Burrell joins Phillies Toyota Wall of Fame

Burrell joins Phillies Toyota Wall of Fame

The Whiz Kids won the 1950 pennant and were among the early inductees into the Phillies Toyota Wall of Fame: Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn, Del Ennis, Granny Hamner, Curt Simmons and Willie Jones.

Their next pennant winner, the 1980 World Champions, then began dominating: Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Greg Luzinski, Tug McGraw, Garry Maddox, Bob Boone, Dallas Green and John Vukovich. Plus, that GM Paul Owens, who also is the lone representative from the 1983 pennant winners. Owens managed that team.

The wild and whacky bunch from 1993, have three: Darren Daulton, John Kruk and Curt Schilling.

Now, Pat Burrell joins Charlie Manuel as the first two inductees from the 2008 World Champions. Burrell will be inducted on Friday night, July 31. That club someday may challenge the 1980 club for most Wall of Famers.

More Honors

Jeff Cooper, long-time Phillies head Athletic Trainer, was inducted into the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame in December . . . Manuel received the Special Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association at their January 16 banquet . . . Scott Rolen will be inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame on May 2 . . . Matt Stairs will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 13 . . . Jamie Moyer will become the ninth person to be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on August 8 . . . To salute Larry Bowa's 50th year of being involved in baseball, Phillies are giving away a Bowa Bobble on August 18, thanks to Toyota.

Clearwater Alumni Day

For the second straight year, the Phillies will have an Alumni Day at Bright House Field. It will be Saturday, March 21, a 1:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Several Alumni will be on hand to sign autographs and interact with fans. Alumni will be introduced prior to the game.

On The Air

Stairs is entering his second season working on Phillies telecasts with Tom McCarthy. Schmidt returns as a special Sunday addition on the Comcast SportsNet telecasts of Phillies home games. Ben Davis, former catcher with the Padres, Mariners and Whie Sox, will join Stairs and McCarthy this season. Previously he was a post-game analyst on CSN.

Richie Ashburn was the first Phillies alumnus to broadcast Phillies games, starting 1963. Since then,  Roberts, Tim McCarver, Maddox, Schmidt, Jim Fregosi, Jay Johnstone, Kent Tekulve, Larry Andersen, John Kruk, Gary Matthews and Jamie Moyer have had air time.


Rico Brogna is now working as the Angels' quality control coach in which he combines

traditional scouting analysis with advanced metrics to give his team a complete overview of a player's strengths and weaknesses . . . Sal Fasano is the minor league pitching coordinator and Darold Knowles the rehab pitching coach for the Blue Jays . . . Brett Myers is coaching his son's travel baseball team that plays throughout Florida and Georgia. He also has a five-song EP out on iTunes. The album is called Backwoods Rebel . . . Brandon Duckworth is a pro scout again for the Yankees. His assignment? The Phillies organization . . . Billy Wagner is among list of former players on the 2016 Baseball Wall of Fame ballot . . . Shirley and Bobby Shantz celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in January . . . Catherine and Bobby Del Greco, their 60th last October . . . Susan and Rick Wise, #48 this month . . . Green is celebrating his 60th consecutive spring training . . . Tekulve and Mike Lavalliere are guest instructors with the Pirates in Bradenton.

Did You Know?

Dan Plesac recorded the last out in the history of Veterans Stadium, fanning Atlanta CF Ryan Langerhans in the top of the ninth inning, September 28, 2003. He's also on record as allowing the fifth and final hit in the career of Andersen, an eighth-inning single, April 18, 1993, at Wrigley Field.

Larry Shenk is the vice president of alumni relations for the Phillies.