April 5, 2016
It was midsummer 2014, another lost season for the Phillies, but that was the least of anyone's concern in that little house in Sea Isle City. Jerry Gehman lay dying. He'd spent most of his 72 years saving lives on that beach in the summer and the rest of the year guiding lives at West Deptford High, a teacher and athletic director. In 1980, he stopped lifeguarding and went to work for the Phils, first as a security guard, later as a bartender, but not in 2014. Colon cancer had ravaged his body.
July 1, 2015 |
The announcement that Andy MacPhail had been hired to become president of the Phillies was the news of the day on Monday, but it was far from the most newsworthy event that took place in Citizens Bank Park. For the first time since 1981, someone with a significant ownership stake in the team was out front and visible as a part of the process of running the franchise. The last guy was Ruly Carpenter on the day he sold the team to a consortium formed by Bill Giles. On Monday, John Middleton broke that 34-year streak during which the ownership group was content to let Bill Giles or Dave Montgomery be its public face.
January 30, 2015 |
THE PHILLIES will hold their first workout of the 2015 season in Clearwater, Fla., 3 weeks from today. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would still like to make some changes before he descends to Florida. Perhaps it will be easier now that the uncertainty at the upper levels of the front office have been resolved. Yesterday afternoon, the Phillies announced that David Montgomery has returned from a 5-month medical leave - but not in his former role as club president. Montgomery, who had surgery to remove cancer from his jaw in May, will take over duties as chairman of the team.
January 10, 2014 |
The history of the Phillies, for better or worse - and there have been many more seasons of the latter than the former - has always been a testament to a certain hidebound consistency. Things change slowly, if at all, and the organization, while polite and mannered, has never taken much heed of what anyone else might think. In fact, the organization has basically been impervious to outside influence, which wasn't always a good thing but at least it was predictable. This goes back to the Carpenter family, which owned the Phillies and whatever parts of Delaware didn't interest the Du Ponts, who actually are cousins of some sort.
September 6, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' NFL championship victory over Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers in 1960 . . . Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point NBA game in '62 . . . Phillies, plus college football and basketball . . . Bill Campbell called all these events on radio or television. "Bill Campbell is the greatest all-around broadcaster in Philadelphia history," longtime Eagles radio voice Merrill Reese said. Campbell and the late Andy Musser are the only sportscasters who've done play-by-play for the Eagles, Phillies and Sixers.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Bill Giles watches from the periphery now; he attends the All-Star Game every summer to represent the National League as its honorary president. He is the chairman of the Phillies, although his role is reduced with age. And yet Giles is the soul of the Phillies, the man who organized the current ownership group that bought the team for $32.5 million in 1981. He sees a team in limbo. "I used to be very involved in making decisions and working with the general manager, and this is the most difficult last two weeks in July I have ever seen," Giles, 78, said.
June 25, 2013 |
THE 1983 Phillies made it to the World Series almost in spite of themselves. There was enough bickering and backbiting to make three MTV reality shows. The players were frustrated by the uncertainty of their roles. Stars felt disrespected and openly questioned the sanity of management, namely president Bill Giles and general manager/manager Paul Owens. Giles and Owens mostly shrugged, and the Phillies just kept winning. Here is a look at some of the saltier verbal nukes tossed around Veterans Stadium during that wildly perplexing season: * "I think it was the result of inexperience," said ex-manager Pat Corrales, who was fired in midseason with a 43-42 record that still was enough for first place.
June 21, 2013
David Montgomery took over from Bill Giles as Phillies president in the middle of the 1997 season. Here's a look at the team attendance, payroll ranking and record during each full season of his tenure and so far in 2013. Year Avg. Attendance/Rank Payroll/ Rank Record NL East Finish 1998 21,182/23 $36,297,500/21 75-87 Third 1999 22,535/21 $31,897,500/23 77-85 Third 2000 19,911/23 $47,513,000/20 65-97 Fifth 2001 22,001/25 $41,663,833/24 86-76 Second 2002 20,231/24 $57,954,999/17 80-81 Third 2003 27,901/15 $70,780,000/15 86-76 Third 2004 40,125/4 $93,219,167/5 86-76 Second 2005 32,905/13 $95,522,000/4 88-74 Second 2006 33,356/11 $88,273,333/12 85-77 Second 2007 38,374/8 $89,428,213/13 89-73 First 2008 42,254/5 $97,879,880/12 92-70 First 2009 44,453/3 $115,479,046/7 93-69 First 2010 44,968/2 $141,928,379/4 97-65 First 2011 45,441/1 $172,976,379/2 102-60 First 2012 44,021/1 $171,501,558/3 81-81 Third 2013 38,511/6 $166,860,000/3 35-38 Third - Bob Brookover Source: BaseballReference.com
August 15, 2012 |
FOR KARL WALLENDA, it was just another day at the office. For the 30,207 fans in the friendly confines of Veterans Stadium on Aug. 13, 1972, for a doubleheader between the Phillies and the Montreal Expos, it was a day they never would forget. Wallenda's office was several hundred feet off the ground and five-eighths of an inch wide. His workday lasted just 17 minutes. But when he punched out at the end of the day, having just performed a death-defying stunt never before seen in a major league stadium, Wallenda had both literally and figuratively taken baseball promotions to new heights.
November 16, 2010
NEARLY 29 YEARS after one of the biggest heists in major league baseball history, Ryne Sandberg has returned to the scene of the crime. Or at least to the Phillies' payroll . . . The first-ballot Hall of Famer, who had both 40 home-run and 50 stolen-base seasons, a 10-time National League All-Star with nine Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger awards, will manage the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs next season. That would seem to move the 2010 Pacific Coast League manager of the year into the on-deck circle as Charlie Manuel's eventual replacement.