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Memorable anniversaries on tap for 2018

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Moments in Phillies history that will have anniversaries during 2018 range from as long ago as 1898 through 2008. Among the many names with historical moments are Bill Duggleby, Richie Ashburn, Garry Maddox, Pat Burrell, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Danny Ozark, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and Pete Rose.

Oh, there's also a World Championship anniversary. And, the debut of a large, furry green creature, Phillie Phanatic.

Moments in Phillies history that will have anniversaries during 2018 range from as long ago as 1898 through 2008. Among the many names with historical moments are Bill Duggleby, Richie Ashburn, Garry Maddox, Pat Burrell, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Danny Ozark, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and Pete Rose.

Oh, there's also a World Championship anniversary. And, the debut of a large, furry green creature, Phillie Phanatic.

• Phillies' alumni

March 31, 1988
Phillies lose, 1-0, to the New York Mets in 14 innings in Shea Stadium in first season opener ever played in March.

April 19, 1938
A small band leads the players onto the field on opening day at Baker Bowl where the clubhouses are located in centerfield. The Brooklyn Dodgers win, 12-5, over the Phillies in what turns out to be the last Baker Bowl season opener.

April 20, 1948
Leading off and playing left field, Richie Ashburn makes his major league debut in a 3-1 win over the Boston Braves at Shibe Park. Ashburn is 1-5, a third-inning single off Johnny Sain.

April 21, 1898
RHP Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam home run in his first major league plate appearance (2nd inning) in a game in New York. Phillies beat the Giants, 13-4.

April 25, 1978
LHP Jim Kaat shuts out the Chicago Cubs, 7-0, but the big news at Veterans Stadium is the rather quiet debut of the team's new mascot, Phillie Phanatic. A crowd of 17,227 isn't quite sure what to make of this big green, furry creature when he enters field.

May 5, 1938
RHP Hal Kelleher allows a major league record 12 runs (10 hits, 3 walks) in the eighth inning of a 21-2 loss at Wrigley Field. Loser is Wayne LaMaster, who leaves the game with an injury and a 3-1 count on the Cubs' leadoff hitter. The Cubs scored four times in the first inning, pinning the loss on LaMaster.

May 13, 1958
RHP Robin Roberts sets club record with his 191st win, 5-2, over Milwaukee at Connie Mack Stadium. RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, the previous record holder, won his 190th game in 1917.

May 26, 2008
Phillies set a Citizens Bank Park record for runs in a game, blasting Colorado, 20-5. 2B Chase Utley drives in six runs.

May 29, 1978
CF Garry Maddox records four of the Phillies' seven stolen bases in a 4-3, 14-inning win against Pittsburgh at the Vet.

June 2, 1998
Choosing first for the first time in club history, the Phillies select 3B Pat Burrell in the amateur free agent draft. The University of Miami slugger was later signed to a five-year, $8 million contract, highest amount ever given to an amateur player.

June 3, 1978
Reserve INF Dave Johnson blasts a game-winning, pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-1 win over Los Angeles at the Vet. It is Johnson's second pinch-hit grand slam of the season, a major league first.

June 5, 1948, 1st game
CF Richie Ashburn ties the modern NL rookie record by hitting safely in 23 straight games in a 6-5 win at Chicago, 2nd game. The record was set in 1921 by another Phillie, 3B Goldie Rapp.

June 8, 1968
A fifth-inning RBI single by pinch-hitter Howie Bedell ends Los Angeles RHP Don Drysdale's major league record of 58.2 scoreless innings. The Dodgers win, 5-3, at home vs. the Phillies.

June 16, 1998
PH Mike Lieberthal hits a 3-run, game-winning home run to cap a 7-run ninth inning that gives the Phillies an electrifying 8-7 win over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium.

June 18, 1948
After a 9-1 record with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, RHP Robin Roberts makes his major league debut, a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Shibe Park.

June 30, 1938
In the final game at dilapidated Baker Bowl, New York beats the Phillies, 14-1, before 1,500 fans. Following a road trip, the Phillies move permanently to Shibe Park on July 4.

July 4, 1908
LHP George (Hooks) Wiltse throws a no-hitter against the Phillies, 1-0, in 10 innings at New York. Losing RHP George McQuillan was hit by a pitch with two out in the ninth to spoil a perfect game.

July 4, 1938
The Phillies move permanently from Baker Bowl to Shibe Park and lose to the Boston Braves, 10-5, in first game of doubleheader. Phillies win second game, 10-2.

