Ex-Phillie Stone's son a hit in Nashville

Ex-Phillie Stone's son a hit in Nashville

Ex-Phillie Stone's son a hit in Nashville
Ron Stone, an outfielder with the Phillies (1969-72), met his first wife, Arlene, when she was an original usherette at the Vet. As an infant, their son, Jon, had his photo taken with Pete Rose and John Vukovich.

Jon has gone on to become a very successful singer-songwriter, living in Nashville. Jon has two No. 1 hits to his credit, "Me and My Gang" by Rascal Flatts and the current No. 1, "Woman Like You" by Lee Brice.

Ron participates in an annual charity event in Oregon, Hank & Moose, in memory of baseball greats Hank Bauer and Moose Skowron. Earlier this month, he attended a reunion of the Kansas City Royals, for whom he played in 1966.

Hall of Famer

Reliever Rheal Cormier (2001-06) was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 23. He was joined by Doug Melvin, Rusty Staub and Team Canada 2011.

Among the Phillies' career pitching leaders, Cormier ranks fourth in appearances (363) and seventh in wins (28).

Other Phillies Alumni who have been enshrined in the Canadian Hall include Ferguson Jenkins (1987), Pat Gillick ('97), Sparky Anderson (2007) and Paul Quantrill ('10).

More honors

Curt Simmons was the grand marshal of a parade in his hometown of Egypt, Pa., on June 2, tabbed as "Curt Simmons Day." Sixty-five years ago, while pitching for an amateur team, Simmons struck out 11 big league Phillies who journeyed to Egypt for an exhibition game on a day off. A few days later, he signed a pro contract with the Phillies for $65,000, the biggest of that era.

Joining Simmons in celebrating the day that included naming the baseball field and a street after him, were Robin Roberts, Jr., Bobby Shantz, Dallas Green, Jimmie Schaffer and Phillies president David Montgomery.

General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. was the recipient of the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Award in Dallas on June 27. Former athletic trainer Jeff Cooper was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame on June 28 in St. Louis.

Alumni luncheon

Tickets are going fast for the August 9 Alumni Luncheon for Seniors in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.

Mike Lieberthal, this year's Toyota Wall of Fame inductee, will be there, as will former roommate Kevin Stocker. Other alumni include Tim McCarver, Kent Tekulve and Bobby Wine. Bill Giles will also participate in the Q&A sessions.

For more information and tickets, just call 215 364-1000.

Fan trip

AAA-Mid Atlantic hosted a fan trip to Target Field in Minneapolis this month. Joining the trip were Tommy Greene and Von Hayes, along with Scott Palmer, the Phillies' director of public affairs.

Palmer and Greg Luzinski will host a fan tour to Miami's new ballpark this month, and a trip to Denver in July.

Cooperstown notes

The Hall of Fame Classic, an event in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Father's Day weekend, included a seven-inning legends game on June 16. Among the players who participated were Phillies alumni Tony Perez, Rick Wise, Desi Relaford and Joel Bennett.

The event was co-organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.


Darrel Akerfelds, who pitched for the Phillies in 1990-91, died on June 24 in Phoenix, following a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

The 50-year-old was the longest tenured coach for the Padres, having joined them as the bullpen coach in 2001. He was last in uniform on April 15.

Condolences are extended to his family, friends and the Padres organization.

Father-son duo

The club record for most combined career homers for a father-son combo in Phillies history is 20. Ruben Amaro, Sr. hit seven. Ruben Jr. had 13.

The record is theirs simply because they are the only father-son duo to wear a Phillies uniform.


June 30, 1892: The Phillies ended June with a 22-5 record. In 120 years since then, no Phillies team has ever matched 22 wins for this month. As Richie Ashburn would say, "Hard to believe, Harry."

Larry Shenk is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.