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philliesfiend55
03-31-2010, 06:23 AM
The field of candidates for the Phillies Wall Of Fame Election Was Narrowed this week from 12 to five according to a team press release. It is a diverse group that spans several eras.

Only one person Has been elected per year since inductions began in 1978, with the exception of 1983, when an All-Centennial team celebrating the team's first 100 years of existence (1883-1983) was chosen. (Of the 12 players and one manager elected to the Centennial Team all have been elected to the Phillies Wall Of Fame individually except Pete Rose-!B, Manny Trillo-2B, and relief pitcher Jim Konstanty.) In addition to the Centennial Team, one broadcaster (Harry Kalas), one manager (Dallas Green), one General Manager/Field Manager (Paul Owens), one coach/organization man (John Vukovich) and 27 players have been chosen for the annual honor.
Election results are usually announced in late May with an induction ceremony held in early August.
Here are the final candidates (In career chronological order):

Jimmy Wilson, Catcher. A surprising finalist. He hit .284 in a career that spanned 18 seasons (1923-1940) and later managed. Selected to Appear in two of the first three All-Star games ever played - 1933 & 1935.

Jim Konstanty, Pitcher. it would be fitting if Konstanty were elected this year on the 60th Anniversary of his 1950 MVP season. His 16-3 record was one of the greatest seasons in history for any relief pitcher. 1948-1954 As a Phillie. Had several other good years in Philadelphia and elsewhere, but they were dwarfed by the '50 season.

Rick Wise, Pitcher. Wise was a solid starting pitcher for the Phillies from 1964 to 1971. Won 17 games one season for a mediocre Phillies team, threw a no-hitter and earned a couple of All-Star game selections as a Phillie. He later had a 19-win season with the 1975 American Lg. champion Boston Red Sox and pitched until 1982, finishing with a 188-181 career record.

John Kruk, First Baseman. Kruk was a cornerstone on the 1993 National League champion Phillies. He had a relatively short ten year career 1986-1995. but hit an even .300 lifetime. Post-playing career he worked his way up from a Reading Phillies (Eastern League, Double A) broadcaster and Today he's a Popular ESPN 'Baseball Tonight' commentator.

Daren Daulton, catcher. Another '93 team star, Daulton reached the 30 home run milestone in his best season with the Phillies. Ranks in the top three for most games at catcher as a Phillie . One of the majors top catchers in the late '80s and early '90s. Played in the majors from 1983 to 1997, all of which was with the Phillies, except for the final half-season. Traded to the Florida Marlins mid-'97, he went out a winner with a World Series championship that Fall with the Marlins.

-philliesfiend55/(Dennis Orlandini)-

Buntforahit
04-01-2010, 04:13 AM
Please, not Darren Daulton! He had maybe 2 1/2 good seasons.