These were the heroes who owned the summers of the 1960s.
Johnny Callison and Jim Bunning.
Tony Gonzalez and Jack Baldschun.
Chris Short and Don Demeter.
Clay Dalrymple and Dick Allen.
During the summers of the 1960s, the heroes of Philadelphia wore Phillies uniforms. On their best days (which were, admittedly, too few), they were entertaining and inspiring. They smote hated rivals and sent their best to the All-Star game, in the decade when that mid-summer classic moved under the lights … and into prime time.
On their worst days, these Phillies heroes broke our hearts, squandering late-inning leads and pre-season hopes … but they never lost our devotion.
They were the heroes of our youth. Now their stories are collected in
Phillies Heroes: Remembering the Philadelphia Phillies Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball’s Real Golden Age.
The book profiles the best (and a few of the worst) of the Philadelphia Phillies of the 1960s. In all, there are 72 profiles of the infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1960s.
Do you remember …
The left-handed fireballer who struck out 237 batters in 1965, and was the team’s only 20-game winner during the 1960s? (page 117)
The slugging right fielder who was a 3-time All-Star in the 1960s and led the National League in triples twice (and doubles once)? (page 36)
The shortstops who won back-to-back Gold Gloves? (page 56)
The All-Star outfielder who was traded for a future Hall of Fame pitcher? (page 40)
The hard-luck right-hander who posted winning records with only 2 teams … one of them the Phillies? (page 84)
The slugging first baseman who drove in 103 runs in 1966, and won his seventh Gold Glove? (page 28)
The Phillies ace who won 57 games in 3 seasons, one of them perfect? (page 74)
The hard-hitting third baseman who led the National League in runs and triples his rookie season? (page 8)
The All-Star second baseman who finished in the top 10 in stolen bases 7 straight years? (page 26)
The center fielder who twice led the League in fielding, but never won a Gold Glove, and 3 times garnered votes for MVP, but never was an All-Star? (page 42)
Their stories are here. Enjoy the memories.
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