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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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  1. Gavin

    January 31, 2008 at 10:27 am

    My first game was Sept. 26th. 1980 against the Expos. I was 6. I don’t remember much. We sat in right center ……right in front of those portable bleachers they had at the vet at the back of the rows on the lower level.

    (From Research) David Palmer went the whole way for the Spos. Maddux went deep in the 2nd. Dick Ruthven went 7. Tug came in the 8th…….6 up/6 down.

    This I remember….Game tied at 1-1, Bake McBride steps to the plate to leadoff the 9th. Long drive…..deep leftcenter….watch this baby!! Way outta here! The crowd went nuts. I couldnt see what was going on down on the field b/c I was a little guy, but I could see the Phanovision. It had a baked potato opening up with steam rising up and it said, “BAKE TATER!!!” Phils win 2-1. Not bad huh. I wish I remembered more.
    Phils lineup:

  2. Benjamin Franklin

    January 31, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    My memory was of 2007. we lost game 10 000

  3. william Penn

    January 31, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    When I founded this great state I never dreamed that it would come to be the state that represented life, liberty, and the worst sports franchise in history

  4. Morrisquads

    January 31, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Honestly – I don’t remember my first Phillies game. I grew up in Pittsburgh and came east at some point during my childhood to see a game at the Vet (which looked eerily similar to Three Rivers Stadium). Since then I’ve been to TONS of Phillies games.

    I make Philly my home, now and I can remember my neice & nephew’s first game. It was Millwood’s No Hitter – April 27, 2003. They were 6, I was 26.

    They still talk about the day their uncle had tears in his eyes and kept saying them, “Remember this day! You’ll never see another game like this one!” To this day – I haven’t.

    This year is the 5th anniversary of that game.

  5. Kevin

    February 1, 2008 at 9:33 am

    My first game was in Sept. 1983 against the Giants. I was nine years-old. The Phillies lost the game 5-4. Lefty started and got the loss. My memory of the game is sketchy, but I do remember everyone getting very excited in the bottom of the ninth when Pete Rose, who didn’t start that day, came up to pinch hit with runners on base and two out. Unfortunately, unlike so many other times when he came up big, Rose grounded out to end the game.

    Many of you Philly fans out there may remember the previous game which was quite memorable; Ozzie Virgil hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win it.

  6. John

    February 1, 2008 at 10:26 am

    It was camera day at Veterans Satdium in the early 70’s. Jim Longborg was pitching and I don’t remember much other than the dancing waterfalls, the picture of the back of my head and Terry Harmon and that old man in the stands everyone called Yo-yo. Going to the Phillies game with dad were some of the best memories of my youth.
    I love the Mets-Phils rivalry. It’s gonna be another banner year. Go Phils!


    February 1, 2008 at 10:28 am


  8. Joe

    February 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I saw my first Phillies game in April 1957 (you read that right). It was a Saturday day game. I was six years old. Robin Roberts lost a 10 – 2 decision at Connie Mack Stadium to the New York Giants. One week later I saw my first win, a 5 – 2 decision over the Chicago Cubs. I remember that day like it was yesterday. When I walked out of the tunnel and saw all that green against the blue sky for the first time I was awed by its beauty. I still am. I always felt bad for Phillies fams whose first experience with baseball was the Vet. Those of you that cut your teeth in that astroturf rathole were truly cheated. The happiest day of my life (next to game 6 1980) was the day they blew that dump up. Long live grass and dirt.

  9. Bob

    February 1, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I do not remember my first game, but i have some great memories of some of the games i went to as a child.

    In 1952, our small town in Chester County would take buses of kids to to 21st and Lehigh, Schieb Park (Connie Mack Stadium). We would pay $.25 to get in and sit in the bleachers in left field. The A,s were playing the Red Sox and the guy playing left field for the Sox hit two home runs. He became my favorite player…..Ted Williams, who happens to be the only major league player to serve in two wars. So much for the A’s.

    My family has been Phillies fans forever….My dad would always get tickets for the twi-light doubleheaders. One nite I often recall was not so good for the Phillies. Koufax pitiched a no-hitter in the first game and Drysdale had a no-hitter going into the 7th. It took 16 innings before my Phillies got a basehit. What a Night.

  10. Louis DeVizia

    February 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Can’t remember the details, but it was a bus trip from my dad’s job in the 70’s. We sat in the 200 Level and the Phils played the Expos I think. About 1975 maybe…

    The earliest one I can remember details about was in 1979. Danny Osark had just been fired and replaced by Dallas Green. It was a rare weekday afternoon game. Keith Moreland hit a HR down the leftfield line. The Pirates argued that the ball was foul and the umps reversed the call! Green went NUTS. The fans, used to the laid back Ozark, LOVED it. The Phils lost the game 2-1 I think. But the boss had arrived. We know what happened the next year.

