Record-breaking performances ... #20 retired ... Two no-hitters ... First unassisted triple play in club history ... 4:40 a.m. game-winning hit ... Four Hall of Fame inductions ... Winning pitchers in back-to-back All-Star Games ... Death of an icon ... Fifth NL pennant ... Gut-wrenching World Series defeat.
Say hello the 1990s decade.
Retro Night at Citizens Bank Park was Aug. 22 against the Reds with both teams wearing uniforms from the 1990s.
Tommy Greene, author of one of the no-hitters in that decade, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
On August 14, Charlie Manuel won his 700th game as a Phillies manager. He's setting the Phillies bar so high that it may never be broken.
Leaders of the 1990s
Mickey Morandini 874
Jim Eisenreich .324
Bobby Abreu .324
Lenny Dykstra 476
Mickey Morandini 835
Darren Daulton 158
Mickey Morandini 41
Darren Daulton 110
Darren Daulton 466
Ricky Bottalico 234
Curt Schilling 95
Mitch Williams 102
Curt Schilling 1,546.2
Curt Schilling 1,458
Mitch Williams 3.11
That said, the bar for wins by a manager in Philadelphia baseball history is so high it definitely will never be broken. Connie Mack won 3,371 games in 53 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics.
That's another record that will never be touched, 53 years as a manager.
Desi Reliford played in the Hall of Fame Classic Game on June 16 in Cooperstown and got the 7th-inning, game-winning, 2-run, walk-off single to give the Knucksies (Phil Niekro) a 5-4 win over the Wizards (Ozzie Smith). He earned the Bob Feller Player of the Game Award. Other Alumni who played: RHP Joel Bennett, 1B Tony Perez and RHP Rick Wise.
Ferguson Jenkins is the celebrity host for the 30th Annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open and Pro-Am Golf Tournament, September 4-7 at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.
Ryne Sandberg will be the special guest at the Hall of Fame's fifth annual Character and Courage Weekend, October 5-7, over the Columbus Day weekend. Special programming will feature Sandberg, who demonstrated a tireless work ethic during his 16 seasons in the big leagues and continues to reinforce the qualities of character and courage as a manager. A Voices of the Game program featuring Sandberg will be held on October 6 at the Museum.
Curt Schilling was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in August He and Philadelphia area native, Mike Piazza, are among the new names on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in 2013. Schilling will also be on the Phillies 2013 Wall of Fame ballot.
Kevin Gross is having his uniform number (12) retired by his Fillmore (CA) High School during the 2013 baseball season. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium in August, the 20th anniversary of his no-hitter while pitching for the Dodgers against the Giants.
Among the Alumni celebrating September birthdays: LHP David West (48, 1st) . . . OF Garry Maddox (63, 1st) . . . INF-OF Rex Hudler (52, 2nd) . . . OF Ron Stone (70, 9th) . . . RHP Lou Grasmick (87, 11th) . . . C Stan Lopata (87, 12th) . . . MGR Frank Lucchesi (87, 12th) . . . RHP Rick Wise (67, 13th) . . . 3B David Bell (38, 14th) . . . RHP Rogers McKee (86, 16th) . . . SS Bobby Wine (74, 17th) . . . INF Ryne Sandberg (53, 18th) . . . RHP Roger Mason (54, 18th) . . . LHP Bobby Shantz (87, 26th) . . .1B Len Matuszek (58, 27th) . . . 3B Mike Schmidt (63, 27th).
Tommy Greene, Mike Lieberthal, Kevin Stocker, Dickie Noles and Gary (Sarge) Matthews attended Jimmy Rollins' charity event in August, BaseBOWL which benefits the Rollins Family Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Rex Hudler is finishing his first season as a broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals telecasts. "I have the perfect face for radio, but I got the TV job," he joked.
Did You Know
August 25, 1955: Before a double header with St. Louis, the Phillies honored Del Ennis for driving in more runs than any player in team history. Ennis was presented with gifts including a Cadillac, TV, air conditioner, freezer, diamond ring, and fishing outfit. The Phillies won both games with Ennis adding 4 RBI to his record total. (Courtesy of Broad and Pattison.com)
The Philadelphia native became the first Phillies player in the modern era to reach 1,000 RBI on August 9, 1955. Connie Mack Stadium was sold out for the Del Ennis Night, 38,545 and I was among the throng sitting in the last row near the left field foul pole. The only species higher were pigeons.