Site News - April 2009

Special April Update: Like all Phillies fans, I was stunned by the news this afternoon of the passing of one of the most memorable voices of our childhood. Harry Kalas was found unconscious in the broadcast booth at Nationals Park while preparing to announce the game between the Phillies and the Washington Nationals. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead. I have put up a memorial article for Harry on the site. With heavy hearts, we keep the Kalas family in our prayers and mourn the passing of a Philadelphia broadcasting legend.

 

Kalas Tributes: Here are some links to Harry Kalas tributes across the internet.

 

Current Record: The Phils, despite lackluster starting pitching and inconsistent hitting in the beginning of the season, have manage to start even

  • Current Record: 3-3
  • Division Placement: 3rd, 2 games behind the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins

 

Nice Combacks vs. Braves, Rockies: Even though the Phillies' bats and starting rotation have both started slowly, they have still managed to attain a 3-3 record after the first week of the season. Two reasons are big in this accomplishment: the bullpen and the bench. Both have been stellar, helping the Phils overcome early deficits to win a game against both the Braves (in which the Phils were down 10-3 before mounting a comeback) and the Rockies (in which the Phils were down 5-2 before roaring back).

 

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.

 

New E-Mail: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail. The e-mail has changed, and is embedded in the graphic below for security purposes. (Note: For new website, click on “contact.”)

 

 

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). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.

 

Future Updates: Now that school is back in session, the updates will continue to be about 5 or so articles per month. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me. For next month I will probably work to add articles from the actual Game 2 of the World Series.

 

Go Phillies!
Richard Summers

April Update: It's still hard to believe that Harry is no longer with us. The memories of his calls will remain in our hearts forever. This month was a little tough to look up old articles about 1980, with the memory still fresh in mind. However, I was able to transcribe five articles (from the Gettysburg Times and Syracuse Post-Standard), pretty much polishing off the Game Two articles that I have. You can find the articles by title (the old article page), by month, the new articles page, and by game (the day-by-day boxscore pages).

 

Kalas Tributes: Here are some links to Harry Kalas tributes across the internet.

 

Current Record: The Phils, overcoming a rough stretch of games early in the season, swept a series from the Marlins, who had started off red-hot, and taking the first two from the Washington Nationals to pull closer to the Marlins.

  • Current Record: 10-8
  • Division Placement: 2nd, ½ game behind the Florida Marlins

 

Hamels Hobbled: Tonight's win againts the National came at a price. Cole Hamels, trying to field a bunt from the Nationals' John Lannan, rolled over his left ankle and had to leave the game. The severity of the injury is unknown.

 

Grand Slams Galore: Part of the current five-game winning streak has been timely hitting. The three biggest hits may have been three grand slams: Shane Victorino (in the 9th, a two-out shot off of Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom to win the game), Ryan Howard (off Shairon Martis to tie the Nationals on Apr. 27), and Raul Ibanez (off Joel Hanrahan to put the Phils ahead to stay in that same game).

 

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.

 

New E-Mail: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail. The e-mail has changed, and is embedded in the graphic below for security purposes.

  

 

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). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.

 

Future Updates: Now that school is back in session, the updates will continue to be about 5 or so articles per month. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me. For next month I will probably work to add articles from the actual Game 2 of the World Series.

 

Go Phillies!
Richard Summers