May 9, 2013 |
On Thursday, Charlie Manuel will pass Gene Mauch as the longest-serving manager in Phillies history, which is quite an accomplishment given the historically poor record the Phillies compiled until recent days. Manuel is not only the dean of Philadelphia team managers, but he is also unusual in that he has remained popular with a fan base known for its toughness and fickleness. The two managers were vastly different characters. Mauch was the baseball sharpie, honed in the Leo Durocher image of knock down your mother if it means winning a game.
August 5, 2011
RUBEN AMARO SR. was the shortstop on that 1961 Phillies team that lost 23 games in a row. Finished with the worst record in baseball, 47-107. Were dead last in attendance, luring 590,039 masochists into Connie Mack Stadium, a decrepit ballyard in North Philly. Ruben Amaro Jr. is the general manager of this 2011 Phillies team that owns the best record in baseball. Has sold out its glitzy ballpark 182 times in a row, with no end in sight. Same town, same team, same family.
July 10, 2011
To help get ready for Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Arizona, see what you know about past games. 1. The first All-Star Game was played in 1933. Where? a. Fenway Park, Boston. b. Comiskey Park, Chicago. c. Polo Grounds, New York. d. Wrigley Field, Chicago. 2. When was the first All-Star Game played in Philadelphia? a. 1943. b. 1953. c. 1967. d. 1976. 3. When was the last time the game was played in Philadelphia?
March 9, 2010
Here are the results of the poll on Philly.com asking who is the best manager in Phillies history: 1. Charlie Manuel. . . 78.7 percent 2. Gene Mauch. . . 8.7 percent 3. Dallas Green. . . 8.5 percent 4. Danny Ozark. . . 2.3 percent 5. Eddie Sawyer. . . 1.3 percent 6. Jim Fregosi. . . 0.6 percent
October 27, 2009 |
The first baseman was recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The catcher was playing with a fractured ankle. One of the star pitchers sat in the dugout wearing his military uniform. And the ace relief pitcher, the best reliever that year in all of baseball, was the starting pitcher in the opening game. The year was 1950, and these were some of the Phillies players the last time the team met the New York Yankees in the World Series. It was only the second time the Phillies had ever played in the World Series.
October 16, 2008 |
LOS ANGELES ? Pat Moran, Eddie Sawyer, Dallas Green, Paul Owens and Jim Fregosi are members of an exclusive club. They are the managers who took Phillies teams to the World Series. Make room for a newcomer, boys. Charlie Manuel joined the club last night. The 64-year-old baseball lifer, a heart attack and cancer survivor, became the latest Phillies manager to win a National League pennant when his team finished off the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 5 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium.
October 1, 2008 |
It sometimes is 30 minutes after a game when Charlie Manuel leaves his office to amble through the Phillies clubhouse. He still has his jersey on, like always, maybe because he still thinks he hasn't finished his workday. He stops at a player's locker, chats for a few seconds, and moves on. He repeats the process until he sees everybody he needs to see before the others head home for the night. "I've never had a manager try to make sure he saw everybody to tell everybody good job, go get 'em tomorrow or whatever," relief pitcher Scott Eyre said.
August 15, 2005 |
THEY CALLED him "The Little General" or "Skip" and he managed the Phillies for eight seasons, longer than anyone else in the team's modern history. But for any fan over 50 he is remembered for one thing: the collapse of the 1964 team. With a six-game lead and only 12 games remaining, the Phillies lost 10 in a row and saw the pennant go to the St. Louis Cardinals on the last day of the season. Gene Mauch never got over that loss and the tough Phillies fans never forgave him. He deserves better than that.
November 19, 1997 |
Russ Meyer, the scowling Phillies pitcher recalled as much for his temper and nickname as for his contributions to the pennant-winning Whiz Kids of 1950, died Sunday in Oglesby, Ill. Mr. Meyer, whose sour disposition and late-night habits led teammates to label him "Mad Monk," was 74. The cause of death, said family members, was congestive heart failure. One of those rare righthanders who threw a screwball, Mr. Meyer pitched for five teams in a 14-year major-league career, but most effectively for the Phillies.
November 18, 1997 |
First Rich Ashburn, then Eddie Sawyer, now Russ Meyer. Time is catching up to the Phillies' aging Whiz Kids. Meyer, a colorful character who pitched for the Phillies in the 1950 World Series, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at age 74. Meyer died in Oglesby, Ill., after five years of illness, said Jeff Idelson, spokesman for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ashburn, a Hall of Famer outfielder and longtime Phillies broadcaster, and Sawyer, the manager of the Whiz Kids, died in September.