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A peek at the past

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A historical look at the dates of August 16-31

August 16, 1969
RHP Rick Wise tosses the club's fourth consecutive shutout, a 7-0 win over Houston, following RHP Jerry Johnson, LHP Woodie Fryman and RHP Grant Jackson.

August 16, 1977
Phillies extend their longest winning streak of the century to 13 games with a 7-5 decision in Montreal. The Phils hadn't won that many in a row since 1892.

August 16, 2011
A statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is unveiled in a pregame ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.

August 16, 2016
In his first game as a visitor at Citizens Bank Park, Chase Utley leads the Dodgers to a 15-5 win with two long standing ovations, two home runs (including a grand slam) and two curtain calls.

August 17, 1894
Collecting 28 singles out of a club-record 36 hits, Phillies destroy visiting Louisville, 29-4. OF Sam Thompson hits for the cycle, with three singles, a double, triple and home run in seven at-bats.

August 17, 1957
CF Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul off pitches, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at-bat. The first one breaks her nose; the second hits her while she is being removed on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, sports editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.

August 17, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton wins his 20th game of the season and 15th consecutive, the longest streak in Phillies history, 9-4 over Cincinnati before 42,635 at the Vet. He posts a 1.33 ERA during the streak, which began June 7 and ended August 21. 

August 18, 1941
The Phillies commit eight errors in losing, 13-5, to Cincinnati at Shibe Park in the first game of a doubleheader. Nine of the runs are unearned. Attendance for the Monday doubleheader was 2,873.

August 18, 1978
The Wall of Fame begins at Veterans Stadium as the Philadelphia Baseball Hall of Fame, with Robin Roberts being inducted for the Phillies and Connie Mack posthumously for the Athletics. 

August 18, 1997
LF Billy McMillon and C Mike Lieberthal hit grand slams in a 12-4 win over San Francisco at the Vet, the second time in club history the Phillies have two slams in one game (SS Ralph Miller and P Lee Meadows, 4/28/1921).

August 18, 2006
Mike Lieberthal catches his 1,125th game to break Red Dooin's club record for most games caught, but the Phillies drop a 6-4 decision to Washington.

August 19, 2018
The Phillies fall to the Mets, 8-2, in the Little League Classic before 2,429 fans at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa. It is the club's 62nd game at a neutral site in franchise history and the first since 1957.

August 20, 1961
Scoring four times in the top of the eighth inning, the Phillies end an NL-record 23-game losing streak behind RHP John Buzhardt, 7-4, at the Milwaukee Braves. The streak, which included 17 losses on the road, began with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on July 29.  

August 20, 1986
LHP Don Carman loses his bid for a perfect game when San Francisco's Bob Brenly doubles to start the bottom of the ninth. Phillies win 1 0 on 2B Juan Samuel's homer in 10th, the second time in club history they win a 1-0 extra-inning game on a home run (Ron Northey in 1944). 

August 20, 1991
SS Dickie Thon hits a two out, two run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat Pittsburgh, 6-5. It is the first time since June 28, 1987, that the Phillies come from behind in the ninth inning to win, a stretch of 346 games.

August 21, 1949
Fans litter the Shibe Park field after umpire George Barr rules a ninth-inning line drive to CF Richie Ashburn was trapped and not caught. Umpires forfeit the game - the second in a doubleheader - to the New York Giants.

August 21, 1972
Steve Carlton's club-record 15-game winning streak ends with a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium.

August 21, 1990
In a game they once trailed, 11-1, the Phillies score nine runs in the top of the ninth for a 12 11, come from behind win at Los Angeles. Carmelo Martinez's double is the game winner.

August 21, 1991
1B John Kruk is hit by pitch for first time in his career, 2,681 plate appearances, as the Phillies beat the Pirates, 6-5.
August 21, 2015

Jerad Eickhoff makes his major league debut on the mound, picking up the win over Miami. He also drives in two runs in the 7-1 victory, making him the first starting pitcher in team history to drive in multiple runs in his first big league game. 

August 22, 2003
1B Jim Thome hits his 35th and 36th homers in a 9-4 win at St. Louis to break the club record for homers by a first baseman (34, Deron Johnson, 1971).

August 23, 2009
Phillies beat the Mets, 9-7, in New York as second baseman Eric Bruntlett turns an unassisted triple play in the bottom of ninth inning to end the game. It is the 15th unassisted triple play in MLB history but only the second to end a game.

August 24, 1979
Richie Ashburn's uniform No. 1 is retired before a game against Houston. The Phillies win, 5-3, behind a complete game by Steve Carlton.

August 25, 1922
After scoring 10 runs in the second inning and 14 in the fourth, Chicago hangs on to beat the visiting Phillies, 26-23, in baseball's highest-scoring game ever. The Phillies rally with eight in the eighth and six in the ninth. Thirteen different Phillies score a run, a club record.

August 25, 1955
Between games of a doubleheader with St. Louis, the Phillies honor Del Ennis for driving in more runs than any player in team history. Ennis is presented with gifts including a Cadillac, TV, air conditioner, freezer, diamond ring and fishing outfit. The Phils win both games, with Ennis adding four more RBI to his then record total.

August 25, 1995
LF Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle, the first Phillie to do so since Johnny Callison on June 27, 1963, 5,107 games earlier. The Phillies bury visiting Los Angeles, 17-4. 

August 26, 2008
After spotting the Mets an early 7-0 lead, the Phillies come back for an 8-7 win in 13 innings at Citizens Bank Park. Chris Coste enters the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning and goes 4-for-4.

August 27, 2002
LHP Dan Plesac records his 1,000th strikeout in the seventh inning of 4-3 Phillies win over Montreal at Veterans Stadium. The next night, he appears in his 1,000th game.

August 27, 2017
Rhys Hoskins becomes the sixth player in Phillies history and first rookie to homer in five straight games. He joins Chase Utley (2 times in 2008), Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969).

August 28, 1971, 2nd game
RHP Rick Wise hits a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh in defeating San Francisco, 7-3, in the second game of a Vet Stadium doubleheader. It is Wise's second two-homer game of the season, tying a major league record for pitchers.

August 29, 1885
Twenty-two-year-old RHP Charlie Ferguson tosses the first no-hitter in Phillies history, 1-0, vs. Providence. In his four-year career, all with the Phillies, he finishes 99-64 with a 2.67 ERA before dying of typhoid fever two weeks after his 25th birthday.

August 30, 1913
With the Phillies leading 8-6 in the top of the ninth inning, Baker Bowl fans in one bleacher section begin to distract New York Giant batters by waving handkerchiefs, newspapers and straw hats. Umpire William Brennan forfeits the game to the Giants, but NL President Thomas Lynch overrules Brennan and declares the Phillies the winners. New York appeals and the NL Board of Directors rules the game must be completed in New York on October 2. Phillies win, 8-6.

August 30, 1988
Reliever Kent Tekulve appears in his 1,000th game to become only the second pitcher in baseball history to pitch in that many games, joining Hoyt Wilhelm (1,070). Phillies beat the Giants, 7-5, at the Vet.

August 31, 1979
Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies manager. Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record over six-plus seasons.

August 31, 2006
1B Ryan Howard hits his 49th home run to break Mike Schmidt's single-season record (48 in 1980) during a 6-5 loss at Washington.

August 31, 2017
Rhys Hoskins ends the month with 11 home runs and 25 RBI, most for any Phillies rookie in August.