  11. george

    February 1, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I don’t remember the details of my first Phillies game,but I still have a lot of memories from that Day.My Grandmother took me to Connie Mack on the trolly.When we got there I got my first ballpark souvineers.I got the mini bat pens(real wood back then)and the original bobbleheads (filled with sawdust).
    I remember hearing those plastic horns and wanting one very badly but my grandmother said she couldn’t find where they were being sold.Looking back I think she just did’t want me blowing that thing next to her all of the way home.I guess for not knowing who we were playing or who won it still is one of my best memories ever.

  12. steve d

    February 1, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    it was the phils vs the giants back in 62, i went because willie mays was my fav player. willie didn’t start that day but got in the game later. phils lost i think it was 7-4 jack sanford got his 18 win against 6 loses and art mahaffey was the loser. felipe alou and orlando cepeda homered for the giants.

  13. Brian Michael

    February 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    My first game was some time in the mid-80s. I don’t remember the game, but I do specifically remember Ozzie Virgil hitting a home run because I had just gotten his baseball card in a pack a couple days earlier. I also remember my mom always saying to wear a jacket because it’s windier at the ballpark. Oh how I miss the Vet…

  14. Alphonse Dattolo

    February 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm


  15. Steve

    February 1, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    1954, the last preseason game held in Wilmington – Phillies and Yankees. The key play was Mickey Mantle up with the bases loaded and he hit a shallow blooper behind shortstop. Richie Ashburn and Del Ennis collided running after the fly and Ashburn broke his leg. Probably his worst memory of his career.

  16. Tim Malcolm

    February 1, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Great stories. Really digging the stories of the 1950s Phils. I do wish I got to witness Shibe/Connie Mack, but hey, the Vet holds a lot of wonderful memories for me. But thank God we have Citizens Bank Park now.

  17. Chris Audesirk

    February 2, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    It was the summer of ’69 ( my apoligies to Bryan Adams) my first game was a twilight double header vs. the Mets. My Dad was just home from the VA hospital and couldn’t take my 2 brothers and I to our first game at Connie Mack Stadium. My Mom, who had to work to support all six kids, arranged for two of my older brothers teachers to take us.
    We had been to NYC, but never to Philadelphia. I have to admit the neighborhood surrounding the ballparkwas scarey for a bunch of country boys but that all went away once I saw Connie Mack Stadium. What memories!
    The smell of old cigars and stale beer, the sight of the greenest green of the field, the clock in centerfield atop the scoreboard, the rightfield wall, the girders and finally… THE PHILLIES themselves.
    Gary Gentry pitched a one to nothing shutout in the first game but the Fightins’ took the second game on two mammoth homeruns. One by Larry Hisle the other by Richie Allen. The homer by Allen was shot to dead centerfield that I thought the pitcher could leap up to catch. But it just climbing and climbing…MAJESTIC!
    A memory I have shared with my 4 sons and anyone who will listen!

  18. Bob

    February 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Tim, since you enjoyed my earlier story, i will share with everyone another piece from Shibe Park about the parking. The block next to the stadium was the parking area. It was best to get to the games very early, if not, you would be in real trouble. You entered the parking area from one block, you then drove forward up against the next car. When that row was full, they started another row, within 12″ next to you. They did not leave an aisle to get out. When the game was over, if the cars in front of you did not move, you did not move either. I can remember on more than one occasion it taking us over three hours to leave the parking lot.

    There was another choice….The local people would allow you to park in front of their home, if you paid them to watch your car.

    Often times we would be sitting in the car, awaiting for the folks in front of us to get into their cars so we could move out,,,, but there was some good that came out of that. After the game, the players came out of the stadium next to that lot. I did get may great autographs while waiting. Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Curt Simmons, Andy Seminick, Willie Jones to name a few……much to my dismay, my mother cleaned out the attic and they have all been lost.

  19. Ken Deitz

    February 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    My first Phils game – I was 9. August 1, 1964. Phils Dodgers. The town was baseball crazy. The Phils had a 9 game lead at the time and were playing unbelievable baseball. We sat in Connie Mack in the left field stands down the third base line, say 30 feet past the bag, in the upper tier.

    Don Drysdale was the Dodger starter and the Phils bombed him. I think Chris Short started for the Phils or maybe Dennis Bennett, can’t remember. John Herrnstein hit a home run for the Phils that was the deciding blow in the game. Tommy Davis hit a long homerun to the roof of the bleachers in Left field. I think Ed Roebuck got the win for the Phils that night. Cookie Rojas also was memorable, he probably had three hits or something like that. But once you go, you are a fan for life.

