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Phun Week: Your First Phillies Game

With yesterday’s signing of Pedro Feliz, I delayed the start of Phun Week.

Then, the Mets decided to trade for Johan Santana. We’ll have more on the developments of the deal as it happens.

So I delayed the start of Phun Week again.

What is Phun Week?

Basically, I will share with you some of my “fun” memories as a Phillies fan, and present topics that are on the light-hearted side, just to keep those winter blues from slipping in.

So the first of these five Phun Week posts is about your first Phillies game.

I remember the game only because I was told about later on, and researched the exact date through Baseball Reference.

June 22, 1985, Phillies vs. Pirates.

Charles Hudson was on the mound for the Phils (he carried a 3.78 ERA with a 8-13 record in ’85), and gave up two runs in the first inning (including a Johnny Ray home run). Larry McWilliams threw for the Bucs, and was pretty good until a Mike Schmidt double in the fourth. He would score on a Bo Diaz GIDP. (Wow, these teams were bad.)

But Diaz would come back in the eighth, singling home slugger Glenn Wilson to make it 2-2. In the ninth, Don Robinson came into the game and hit Luis Aguayo. John Candelaria replaced Robinson and gave up a single to Tim Corcoran. (Who are these guys?) Then, up stepped Juan Samuel.

Long drive, watch that baby, outta here!

Phils win 5-2 on a Samuel walkoff.

Phils lineup for that game:
Juan Samuel – 2B
Rick Schu – 3B
Mike Schmidt – 1B
Glenn Wilson – RF
Bo Diaz – C
Garry Maddox – CF
John Russell – LF
Steve Jeltz – SS
Charles Hudson – P

Sitting out for this contest, the highly regarded Mr. 5-for-1, Von Hayes.

I was a bit younger than 1 years old at the time, and the first real Phillies game I’ll remember won’ t be until 1989 (seeing the Mike Schmidt “We Love You” sign in centerfield. But for first games, this wasn’t a bad one.

What’s your first Phillies game?

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