Site News - March 2007

 

RIP Vuk: The 1980 Phillies family has lost another member. John Vukovich, a back-up infielder on the 1980 squad, last lost his battle with brain cancer at age 59. A career .161 hitter in the major leagues, Vukovich made his second career more successful as a coach for several teams, including 16 with the Phils from 1988 through 2004. Here's a nice write-up by Curt Schilling.

 

March Update: With Spring Training wrapping up and getting ready to start the season, I have put in a few spring training articles from the 1980 season. With Dallas Green running his first camp, the Phils were basking in the Florida sunshine, and the hopes that 1980 would, indeed, end the long championship drought in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, strike talk was also looming, as one of the articles describes. You can find the new articles by themselves, or browse the extensive articles page.

 

Ready To GO: Just a few more days remain until the season gets underway, with the Phils raising hopes that the playoffs may actually beckon Philadelphia faithful this year. With MVP slugger Ryan Howard leading the assault, and bolstered by the addition of Freddy Garcia and Adam Eaton, the Phils hope to go all the way, and make 1980 not seem quite so long ago.

 

Civil Rights Game: This doesn't involve the Phillies, but is important nonetheless. The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals will play the inaugural Civil Rights Game in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is infamous for being the city where Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Baseball, often a reflection of and an influence on American culture, will honor the memory of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement with various activities to remember the contributions of various individuals on modern civil rights, including Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's "color barrier" in 1947. For their part, the Phillies will hold a salute to Robinson on April 15, when they host the Houston Astros.

 

Myers Starts Opener: Brett Myers, who won 12 games for the Phils last year and showed some signs of blossoming into the staff ace he was projected to be, was named to be the opening day starter by Phils manager Charlie Manuel. For Brett, it will be the first time for the honor. After dealing with some personal problem in the middle of 2006, Myers was solid in the stretch, going 7-4 after the All-Star Break to finish 12-7 overall. The rest of the Phils' rotation includes Cole Hamels, Freddy Garcia, Adam Eaton and Jamie Moyer. Jon Leiber, entering his third season with the team, is currently slated to go to the bullpen.

 

Newspaper Archive: The articles added to the website database this month come from newspaperarchive.com. This website has a large archive or newspapers from a variety of newspapers from around the world. I have found it helpful to work on this site. It is a pay site (just shy of $10 per month), but it does have some free features if you'd like to check it out.

 

Problems?: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail me at 1980phillies @swfla.rr.com (address obsolete). As of right now, there should be pages for every link on the site.

 

Wanted: Any and all articles that pertain to the 1980 Phillies, or any players on the roster from that year. If you have some to donate/lend/sell/steal please e-mail me. Copies are wonderful! I am particularly interested in getting articles during the season from the Philadelphia newspapers (unfortunately, newspaperarchive.com do not have any Philadelphia newspapers).

 

Future Updates: Article work has been the only activity for awhile, and life will not get any less busy in the next few months with a new baby arriving (some things truly are more important than baseball!). I am hoping to do a little clean-up work, and eventually get to the much-promised redesign of the articles pages to make them easier to navagate. Of course, I am also trying to add at least 3-5 new articles each month. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me.

 

Go Phillies!
Richard Summers