  20. bill s

    February 6, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    my first phillies game was a doubleheader versus the Giants. The giants team featured willie mays in centerfield and w. mcCovey at 1B. Never ever forget that game(s)! I was about 10 years old. Went with my dad and uncle. I remember Clay Dalrymple was the phils catcher that day and bill white was at 1B. The phils were not that good in those days and I believe we probably went to see Willie play!!!!!!!!

  21. Pat Mahoney

    February 10, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    First Game I recall. Friday, July 15 1966. I was 11 yrs old and the Giants were at Connie Mack. Juan Marichal (14-4) vs Jim Bunning. Our neighbor at our summer house was Joan Rosney (Phillies Team nurse). She took me down there, we arrived at 4pm for a nite game. She sent me down to the field to see Cookie Rojas and say “Nurse Rosney said to watch me” I did and he did. I kid my son to this day (when Cookie is on TV) that he was my first babysitter. Some usher (who knew I was w/the Team Nurse) sat me right behind the plate, where I watched Marichal and Willie Mays (he hit a HR) decimate the Fightins 8-1 He went to 15-4, and struck out 10. His stuff was VERY nasty. To this day I can picture his sliders. The only pitchers I have seen his equal have been Pedro Martinez (w/Boston almost no-hiting the O’s in Baltimore ) and Lefty many times of course. I saw Kofax and Drysdale in Philly, never saw Gibson I don’t believe, wish my Dad was here to tell. Phils ended in 4th that yr w/an 87-75 record. One lasting memory of that “pre-game” I have (now remember I was there before the park opened up) is Willy McCovey and all playing pepper with a ball so beat up that when they went into the stands I didn’t even chase em. Clubs were cheap then, even about balls. After the game I was in the Nurse’s office, by the clubhouses and the visitors (Giants) had many cigar smoking older (to me) black guys hanging out to see their “cousin” Willie Mays. Being a naive 11 yr old I remember thinking “Man. he’s got a big family”

  22. Hugh Keough, Jr.

    March 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    My parents promised me that if I behaved in school my dad would take me to a Phillies Game. I was in the second or third grade and was not the best behaved lad, but I really did want to go see the Phillies play. Johnny Callison, Richie Allen, Jim Bunning, Chris Short, Ruben Amaro, Wes Covington, Cookie Rojas……So in June when I got my last report card and finally earned a “C” in “Self Control”, they agreed, my dad would take me. Just me. Not my mom or the younger kids. It was going to be the first time I went somewhere with him without my mom or the other kids. I remember he drove his stationwagon. He parked the wagon on Lehigh ave and man came up and asked him if he wanted him to watch his car until the game was over. My dad gave him some change. I never saw him do that before. I thought it was strange. Anyway…. As we walked on the sidewalk the stadium just rose right up beside me. My dad took me by the hand. There it was. Connie Mack Stadium. He called it Shibe Park. It didn’t look like any park I knew. From the outside it looked like just another one of those textile factories that surrounded his flower shop in Kensington. The crowd began to build. We went through the gates on the corner. There were iron bar railings and turnstiles. As we entered Connie Mack I somehow felt like I was entering the world of men. Straight ahead there were guys hawking programs and then there were the consession stands. He bought me a hotdog and a soda. He got a Ballentine Beer. My dad handed me the program. He took a Phillies cigar out of a box that he had in his shirt pocket and put it in his mouth. I never saw him smoke a cigar before. He took me by the hand again and we walked up the grey concrete ramp that would lead to our seats. It was then that I saw what so many others have described before, the green, green grass of Connie Mack Stadium. I don’t know why that green field had such an impact on so many of us. Were we a “green” deprived people who lived in grey, urban Philly? Or had we waited through the dull dreary Philly winter to greet our Phils in the spring? Or was Connie Mack our own little piece of the “Land of OZ?” Maybe a little of all that and more. Of course I’d seen grass before but nothing so big and bright. Manicured. The bases were clean and white, even the dirt was neat and flat. My dad found our seats. He lit his cigar. He began to relax. He opened the program to the middle and showed me how to keep score. I leaned on his shoulder. I was with my dad. I can’t remember who lost those games, but looking back I realized both he and I had won. We were together for a little while sharing something special. We went back many times after that. We went to games in the Summer of ’64. We saw our Phillies as well as Hank Aaron’s Braves, Willie Mays’s Giants, the ’69 Mets, Ernie Bank’s Cubs and the others. Connie Mack closed. The grass was gone. The ’70s brought the Vet, Astroturf, and its huge parking lot. No mystery field behind the factory walls. No ramps leading to the green grass. I started going to games with my friends. My brother and sisters were now old enough to come to the games with my dad and me. I’m glad he and I had that time together. I’m glad we had Connie Mack Stadium. And I forgive the Phillies for not winning in ’64. Hugh Keough, Davie, FL.

  23. Hats

    March 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Haha ^^ nice, is there a section to follow the RSS feed

  24. Joye Laviola

    July 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Great stuff. Thanks for this.

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