The Phillies Reader / Edition 2

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Overview

An anthology of some of the best writing about the up-and-down history of the Philadelphia Phillies, this updated paperback edition features several new essays-including one about Citizens Bank Park-and the team's recent history. The stories herein provide fans with some of the best sportswriting about the woes and triumphs of Phillies baseball.

The Phillies Reader features essays on the athletic achievements of such legendary players as Chuck Klein, Richie Ashburn, Dick Allen, and Mike Schmidt; the political turmoil surrounding the "ok" from manager Ben Chapman to "ride" Jackie Robinson about the color of his skin; the bizarre shooting of Eddie Waitkus; the heroics of the Whiz Kids; the heartbreak of '64; and the occasional triumphs and frequent travails of controversial managers Gene Mauch, Frank Lucchesi, and Danny Ozark. It asks why fans boo great players such as Del Ennis, but forgave Pat Burrell for his horrendous 2003 slump.

Featuring essays by Red Smith, Pete Dexter, Roger Angell, and James Michener, among others, The Phillies Reader presents a compendium of Phillies literature that reveals what it is that makes legends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592133987
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Early years
Delahanty hits four home runs 15
Young Cy vs. the Phillies 17
How I lost the 1915 World Series 20
When Casey was a Phillie 26
Futile Phils
The pitchless wonders 37
Klein hits four home runs 40
The doormats of the loop 44
Nugent shows them, instead 47
Phillies in black and white
The all-black Phillies? 53
"We doan need no niggers here" 56
Phillies warned on "riding" Jackie 63
Major league "dozens" playing 67
Johnny Kennedy 71
Whiz kids
Eddie Waitkus 75
The whiz kids come of age 80
Game two, 1950 85
First Robin of fling (Robin Roberts) 89
The Nebraska comet (Richie Ashburn) 96
Baseball eye 99
The tragedy of the Phillies 104
The Mauch years
The many moods of Mauch 125
The Dalton Gang rides again 129
What it feels like to lose 23 in a row 133
Something special (Dick Allen) 135
Jim Bunning : daddy's day pitcher 139
A week with the Phillies 145
Out with a whimper 162
The survivors of '64 : Johnny Callison 171
Uecker's (next-to) last hurrah 177
The Lucchesi interlude
Thoroughly modern Phillies 189
The quality of mercy is not strained 192
The axman Cometh (Frank Lucchesi) 196
The Ozark era
Schmidt hits four home runs 205
A flag for Betsy Ross's town? 209
The ten-minute collapse 213
Life and death through the years with the Phillies 216
Schmidt just made it look easy 220
Thin mountain air (Steve Carlton) 225
The wizard of Oze, through the years (Danny Ozark) 241
Championship seasons
1980 : it wasn't pretty but it sure was fun 249
Those malevolent Phillies 262
What money hath (and hathn't) wrought 266
Bah, humbug! 271
The Amtrak series 275
Long-haired aliens cross the border 281
Game four : when four hours, 14 minutes and 14 runs weren't enough 284
New century, new stadium
Three poems about four hall of famers 305
The truth about Bill Veeck and the 1943 Phillies 308
You can go home again 332
Why did they boo Del Ennis? 341
Mind games 346
An appealing place, at least on the inside 356
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