Phillies Vault: Abreu works walk-off magic

January 26th, 2022

MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

July 8, 2004: Abreu's walk-off homer beats Mets
Phillies right fielder Bobby Abreu made his first of two NL All-Star teams in 2004, which is surprising given that he put up such remarkable career numbers and received at least 5 percent of the vote in his first three years of Hall of Fame eligibility. Abreu's walk-off homer off the Mets' John Franco was the fourth of his nine career walk-off hits.

June 10, 1981: Rose ties Musial's NL hits record
One of the Phillies' biggest selling points in getting Pete Rose to sign with them after the 1978 season was that if he stayed in the National League, he could pass Stan Musial and become the league's all-time hits leader. Rose tied Musial's mark in the first inning on June 10, 1981, with a single off Houston's Nolan Ryan. Rose finished the game with three consecutive strikeouts. All MLB players went on strike two days later, meaning Rose had to wait until Aug. 10 to set the record.

July 11, 1967: Allen crushes homer in Midsummer Classic
Many believe that Dick Allen should be in the Hall of Fame. But Allen has fallen short by just one vote in each of the last two elections by the Golden Days Era Committee. This highlight from the 1967 All-Star Game shows just how dangerous and revered Allen was while he played. He smacked a towering shot to center field against the Twins' Dean Chance, who won the Cy Young award in 1964. The best part of the clip is that the broadcasters were in the middle of remarking how Allen was considered the strongest man in baseball. He proved it once again with that shot.

April 8, 1988: Jeltz's hidden ball trick
This was one of the few highlights from Philadelphia's 1988 season. Steve Jeltz, playing in the penultimate season of his seven-year Phillies career, ended a game against the Mets by deploying the old hidden ball trick on Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. 

"I started to throw the ball to [Bruce] Ruffin, but he wasn't ready," Jeltz told reporters. "Then I noticed Carter off the bag, so I tagged him." Carter only shook his head afterward. He could not believe what happened: “I was switching my feet," he said. The Phillies finished 60-92-1 that season.

April 28, 1991: Ready for this triple play?
If only Randy Ready had tagged Tony Fernandez, instead of throwing the ball to first base. He would have become only the ninth player in MLB history at the time to complete an unassisted triple play. But a triple play is a triple play, and Ready can say that he helped turn one by snagging a line drive off the bat of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.

Sept. 26, 1998: Schilling's 300th K of 1998
Curt Schilling needed seven strikeouts in his final start of the 1998 season to achieve back-to-back 300-strikeout seasons. He secured his seventh in the seventh inning, when he struck out Kevin Orie swinging.

Sept. 3, 2009: Pedro's stellar start
The Phillies needed rotation help so their scouts recommended they sign Pedro Martinez during the middle of the season. He had a 4.50 ERA in his first four starts when he put together his best against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park. Martinez struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings in the win.

April 5, 2010: Halladay's Phillies debut
Everybody was hyped to watch Roy Halladay make his Phillies debut in 2010 because it was not every year the Phillies went out and acquired arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Halladay did not disappoint in a strong performance against the Nationals, allowing one run in seven innings in a Phillies win.

May 17, 1979: Schmidt's homer caps 23-22 win
Mike Schmidt went 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs and four walks in this ridiculous 10-inning slugfest at Wrigley Field. The Phillies had a 17-6 lead midway through the fourth inning, but the Cubs came back. Schmidt's solo shot to left-center field in the 10th won it.

Oct. 6, 1978: Carlton hits a three-run homer in 1978 NLCS
The Phillies lost the first two games of the best-of-five NLCS at Veterans Stadium, so they were in an elimination situation in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium. Carlton's three-run homer to right field of Hall off Famer Don Sutton handed the Phillies a 4-0 lead. Carlton allowed four runs in a complete-game win, but the Phillies lost Game 4.