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Alumni weekend coming up, August 10-12

Alumni weekend coming up, August 10-12

Mike Lieberthal caught the most games in Phillies history, had the most hits and homers among their catchers and will be the 2012 inductee into the Toyota Wall of Fame on Friday night, Aug. 10. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, with the game against the Cardinals to follow.

The Phillies began the Wall of Fame in 1978, honoring former players with the Phillies and A's. When Citizens Bank Park was opened in 2004, the Wall of Fame was limited to Phillies greats.

Among the Phillies Wall of Famers who will be on hand to welcome Lieby are Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt ('90), Larry Bowa ('91), Dick Allen ('94), Greg Luzinski ('98), Garry Maddox (2001), Tony Taylor ('02), Bob Boone ('05), Dallas Green ('06), Juan Samuel ('08), Darren Daulton ('10) and John Kruk ('11).

Fans will receive a commemorative print of Lieberthal, courtesy of Toyota.

Alumni weekend begins with the annual Alumni Luncheon for Seniors on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Diamond Club. Tim McCarver, Bill Giles, Kent Tekulve, Bobby Wine, Lieberthal and Kevin Stocker will participate. A limited number of tickets are available through 215 463-1000.

Toyota Alumni Night is Saturday, Aug. 11. Around 50 Alumni will be introduced on the field starting at 6:30 p.m. McCarver, who received the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in Cooperstown on July 21, will throw out the ceremonial first ball. "Ceremonial catcher and umpire" are surprises.

Freddy Schmidt, who at 96 years old is the oldest living Phillie, expects to be there that night. Among the many others are Pat Burrell, Rheal Cormier, Todd Pratt, Lance Parrish, Von Hayes, Kevin Jordan, Ruben Amaro Sr., Ricky Bottalico, Tommy Greene and Art Mahaffey. (Participating Alumni are subject to change).

Pregame festivities Saturday also include the presentation of the annual John Vukovich Award to Carlos Arroyo (Phillies rehab pitching coach).

Earlier in the day on Saturday, the annual Garry Maddox-Stephen Starr BBQ Challenge will take place on Citizens Bank Way.

Alumni will make surprise appearances pregame Friday and Saturday nights, including the BBQ Challenge.

Alumni weekend concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., when the Phillies take on the Cardinals. Look for more surprise Alumni appearances in-game as well as pregame.

Tickets for Alumni Weekend are available at

Larry Shenk is a contributor to
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