Phillies alumni news and notes

Phillies alumni news and notes

Phillies alumni news and notes
When this alumni webpage was first launched back in February, we posted a story on Edith Houghton, a former standout baseball player from Philadelphia who became the first female scout, working for the Phillies from 1946-52.

Ms. Houghton turned 100 on Feb. 12. To commemorate the special occasion, the Phillies sent her a jersey with her name and No. 100 on the back.

Thanks to Michael Jeffas, a longtime Phillies fan, we learned that Ms. Houghton is doing well.

"When I met Edith recently, she proudly showed me the Phillies jersey and letter the ballclub had sent her for her 100th birthday this past February. I asked if she minded if I took a photo of her wearing the jersey. She gladly agreed. Thought you and Phillies fans would enjoy seeing Edith in her jersey," Jeffas said in an e-mail.

Cooperstown
Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Ryne Sandberg, Jim Bunning and Pat Gillick were among the 45 Hall of Famers who returned to Cooperstown, N.Y., for this year's induction ceremonies.

Tim McCarver received the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. McCarver started his broadcasting career with the Phillies in 1980.

Two longtime Phillies broadcasters have received the same award, By Saam (1990) and Harry Kalas (2002).

Larry Christenson and Chris Wheeler made the journey to Cooperstown for McCarver's ceremony.

August birthdays
RHP-MGR Dallas Green (Aug. 6, 78) ... RHP Ray Culp (Aug. 6, 71) ... CH Claude Osteen (Aug. 9, 73) ... LHP Don Carman (Aug. 14, 53) ... Al Holland (Aug. 16, 60) ... RHP Charles Hudson (Aug. 18, 61) ... OF Doug Glanville (Aug. 25, 42) ... CH Billy DeMars (Aug. 26, 87) ... RHP Don Grate (Aug. 27, 89) ... 2B Tony Taylor (Aug. 28, 76) ... OF Tony Gonzalez (Aug. 28, 76) ... OF Aaron Rowand (Aug. 29, 35)

Here and there
Fans could get their photos taken with Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski during Phillies Phestival, the annual fund-raiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on July 26. The Phillies and ALS Association have been teammates since 1984, raising funds to help strike out ALS. This year's event increased the total raised to $13.5 million.

The Garry Maddox/Drew Katz Celebrity Bowling Tournament took place the night before. The tournament benefited the Youth Golf & Academics Program, which was founded by Maddox and supports children who reside in troubled city neighborhoods. Mike Rogodinzksi participated, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley stopped by.

Second baseman David Doster was among the inductees into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26. Doster was part of the 2009 class, but couldn't be there and is being honored this year instead. He played at Reading in 1995 and had 39 doubles, 21 homers and 79 RBIs.

Reading's first class was inducted in 1987 and included Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski.

Johnny Callison will be posthumously inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, in November. Longtime Phillies PA announcer Dan Baker will receive the organization's Legacy of Excellence Award.

Clay Dalrymple writes an occasional political editorial in a couple of weekly newspapers in Curry County, Ore., where he resides. ... The Major League Baseball Players Association Heart & Hustle award was presented this month to Carlos Ruiz by Luzinski. ... Dale Murphy is doing occasional radio-TV with the Braves. Next month, he'll be part of an MLB trip to Italy, promoting baseball.

Did you know?
The Phillies' Opening Day roster 45 years ago included several destined for future notice. Included on the team were players who would become a U.S. Senator from Kentucky (Jim Bunning), a state legislator from Idaho (Larry Jackson), a National League president (Bill White), a prominent TV sportscaster (Bob Uecker), the manager of the 1980 Phillies (Dallas Green), an NFL referee (Don Lock), and the father of a future Phillies manager (Tito Francona). The squad also included a former All-American basketball star (Dick Groat).

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