Card of the Day: Tommy Mason 1964 Philadelphia #105

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Card of the Day: Fran Tarkenton 1967 Philadelphia #106

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Crosscutters Host 8th Annual Hot Stove Banquet

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The Crosscutters held their 8th annual Hot Stove Banquet at the Genetti Hotel last evening.  It was a night filled with old friends, new friends, great food, stories, giveaways, and autographs.  Some of the guests included Philadelphia Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Phillies third baseman Cody Asche, and Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy.  Returning for a second year in a row was Montoursville native and former major league third baseman Tom O’Malley.

Whoever made the decision to hold the Chinese Auction out in the lobby is a genius.  This allowed for more tables in the ballroom and a lot more room to eat at your seat.  In the past things have been a bit cramped.  The only drawback to the evening was that everyone wasn’t able to get autographs from all the guests.  After obtaining signatures from Cody Asche and Greg Murphy, I went to get in line to see Ryne Sandberg.  Unfortunately they cut the line off for Sandberg right in front of me.  That’s alright.  I had never attempted to get three autographs during this sold out event before.  On a positive note though, when I returned to the table I discovered I had won a prize pack from the Chinese Auction.

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Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg

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Phillies 3B Cody Asche

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Phillies broadcaster Greg Murphy

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The prize pack I won was donated by the State College Spikes.  It included a T-shirt, signed baseball, signed program, and a Stan Belinda mini bobblehead the Spikes gave away last year.

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Card of the Day: LeSean McCoy 2009 Philadelphia National Chicle Auto

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Phillies vs. White Sox – Game 1 – 7/13/13

With Friday night’s game cancelled the decision to play a doubleheader was made for Saturday.  The Phillies ended up losing Game 1 5-4 in 11 innings, and about 45 minutes later Game 2 began.  The Phillies won Game 2 2-1 in 13 innings.  Throw in a rain delay into Game 1, and both games having extra innings, the Phillies almost played twelve hours of baseball.

Citizens Bank Park is really nice.  Everything is easy to get to and the food is very good.  I had a hot dog, soft pretzel, and lemonade.  I came out of the Majestic Clubhouse Store with a new shirt and three pins.  The Carlos Ruiz bobblehead was obtained before I even got into the stadium.

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Domonic Brown

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Jimmy Rollins

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Ben Revere

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Bull’s BBQ

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$10.00 for a Phillies yearbook and a FREE Carlos Ruiz bobblehead… yes please!  This was a stadium giveaway on 6/4/13 and I guess they had some extra.

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Harry Kalas statue

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1993 Philadelphia Phillies World Series Press Pin

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The 1993 World Series is one that many Phillies fans would like to forget.  The Phillies were down three games to two and Game 6 took place in the Skydome.  It was the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies were winning 6-5, there were two men on, and Joe Carter came to bat.  Carter hit a 3-run home run off of Mitch Williams to win the World Series.  This was only the second time in history that a walk-off home run won the World Series.  Bill Mazeroski hit the first back in 1960.  Paul Molitor was named the MVP.  At the time, the Blue Jays general manager was Pat Gillick.  Gillick was also the general manager of the Phillies when they went all the way in 2008.

As with many World Series, members of the press received this exclusive pin.  This one can be found for $75.00.

Williamsport Crosscutters 7th Annual Hot Stove Banquet & Auction

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Last night I attended the 7th annual Williamsport Crosscutters Hot Stove Banquet & Auction.  For the past seven years, the Crosscutters have been bringing in all types of colorful guests to entertain fans while at the same time raising money for a good cause.  This year the guest lineup included Denny McLain, Tom O’Malley, Justin De Fratus, and other members of the baseball community.  Good food, great stories, cool memorabilia, all in the middle of a snow storm.

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View from my seat.  The Genetti Hotel Ballroom was packed.

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Denny McLain is the last pitcher to win 30 games in a single season.  In 1968, he went 31-6.  I highly doubt this will ever happen again.  Listening to his stories about Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams were very fun.  McLain even mentioned that he is in talks to do a potential reality T.V. show.  Given his interesting history, it would probably make for some fun T.V.  Perhaps he and Pete Rose could do a crossover episode.

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Phillies relief pitcher Justin De Fratus (on left)

“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1950 Philadelphia Phillies World Series Press Pin

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The Phillies got their asses kicked in the 1950 World Series by the Yankees.  The Yankees swept them in four games.  The same two teams met each other again in 2009, and the Yankees beat the Phillies once more.  These Phillies were known as the “Whiz Kids” with guys such as Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts.  The Yankees were favored by far to win.

As for this little pin.  It was made just for members of the media.  It oddly resembles the way Harry Kalas in standing when you look at his statue.  They are rare.  This one recently sold for $275.00.

Phillies vs. Rays – 6/23/12

The Phillies took down the Rays 7-6 yesterday when Jim Thome hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th.  I also got to see Rollins hit a 2-run blast, and Pierre hit a 3-run shot.  It was a great day for a game.

I’ve been wanting to get one of those golf shirts you see The Sarge and Tom McCarthy wear in the broadcast booth, but you can only get them at the Majestic Clubhouse Store inside Citizens Bank Park.  I found a nice navy blue shirt with a white Phillies “P” in the corner.  They were also having a special on pins.  Buy three and the fourth is free.  I jumped all over that.

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The Harry Kalas Memorial Statue

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Jimmy Rollins with Pierre on deck

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Hunter Pence with Ruiz on deck

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia 76ers Jersey Pin

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Today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a single game.  The game took place on March 2, 1962 at the Hersheypark Arena against the New York Knicks.  At the time Chamberlain was playing for the Philadelphia Warriors.  In that game, Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the field and made 28 of 32 free throws.  This is a record that I don’t believe will ever be broken.

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The 76ers were looking for a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this huge accomplishment.  The wooden basketball floor that was used during the 60’s has been kept in storage for decades.  The 76ers decided to purchase some of the pieces, cut them up, and give them to fans at tonight’s game.  Hershey kept some pieces to put on display.

I bet there are a few card company’s that would love to get their hands that old wood 🙂  Here is a link to the news story I saw on T.V. this morning.