Phun facts in the Phillies' Spring Training history

Phun facts in the Phillies' Spring Training history

Spring Training is here, No. 69 for the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. Dick Allen and Robin Roberts had a hand in some Spring Training "Phun" Facts:

One hundred years ago, the Phils trained in St. Petersburg's Coffee Pot Park. They would go on to win their first National League pennant.

The Phillies were the first of the current Major League teams to train in Florida when they spent two weeks in Jacksonville in 1889.

Because of World War II, the Phils held Spring Training in Hershey, Pa. (1943) and Wilmington, Del. (1944-45).

The Cleveland Indians trained in Clearwater in 1946 and relocated to Arizona the next year, paving the way for the Phillies. Clearwater's population was around 20,000 when the Phils first trained here in 1947.

The Phillies' first spring game was a 13-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Clearwater's Athletic Field, March 11, 1947.

The Phils defeated the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, in the first game played at Jack Russell Stadium, March 10, 1955. Robin Roberts was the winning pitcher.

Carpenter Field, a new training facility for the Phillies' Minor League players, was opened on March 14, 1967.

Dick Allen set a Phils Spring Training record with nine home runs in 1964. Ryan Howard broke the record in 2006 with 11.

The Yankees won the last Spring Training game in the history of Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, 2-0, on March 28, 2003.

Pat Burrell had the last hit at Veterans Stadium and the last Spring Training hit at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium as well.

The Phillies defeated New York Yankees, 5-1, in the first game played at Bright House Network Field on March 4, 2004. Jimmy Rollins hit the first home run.

The Carpenter Field clubhouse was named the Paul Owens Training Facility in 1997 in honor of the man whose vision led to the building of the complex.

Larry Bowa's first Spring Training in Clearwater was 1967. He wore No. 53.

Dallas Green's first year in Spring Training was 1956. He and fellow Delaware native Chris Short took the train from Wilmington to Clearwater.

Larry Shenk is the Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Philadelphia Phillies. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.