More than Beards, Bellies and Biceps: The Story of the 1993 Phillies (And the Phillie Phanatic Too)

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Stubble scruffed up their chins. Tobacco wads ballooned their cheeks. The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies had the look of a slow-pitch softball team itching to kick some serious butt. They did kick butt, too, on and off the field. “They lived the life of professional baseball players as fully as it can be done,” manager Jim Fregosi said. Though they weren’t a photogenic bunch, their mugs were everywhere, on Baseball Today, on David Letterman, and on Saturday Night Live. Even President Clinton quipped about them. The ...

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Overview

Stubble scruffed up their chins. Tobacco wads ballooned their cheeks. The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies had the look of a slow-pitch softball team itching to kick some serious butt. They did kick butt, too, on and off the field. “They lived the life of professional baseball players as fully as it can be done,” manager Jim Fregosi said. Though they weren’t a photogenic bunch, their mugs were everywhere, on Baseball Today, on David Letterman, and on Saturday Night Live. Even President Clinton quipped about them. The newly revised edition of Robert Gordon’s and Tom Burgoyne’s More Than Beards, Bellies, and Biceps: The Story of the 1993 Phillies tells the complete story of this gang of baseball throwbacks that quickly seduced the hometown fans. By season’s end they had won over the rest of the country, too. America’s Most Wanted Team became America’s Team in a heart-thumping World Series against Toronto. The ’93 Phils drew more spectators than any other Philadelphia franchise in the city’s century-and-a-quarter of professional sports. More Than Beards, Bellies, and Biceps offers the story of a team that burned the candle at both ends and lit up a city like a firecracker.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781613213452
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,362,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Bob Gordon has written for major publications in the United States and England. His previous works include books about beloved, overachieving Philadelphia teams like the 1960 Eagles, the 1993 Phillies, and the 1985 Villanova Wildcats. He is also a professional engineer with a successful consulting business, respected travel and restaurant writer, humor columnist, French tutor, and guitar teacher/performer.

Tom Burgoyne has been the official Phillie Phanatic since 1994 after serving as the backup from 1989 to 1993. He played a major role in the Phillies marketing department and was a creative force in the stadium scoreboard control room throughout the 1993 championship season. For eighteen years Burgoyne has been well-known and well-connected in the Quaker City sports scene. He has appeared frequently in newspaper and magazine articles, radio programs, and TV shows, both as Tom Burgoyne and as the Phillie Phanatic.

Larry Andersen is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball and current radio commentator for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    Phils Phan Sacred Book!

    If you were like me and lost more than a bit of yourself when Joe Carter hit that homerun in '93, then this is the ultimate book for you. Its written by a homer for the homers, and it is written well. The book is filled with Phillies' trivia, nostalgia and behind the scenes stories. Its walks you back through that incredible season with a good hearty laugh every two pages. Lets face it...a book that focuses on John Kruk and the boys can't miss. Its wonderful.

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