A peek at the past
Mike Schmidt acknowledges the crowd after hitting his 500th home run in Pittsburgh on April 18, 1987. (Photo: Rusty Kennedy, Associated Press)
A historical look at the dates of April 16-30.
April 16, 1953
2B Connie Ryan sets a club record for most hits in a game after going 6-for-6 (four singles, two doubles) in a 14-12 loss at Pittsburgh.
April 16, 1959
Dave Philley gets a major-league record ninth straight hit as a pinch-hitter (eight in 1958) as the Phillies drop a 7-3 decision in Milwaukee.
April 17, 1976
In a wild 18-16 win over the Cubs, Mike Schmidt hits four consecutive home runs, all of which come in the fifth inning or later. His 10th-inning blast is the game-winner and helps the Phillies complete an 11-run comeback, tying an NL record.
April 18, 1950
Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully broadcasts his first game, as the Phillies host Brooklyn at Shibe Park on Opening Day. Robin Roberts defeats Don Newcombe in the 9-1 Phillies win.
April 18, 1979
LF Greg Luzinski becomes the first visiting player to hit a home run into the upper deck at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.
April 18, 1987
3B Mike Schmidt homers at 4:53 p.m. on a 3-0 pitch from Don Robinson in Pittsburgh to become the 14th player in baseball history to reach 500 home runs. The dramatic, three-run home run in the ninth beats the Pirates, 8-6.
April 19, 1900
Phillies win in Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings, the highest scoring opener in NL history. Boston scored nine in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
April 19, 1937
The Phillies sweep a doubleheader at Braves Field, beating Boston, 2-1 (11 innings) and 1-0. It is the only time the Phillies have started the season with a twinbill.
April 20, 1948
CF Richie Ashburn makes his major league debut, going 1-for-5 in a 3-1 win over Boston at Shibe Park.
April 20, 1989
3B Mike Schmidt's first-inning double in Pittsburgh off Mike Dunne breaks Richie Ashburn's club record for career hits (2,217).
April 21, 1898
RHP Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam in his first major league plate appearance in a game in New York.
April 22, 1957
Pinch-runner John Kennedy becomes the first African American player to appear in a Phillies game.
April 23, 1961
RHP Art Mahaffey sets a Phillies record with 17 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium.
April 24, 1894
INF Lave Cross hits for the cycle in a 22-5 Phillies win over Brooklyn, the first cycle in team history.
April 24, 2003
2B Chase Utley gets his first major league hit, a third-inning grand slam during a 9-1 win over the Rockies at Veterans Stadium.
April 25, 1933
SS Dick Bartell becomes the first major league player to get four consecutive doubles in a nine-inning game, a 7-1 win over Boston at Baker Bowl.
April 25, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton ties the club record for a LHP with 14 strikeouts in pitching a 3-0, one-hit shutout in San Francisco. SS Chris Speier, the Giants' first batter, singles for the only hit.
April 25, 1978
The Phillie Phanatic makes his debut.
April 26, 1980
LHP Steve Carlton sets a modern NL record with his sixth one-hitter, a 7-0 win over St. Louis. C Ted Simmons records the only hit with a leadoff single in the second inning.
April 27, 2003
RHP Kevin Millwood pitches the ninth no-hitter in Phillies history, a 1-0 win over the Giants at Veterans Stadium. CF Ricky Ledee homers in the first inning and catches the final out.
April 27, 2014
SS Jimmy Rollins and 2B Chase Utley play in their 1,090th game together, the most for any SS-2B combo in major league history.
April 28, 1921
SS Ralph Miller and RHP Lee Meadows each hit a grand slam in an 11-6 win over the Boston Braves at Baker Bowl, a feat not repeated by a pair of Phillies until Mike Lieberthal and Billy McMillon in 1997.
April 28, 1999
3B Scott Rolen, 1B Rico Brogna and LF Ron Gant hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Phils fall to the Reds, 12-8.
April 29, 1934
The Phillies play their first Sunday game at home, losing to Brooklyn, 8-7. Because of the Pennsylvania blue laws, organized sports competition on Sundays had been illegal in the state.
April 29, 1954
RHP Robin Roberts pitches a 4-0 one-hitter in Milwaukee, giving up just a third-inning double to C Del Crandall.
April 29, 1981
Needing three strikeouts to reach 3,000, LHP Steve Carlton strikes out the side in the first inning against the Expos in just four minutes at Veterans Stadium. 1B Tim Wallach is the 3,000th victim.
April 30, 1887
Phillies beat New York, 15-9, in the first game played at Broad and Huntington Streets Park, later known as Baker Bowl.