Who will Phillies target in free agency?

By Larry Shenk

Media sources report the Phillies have begun interviewing for a new president, or general manager, or both. Or, no one as the possibility exists that there will be no new hires for now.

The Phillies, like most teams, have needs…


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Jim Bunning was born 90 years ago today in Southgate, KY. The Phillies were a huge part of his 17 seasons in the major leagues.

Bunning was acquired by the Phillies from the Detroit Tigers with catcher Gus Triandos for outfielder Don Demeter and pitcher Jack Hamilton following the winter…


There’s nothing more exciting in baseball than a walk-off home run. For the losing team, painful.

Twelve times this season the Phillies had a walk-off win, four coming via the home run, the ultimate crowd-pleaser. This season’s menu:


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When it comes to which Phillies have put up the best postseason numbers it is rather obvious the core of Charlie Manuel’s teams would dominate. His clubs reached the postseason five consecutive years, 2007–2011, greatest era in franchise history.

During that golden era, the Phillies played 46 postseason games, National…


When it comes to pitching nuggets in the early 1900s, righthander Grover Cleveland Alexander dominated. He qualifies as the first among Phillies Royalty.

As a rookie (1911) Alexander won 28 games (13 losses) and pitched 367 innings, Phillies rookie records that still stand. One of the wins was 1–0 vs…


A number of Phillies sluggers have led the league in home runs, Gavvy Cravath, Cy Williams, Chuck Klein, Mike Schmidt, Jim Thome and Ryan Howard. While they hit a ton of home runs, the single most dramatic home run in club history was by a 29-year-old left-handed hitting left fielder…


Willie Mays .346, Richie Ashburn .344. That’s the way the National League batting championship race stood with just three games left on the 1958 schedule.

Mays was heading home to San Francisco for three games with the St. Louis Cardinals. Ashburn just finished an unbelievable year at Connie Mack Stadium…


Crushed is the only way to describe my feelings when word came down that Ruly Carpenter, the former Phillies owner, died on Monday.

Last time I saw him was late July. He looked like Ruly, robust with that big, strong handshake. In August he went to Citizens Bank Park for…


Richie Ashburn’s induction into the Philadelphia Baseball Hall of Fame took on special meaning, the retirement of his uniform jersey #1. The date was August 24, 1979.

We began the tradition of honoring great Alumni the year before, inducting Ashburn’s teammate Robin Roberts. When the Phillies sold Robbie to the…


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A young team under second-year manager Gene Mauch struggled through a 47–107 season in 1961 that included a major-league record 23-game losing streak. The best news, twitter didn’t exist.

Simply put, there were a lot more lumps than nuggets 60 years ago. …

Larry Shenk

Larry Shenk offers insight into the past, present-day and future of his beloved Phillies.

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