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Alumni Weekend full of memorable events

Philadelphia Phillies

Alumni Weekend is a tradition started by the Phillies back in the 1970s at Veterans Stadium. This year's event is again sponsored by Toyota and will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4-5, when the Phillies play the Marlins.

It all starts on Friday night (August 3) when Shane Victorino will retire as a Phillie during pregame ceremonies. He won two Gold Gloves and was a two-time All-Star during his eight seasons with the Phillies.

Alumni Weekend is a tradition started by the Phillies back in the 1970s at Veterans Stadium. This year's event is again sponsored by Toyota and will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4-5, when the Phillies play the Marlins.

It all starts on Friday night (August 3) when Shane Victorino will retire as a Phillie during pregame ceremonies. He won two Gold Gloves and was a two-time All-Star during his eight seasons with the Phillies.

Phillies Alumni

The annual Toyota Wall of Fame induction will include, for the first time, two Phillies legends. That will take place at 7:05 p.m., prior to the Saturday game (Aug. 4). It promises to be an emotional ceremony.

The annual Alumni Day will feature the 10th reunion of the 2008 World Champion Phillies, Sunday afternoon (Aug. 5). More details to follow.

Wall of Fame
The legacy of Roy Halladay will now have a permanent mark in Phillies history, as he will be posthumously inducted into the Phillies Toyota Wall of Fame. Being a member of the Wall of Fame is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a Phillie.

Halladay, who died tragically in November 2017 at the age of 40 when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, will be one of only four Phillies to be inducted into the Wall of Fame without a fan vote, joining Charlie Manuel, Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton.

A flag bearing his No. 34 is being flown at Citizens Bank Park for the 2018 season as a tribute to Halladay's contributions to the club.

The Phillies are also celebrating another baseball legend that Saturday: Pat Gillick, who will be the first executive inductee into the Wall of Fame. Gillick is currently in his 13th year with the Phillies. In that time, he has served as the team's general manager and president, and also as a senior advisor.

He originally joined the Phillies as senior vice president and general manager on Nov. 2, 2005. During his time as GM, he built the club into back-to-back NL East Division champions (2007-08) and 2008 World Series champions. The championship was the third of his 27-year career as a Major League general manager and the second in the history of the Phillies franchise.

Gillick was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2011, becoming just the fourth individual elected whose career has been defined nearly exclusively as a team architect.

2008 reunion
A parade of former Phillies players will take place prior to the 1:35 p.m. Sunday game. The alumni introductions will conclude with the 2008 World Champions, led by manager Charlie Manuel. More information will be forthcoming concerning other plans to honor the World Champs.

All fans attending the game will receive a Brad Lidge figurine. In a moment that matched Tug McGraw in 1980, Lidge struck out the last batter to clinch the World Series championship. The Citizens Bank Park clock registered 9:58.

It was an ironic twist ... '80, now '08; #45 (McGraw), now #54 (Lidge); a left-hander, now a right-hander, Tug leaped into the air, Brad fell to his knees.

Larry Shenk is author/editor of the Alumni section.