Burrell & 100 Years Ago
Pat Burrell was a slugger. All sluggers blast home runs, drive in runs, strike out and go in slumps. Pat was no different. But, the fans never really got on him. Del Ennis was booed badly in the 1950s, Mike Schmidt in the 1970s and now Ryan Howard is hearing it.
As was announced yesterday, Pat is going into the Wall of Fame on July 31. Some people don’t think he belongs. Others do. It seems to be that way ever year.
Charlie Manuel, as the 2014 inductee, gets to induct Pat come July. That’s neat. We’ll figure out a way to surprise Pat as far as unveiling his plaque. Pat will also be the guest of honor at the Alumni Luncheon for Seniors, Thursday noon, July 30. Ticket information will be announced later. He’ll also be on hand for Alumni Night on August 1 and Sunday, the final day of Alumni weekend.
100 Years Ago
Bob Warrington, a Philadelphia native who is a baseball history buff, has authored an interesting story about the Phillies’ spring training in 1915. Check it out at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
That 1915 team went on to win the first pennant in Phillies history. More stories about that team and that season will be posted on http://www.phillies.com/alumni the next eight months.
We certainly know of the Whiz Kids, the 1980 World Champions, 1983 and 1993 pennant winners and have lived through the golden era of 2007-2011. But, we don’t know much about the National League pennant winners of 100 years ago.. That’s the purpose of these online stories coming up.
An exhibition game involving the Phillies and the University of Tampa at Bright House Field is scheduled for Sunday, 1:05 p.m. It is a big event for UT. The president and notable Alumni will throw out the first ball, the band, cheerleaders, dance team and mascot will all be there. Gates open at 10:35 a.m., the same for all Clearwater games.
Also on tap Sunday, Baseball Chapel will take place early in the morning. BC holds services at every major league and minor league team throughout the season.
Phillies broadcasters will have their annual production meeting with Ruben and Ryne after the game. It’s a chance for the broadcasters to catch up on the camp and players. Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs, Ben Davis and Greg Murphy will be on TV for the first time Tuesday afternoon (Yankees at Clearwater). Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will have their first radio broadcast that day.
It took four years to build Veterans Stadium and 62 seconds to implode it.
**March 7, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
**March 13, I’ll be signing my book, If These Walls Could Talk; 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
**March 21, Dallas Green, The Mouth That Roared; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Bright House Field, Main Concourse, third base side.