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  • #16
    Oct. 6. 2017; Phillies first baseman, Johnny Herrnstein died at the age of 79. He was a Phillie between 1962 and 1966 and got the most playing time (303 at bats) in 1964. Unfortunately the Phillies never solved their problem at first baseman in 1964. Herrnstein got off to a good start at the plate in 1964, but then faded.If they had a decent, solid major league first baseman whose base hits might have contributed to a few more wins they would probably have built up so large a lead that they could have dipped a little in September but still taken the pennant. First baseman, with Herrnstein, Ruben Amaro Sr., Roy Sievers, Frank Thomas, costen Shockley, Danny Cater, and Vic Power was the weak link in the Phillies '64 lineup. Herrnstein hit .234 with 6 home runs in 1964 and hit .220 with 8 home runs lifetime, with just 99 career hits.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 07-25-2018, 06:38 AM.

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    • #17
      Jan. 7,2018: 1951 & 1952 Phillies infielder, Dick Young has passed away at age 89. He ranked among the 80 oldest, currently living major leaguers up to the time of his passing.

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      • #18
        Tito Francona, a talented outfielder/first baseman, passed away on Feb. 13, 2018 at the age of 84. He hit .272 in 1719 major league games between 1956 and 1970. His peak years were with the Cleveland Indians between 1959 and 1962 and he was selected to the 1961 American League all-star team. In 1959 he hit .363, but failed to qualify for the Batting title by about 30 plate appearances. He also had a career high 20 home runs that season. Francona hit 16 HR with a career high 85 RBI and a .301 batting average in 1961, his only all-star season. Francona played for the Phillies for part of the 1967 season. He is the father of Terry Francona, current Cleveland Indians manager, who managed the Phillies between 1997 and 2000.

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        • #19
          Bill Robinson died in 2007.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Macker View Post
            Bill Robinson died in 2007.
            Corrected list due to your post on B.Robinson.....Thanks!

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            • #21
              Through 5/31/2018: According to Wikipedia There are 15 former Phillies among the 100 oldest living major league players and 21 former Phillies among the 125 oldest living MLB players.

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              • #22
                'Whiz Kid' pitcher Paul Stuffel passed away on Sept. 9, 2018. Pitchers Bob Miller, 92 and Curt Simmons, 89 are the last remaining survivors of the 1950 Phillies National League championship team.

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                • #23
                  Birthdates for players on the 'Oldest Living Phillies' list have been extended through 12/31/1943. - Players listed are Age 75 and older.

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                  • #24
                    Nov. 8 - Today is the 98th birthday of 3B/OF/PH Wally Westlake (1956 Phillies; MLB: 1947-1956; 1951 N.L. all-star)). birthdate: November 8, 1920. (1920-) He is the second longest-lived player in Phillies franchise history. Only 1940 Phillies INF Alex Monchak (1917-2016) lived to be older than Westlake
                    (98 years, 191 days).
                    Westlake reached the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947 after World War Two military service. Westlake had some excellent seasons early in his career hitting .272 lifetime.over his 10 year MLB career.
                    He had three seasons where he hit at least 20 home runs: (career high 24 home runs in 1950), topped 90 RBI twice (career high: 104 RBI in 1949) and his batting average career highs were: as an everyday player .285 twice in 1948 and 1950, and .330 as a reserve in 1953. He was a highly valued reserve where he hit 11 home runs off the bench of the 1954 Cleveland Indians, a team that won the American League pennant with record setting performances in wins and winning percentage (111-43, .721 win .pctg) and he was selected to and played in the 1951 all-star game , representing the National League as a St. Louis Cardinal. .
                    Westlake's career stops included: 1947-1951 Pittsburgh Pirates; 1951-1952; St. Louis Cardinals; 1952 Cincinnati Reds 1952-1955 Cleveland Indians 1955 Baltimore Orioles and finally 1956 Philadelphia Phillies.
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                    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-08-2018, 05:22 AM.

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                    • #25
                      The oldest living former MLB player as of today is Fred Caligiuri who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He is 100 years and 17 days old (born 22 Oct 1918). The secret must be in the cheese steaks.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by jjpm74 View Post
                        The oldest living former MLB player as of today is Fred Caligiuri who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He is 100 years and 17 days old (born 22 Oct 1918). The secret must be in the cheese steaks.
                        Besides being the oldest living MLB player and the only Centenarian (100years or more of age) ,who played in the majors the most seasons ago - 77 through 2018, another distinction held by Fred Caligiuri, is that he pitched with the 1941 and 1942 Philadelphia Athletics and since he started his MLB career in 1941, he is the only living MLB player who was active in the major leagues before America entered World War Two (Pearl Harbor - December 1941).

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by jjpm74 View Post
                          The oldest living former MLB player as of today is Fred Caligiuri who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He is 100 years and 17 days old (born 22 Oct 1918). The secret must be in the cheese steaks.
                          Didn't Woody Allen or one of his characters in the 1973 Comedy/Sci Fi movie "Sleeper" set centuries ahead in the future say that SCIENCE had figured out that the key to longevity was the consumption of Hot Fudge Sundaes. If only the Hot Fudge Sundaes or Cheese Steaks Factor were really True!
                          Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-10-2018, 04:28 AM.

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                          • #28
                            November 8, 2018: RHP - Ron Negray passed away at the age of 88. Negray pitched sporadically in the majors in the 1950s. For the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1955 & 1956 Phillies, and the 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers, in their first year on the West Coast, Negray compiled a 6-6 record, with a 4.04 earned run average. He has Topps baseball cards portraying him both with the Dodgers and the Phillies.He was a lifelong resident of the Akron, Ohio area.
                            Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-12-2018, 07:16 AM.

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                            • #29
                              November 13: Today is Infielder, Bobby Pfeil's 75th birthday and he becomes the 105th member of the Currently Living "Phillies Alumni Three-Quarters Of A Century Club" (Living Phillies Players who are 75 or older). Pfeil spent a number of years in the high minors reaching the majors only twice, wtih the 1969 New York Mets and the 1971 Phillies. His two major leagues experiences couldn't have been more different. He played on a 1969 Mets team that would win the NL Eastern Division, NL Pennant, and then score an upset win to take the '69 World Series title, while in 1971 he'd play on the 67-95 last-place Phillies. On one level his working or playing conditions were about the same. The Mets' Shea Stadium was only in it's sixth year of existence in 1969 and as a stadium it was in it's prime, and it hosted a number of sellouts. in 1971 the Phillies had some big crowds too with local casual fans and lifelong fanatical Phillies fans all wanting to come to catch games at the Phillies brand new Veterans Stadium, which was in it's inaugural season after opening that April 10.

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                              • #30
                                December 3, 2018: It is RHP - Jerry Johnson's 75th birthday. He becomes the 106th living former Phillie to be a member of their "Three-Quarters of A Century Club" : Living Phillies Players age 75 and older. He was a Phillie in 1968 and 1969. The Phillies were he first MLB team of his 10 year career in the big leagues (1968-1977).
                                Today is also Catcher, Clay Dalrymple's 82nd birthday. Dalrymple spent almost the entire 1960s decade with the Philles . (1960-1968) remaining in the majors through 1971 in a 12 year MLB career. Dalrymple was a member of the 1970 World Series-winning Baltimore Orioles. After his playing career Dalrymple spent many years as a Baltimore Orioles Radio-TV broadcaster.

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