cub.” Remember seeing Ernie often during batting practice. He was always cheerful and friendly, even if he didn’t know you. He’d smile and enthusiastically say, “Let’s play two.”
To the family of Ray Rippelmeyer on the passing of a beautiful person, his wife, Glenda. Ray was the Phillies pitching coach, 1970-78.
In respond to a post by Ed, Phillies Alumni Day in Clearwater will take place on Saturday, March 21.
In Case You Are Wondering
Deflated footballs? Baseballs are never deflated.
RF Oscar Gamble got the last hit at Connie Mack Stadium in 1970 and LF Pat Burrell, the final hit at Veterans Stadium in 2003.