Phillies Ballpark Buzz: Top 5 Things to Know for Phillies-White Sox Series (September 20-21)

The Chicago White Sox are coming to Philadelphia for a two-game series (September 20-21). Below are some of the must-know highlights when coming to the ballpark.

  1. Phillies Paul Owens Award presentation Tuesday.

On Tuesday, September 20, the Phillies will present the 2016 Paul Owens Awards to position players Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins, and pitcher Ben Lively. This award was established in 1986 to honor the top player and pitcher in the minor league system and named in honor of Paul Owens who spent 48 years in the Phillies organization as a scout, farm director, general manager, manager and senior advisor. Presenting the award are Paul Owens' grandchildren joined by Matt Klentak, Vice President and General Manager, and Joe Jordan, Director, Player Development.

  1. College students get great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with Phillies executives with final #CollegeSeries events.

Also, Tuesday, September 20, is part of the Phillies Fall Semester College Night Series. College students and recent graduates are invited to go behind-the-scenes with Phillies executives prior to select games:

Visit for a full list of sessions and speakers.

  1. 1960s teen idol and Philly native Bobby Rydell to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, September 20, Bobby Rydell, singer and actor who played Hugo Peabody in the 1963 film "Bye Bye Birdie," will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning.

  1. Phillies Major and Minor League Service Awards to be presented Wednesday.

On Wednesday, September 21, the Phillies Major League Community Service Award will be presented to Ryan Howard in recognition of his work in the tri-state area including his commitment to the Phillies Urban Youth Academy, his involvement with students in the Little Rhino back-to-school read-along events and his support of the Police Athletic League. Presenting the award will be John Weber, Phillies Vice President of Sales and Ticket Operations and Vice President, Phillies Charities, Inc.

Also on Wednesday, the Phillies Minor League Community Service Awards will be presented. Players in the Phillies minor league system volunteered a total of 920 hours during the 2016 season as part of the Step Up program. The players with the highest number of volunteer hours in each minor league team are:

  • Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs: David Buchanan
  • Reading Fightins': Rhys Hoskins
  • Clearwater Threshers: Matt Hockenberry
  • Lakewood BlueClaws: Zach Morris
  • Williamsport Crosscutters: Luke Maglich

Presenting the awards is Joe Jordan, Phillies Director, Player Development.

  1. Phillies celebrate Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award will be presented to Ryan Howard by John Weber, Vice President of Sales and Ticket Operations. This award annually recognizes a player from each Club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The award, originally known as the Commissioner's Award, was renamed in 1973 in honor of Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star Roberto Clemente, who died on New Year's Eve 1972 during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

To expand Roberto Clemente Day and celebrate his enduring legacy, an individual from the community who embodies the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente will be honored with the Seat 21 Award. The Phillies Seat 21 honoree is Felix Agosto, founder and CEO of MVP360, a non-profit, sports-motivated children's camp and clinic which helps children overcome life's obstacles and develop MVP-motives, values and personalities. MVP360's neighborhood baseball program is part of the Phillies' Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities program. Presenting the award is Phillies third base coach, Juan Samuel.

For both games this series, Ashburn Alley opens at 5:05 p.m., all gates open at 5:35 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Both games this series will be presented on Comcast SportsNet, MLB.TV and SportsRadio 94WIP.