July 8, 1898
RHP Red Donahue, Villanova University product, pitches 5-0 no-hitter against visiting Boston. Donahue walked two and two others reached base on errors.

July 17, 1918
Chicago wins at home, 2-1, in 21 innings, longest game in Phillies history. Both pitchers go the distance, winner George Tyler (21 IP, 13 H, 1 BB, 8 SO) and loser Milt (Mule) Watson (20 IP, 19 H, 4 BB, 5 SO).

July 23, 1978
LHP Steve Carlton becomes the 78th pitcher to win 200 games with a 13-2 decision over Houston at Veterans Stadium.

July 24, 1998
Phillies sweep a doubleheader against Florida at the Vet, winning both games in the 12th inning (6-4 and 7-6). Mark Parent catches all 24 innings.

July 26, 2008
PH Greg Dobbs hits a 3-run homer vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park giving the Phillies a 10-9 win. It is his 20th pinch hit of the season, matching the club record set by Doc Miller in 1913.

August 8, 1988
LF Phil Bradley enters the record book, well, sort of. Phillies lead-off hitter drills the first home run in the first night game ever at Wrigley Field. But, rain washes out the homer and a 3-1 Cubs lead in the fourth inning. After a delay of 2:10, the game is postponed.

August 10, 1978
Danny Ozark joins Gene Mauch and Harry Wright as the only Phillies managers with 500 wins as RHP Dick Ruthven posts his fifth straight victory, 3-1, over visiting Pittsburgh.

August 15, 1958
CF Richie Ashburn gets his 2,000th hit when he singles in third inning off Carlton Willey of Braves at Milwaukee.

August 19, 1978
54,288 are on hand when Phillies blank San Francisco, 3-0, at the Vet. Happy Days softball team, featuring Henry Winkler, plays before the Saturday night game.

August 30, 1988
RH Kent Tekulve relieves in his 1,000th game (vs. San Francisco) to become only the second pitcher in baseball history to pitch in that many games. (Hoyt Wilhelm is all time leader, 1,070). Phillies beat Giants, 7-5, at the Vet.

September 22, 2008
Greg Dobbs sets Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at Citizens Bank Park in eighth inning against Atlanta as Phillies beat Braves, 6-2.

September 26, 1998, 1st game
RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in Miami in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons. Phils lose in 10 innings, 4-3.

September 27, 2008
The Phillies beat Washington, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.

September 28, 1958
CF Richie Ashburn goes 3-for-4 in the final game of the season, a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh, to edge Willie Mays, .350 to .347, for the NL batting title. The Phillies haven't had a batting champion since.

September 30, 1978
LHP Randy Lerch (11-8) hits two home runs and picks up the win as the Phillies capture their third straight NL East title, 10-8, at Pittsburgh.

October 2, 2008
NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Shane Victorino hits a grand slam home run off CC Sabathia to cap a five-run second inning that lifts the Phillies to a 5-2 win and 2-0 lead over the Brewers.

October 5, 2008
NLDS #4 at Milwaukee: Homers by Pat Burrell (2), Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth propel the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the Brewers. Phillies advance to the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

October 13
2008 NLCS #4 at Los Angeles: Trailing by two runs in the eighth inning, Shane Victorino hits a two-run homer and Matt Stairs follows with a pinch-hit, game-winning two-run homer. 7-5 win gives the Phillies in a commanding 3-1 lead.

October 15, 2008
NLCS #5 at Los Angeles: As in the NLDS clinching game against Milwaukee, Jimmy Rollins begins the game with a home run as the Phillies advance to the World Series with a 5-1 triumph. Cole Hamels wins his second game.

October 22, 2008
WS #1 at St. Petersburg: 2B Chase Utley hits a two-run home run in his first World Series at-bat. Cole Hamels picks up the win and Brad Lidge records a save, 3-2 Phillies win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

October 27, 2008
WS #5 at Citizens Bank Park: Game 5 starts on this date but was suspended, 2- 2, after 5.5 innings by rain, the first WS suspension. Game resumes on October 29 after a 111-hour rain delay. Pedro Feliz' single drives in Eric Buntlett with the lead run in the seventh inning of a 4-3 decision. Brad Lidge strikes out Eric Hinske in the ninth to give the Phillies their second World Championship.

December 5, 1978
Free agent Pete Rose signs a four-year, $3.2 million contract with the Phillies and becomes the highest-paid athlete in team sports.

Larry Shenk is editor/author of the Alumni section.

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