Phillies hosting Citizens Bank Park Saturdays
Among other items of interest are Hall of Fame Classic, tribute to Ashburn
Jamie Moyer threw out the first pitch for the Citizens Bank Park home opener on April 7. Delivering the ball to Moyer was a complete surprise ... Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, Moyer's childhood hero. Combined, the two left-handers won 598 games.
As part of the commemoration of their first 10 seasons at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies are hosting Citizens Bank Park Saturdays.
Rheal Cormier, the pitcher of record when the Phillies won their first game at the park on April 15, 2004, was the first honoree April 12. Cormier also has the distinction of being the last Phils winner at both Jack Russell Memorial Stadium and Veterans Stadium.
Other honorees: Brad Lidge, Geoff Jenkins, Pedo Feliz, Aaron Rowand and Roy Oswalt. The final Citizens Bank Park Saturday is Aug. 9, the induction of Charlie Manuel into the Toyota Wall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Classic
Six Hall of Famers and representatives of all 30 clubs will be participating in the Hall of Fame's Classic game on May 24 at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be played at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. To purchase tickets, click here.
Phillies Alumni include Jim Thome (Indians), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Todd Jones (Tigers) and Mike Sweeney (Royals).
The Classic is one of many highlights in the year-long 75th anniversary of the museum.
The Phillies will salute Hall of Famer Jim Bunning on the 50th anniversary of his perfect game against the Mets on Father's Day, June 15. Bunning's historic performance came on Father's Day, June 21, 1964, at Shea Stadium. ... Lenny Dykstra is performing 500 hours of community service at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission homeless shelter. He's there eight hours a day, five days a week. ... Marlon Anderson is a audio/video reporter for MLB.com. ... Geoff Geary, a reliever with the Phils (2003-07), was a Citizens Bank Park visitor April 11, along with his wife and son. ... Derrick May will be inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame today. ... Laynce and Jayson Nix were the 10th pair of brothers to have worn a Phillies uniform and the first since Dave and Dennis Bennett in 1964. ... Mel Clark, a Phils outfielder (1951-55), died May 1 at the age of 87 in West Columbia, W.Va.
Outfielder-first baseman-third baseman Chuck Harmon became the eighth Phillies Alumnus to turn 90 on April 23. He closed out a four-year big league career with the Phils in 1957, hitting .256 in 57 games. Harmon also played for the Reds and Cardinals.
Other Phillies Alumnus in the Nonagenarian Club include shortstop Alex Monchak (97), pitcher Lou Lucier (96), outfielder Wally Westlake (93), infielder Alvin Dark (92), infielder Solly Hemus (91), pitcher Bob Kuzava (90) and pitcher Don Grate (90).
The Raymond A. Whitwer Public Library in Tilden, Neb., has unveiled a display case in honor of Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn. Ashburn was a native of Tilden.
The display will be an integral part of the Smithsonian display, "Home Town Teams," which will be visiting Tilden in August and September.
Did You Know?
Bob Uecker, former Phillies catcher (1966-67), is in his 43rd year of broadcasting Milwaukee Brewers games on radio.
Other Phillies Alumnus broadcasting baseball include John Kruk and Doug Glanville (ESPN); Mitch Williams, Jim Kaat and Dan Plesac (MLB Network); Jim Deshaies (Cubs); Jeff Brantley (Reds); Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers); Tommy Hutton and Jeff Conine (Marlins); Bob Walk (Pirates); Tim McCarver (Cardinals); Bob Scanlon (Padres); Mike Krukow (Giants); Ed Farmer (White Sox); Rex Hudler (Royals).
Sons: Todd Kalas (Rays); Victor Rojas (Angels).