Seniors 55 and over are invited to relive history at the fourth annual Phillies Alumni Luncheon (now sold out) on Thursday, Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.
Selected as the Associated Press Manager of the Year after guiding the Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant. Phillies were the third team in baseball history to go from last place in 1992, his first full season as their manager, to pennant-winners. Except for April 9, his Phillies spent the entire season in first place.
Architect of the 1993 Phillies who was named Major League Baseball Executive of the Year following the exciting season. With only five home-grown players, he built the championship team around trades and free agency. All pitchers on the postseason roster were acquired via trades except for Larry Andersen.
Mitch Williams, nicknamed the "Wild Thing", was the closer on the 1993 National League champions. He recorded 43 saves, then a club record. He was involved in two of the greatest moments in the history of Veterans Stadium that year. He struck out Atlanta's Bill Pecota to give the Phillies the NL pennant. Earlier, he won a historic game with his bat, a 13th-inning single that came on 4:40 a..m., July 2.
At 41 years of age, "LA" was the senior citizen on the 1993 club. Missed nearly a month on the disabled list but still wound up relieving in 64 games, striking out 67 in 61.2 innings. His only save came in Game 5 of the League Championship Series against Atlanta. Only player to be on both the 1983 and 1993 NL champions.
Signed as a free agent on January 19, 1993, "Eisey" began the season as the fifth outfielder before working his way into a platoon with Wes Chamberlain in right field. Hit .318 in 153 games, both career highs. Became one of the many fan favorites on the club. Drove in seven runs during the World Series.
A former first-round selection by Atlanta, Tommy was acquired from the Braves along with Dale Murphy during the 1990 season. Started 1993 season 8-0, the best start for a Phillies pitcher in 12 years. Finished with his best season ever, 16-4, with 11 wins coming before the All-Star Game.