A peek at the past
Bobby Abreu won the Major League Baseball All-Star Home Run Derby in 2005. The Phillies right-fielder hit a record 41 homers (24 in the first round) in Detroit's Comerica Park. (Getty images).
A historical look at the dates of September 17-23
September 17, 1900
Cincinnati SS Tommy Corcoran, coaching at third in a game at Philadelphia, uncovers a wire in the coaching box that leads across the outfield to the Phillies clubhouse, where reserve catcher Morgan Murphy reads the opposing catcher's signs and relays them to the Phillies coach by using a buzzer hidden in the dirt.
September 17, 2000
SS Jimmy Rollins makes his major league debut and triples in his first ML plate appearance as the Phillies edge the Marlins, 6-5.
September 17, 2001
Baseball returns after the September 11 terrorist attacks. 3B Scott Rolen hits two home runs to lead the Phillies past Atlanta, 5-2. Rolen becomes just the fifth player to homer twice in a game off RHP Greg Maddux.
September 17, 2011
The Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-2, at Citizens Bank Park to secure their fifth straight NL East championship and 11th division crown overall.
September 18, 1903
RHP Chick Fraser throws the Phillies' first no-hitter of the century, 10-0, in the second game of a doubleheader at Chicago. For loser RHP George "Peaches" Graham, it is his only big league pitching appearance.
September 18, 1963
LHP Chris Short wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. New York Giants RF Jim Hickman hits the last home run. Attendance is 1,752.
September 18, 1971
RHP Rick Wise sets a club record by retiring 32 consecutive batters in a 4-3, 12-inning complete game win over Chicago at the Vet. Wise wins own game with a single. His line: 12 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.
September 19, 1959
CF Richie Ashburn breaks the club record for career hits (2,211) with a seventh-inning single off the first base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium. Ed Delahanty (1888-89; 1891-1901) had held the record.
September 20, 1987
3B Mike Schmidt hits his 487th home run as a third baseman in a 4-1 win at Montreal to break Eddie Mathews' all-time record.
September 20, 1992
After snaring a low line drive hit by 3B Jeff King, 2B Mickey Morandini pulls off just the ninth unassisted triple play in baseball history - and first ever by a Phillie - during the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh.
September 21, 1911
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander throws his fourth straight shutout at Chicago, 4-0, first game. Others were Sept. 7 (at Boston), Sept. 13 (vs Brooklyn) and Sept. 17 (at Cincinnati).
September 21, 1964
Holding a 6.5-game lead with 12 games left in the season, the Phillies lose, 1-0, to Cincinnati as Chico Ruiz steals home with Frank Robinson at bat. The defeat launches a disastrous 10-game losing streak during which the Phillies fall out of first place. Phillies draw 1,425,891 that season, their largest attendance ever.
September 21, 1981
LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Bob Gibson as the NL's all-time strikeout leader when he fans Montreal CF Andre Dawson in the third inning for his 3,118th strikeout. Expos win, 1-0, in 17 innings at Montreal.
September 21, 2010
Phillies beat Atlanta, 5-3, as Roy Halladay becomes first Phillies right-hander to win 20 games since Robin Roberts in 1955. Halladay sets club record for most wins in a season at Citizens Bank Park with 12.
September 22, 1951
Pitcher Karl Drews singles, ending a hitless streak of 77 at-bats dating to May of 1947.
September 22, 2007
Chase Utley hits the last home run at RFK Stadium, a first-inning solo shot in the Phillies' 4-1, 10-inning victory over Washington.
September 22, 2008
Greg Dobbs sets a Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at Citizens Bank Park in the eighth inning against Atlanta as the Phillies beat the Braves, 6-2.
September 23, 1916
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 7-3 and 4-0 complete-game wins over Cincinnati at Baker Bowl and ties a major league record by walking only one batter. Almost a year later (Sept. 3) he does it again, 5-0 and 9-3, at Brooklyn, allowing one walk.
September 23, 1945
1B Jimmie Foxx, the Philadelphia A's all-time home run leader (302) and now with the Phillies, ends his 20-year Hall of Fame career in a 4-3 loss at Brooklyn, the second game of a doubleheader.
September 23, 1965
RHP Jim Bunning's fifth-inning strikeout is his 242nd of the season, breaking the club record held by RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (241, 1915). Bunning wins, 11-5, in the first game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
September 23, 1983
A 6-2, 12-strikeout victory at St. Louis gives LHP Steve Carlton his 300th career win; he is the 16th pitcher in baseball history to reach that milestone.