In an era when television and professional sports are synonymous, baseball remains not only a sport to watch, but a sport to read about and study. Avid baseball fans linger over box scores, grumble through opinionated columns, and cheer-rousing headlines. Over the last hundred years baseball has generated more ink than any other sport. It is not only the favorite pastime of American sports fans, but also a considerable passion for American sports writers. If television is what brings the game into our living rooms, then it is the writers who bring the game to our hearts and minds. The Phillies Reader offers selections from some of the best writers to ever write about the woes and triumphs of the Philadelphia Phillies and their hard-ball fans. This collection covers over a century of the team's history, from the time Ed Delahanty hit a remarkable four home runs in a game, to the 1993 against-all-odds run at the World Championship. The Phillies Reader not only documents the franchise but presents a history of the journalism that sometimes supported it, and other times sought to bring it down.
The stories include the athletic achievements of such legendary Phillies as Chuck Klein, Richie Ashburn, Dick Allen, 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. From Red Smith to James Michener, The Phillies Reader presents for the first time an archive of Phillies literature that reveals what it is that makes legends. Author note: Richard Orodenker teaches English and American studies at Penn State University, Ogontz. He is author of The Writer's Game: Baseball Writing in America.
Introduction Part I: Early Years 1. Delahanty Hits Four Home Runs The Chicago Tribune 2. "Young Cy" vs. The Phillies Charles Dryden 3. How I Lost the 1915 World Series Grover Cleveland Alexander 4. When Casey Was a Phillie Robert W. Creamer Part II: Futile Phils 5. The Pitchless Wonders Jack Orr 6. Klein Hits Four Home Runs The Philadelphia Inquirer 7. The Doormats of the Loop Al Horwits 8. Nugent Show Them, Instead Red Smith Part III: Phillies in Black and White 9. The All-Black Phillies? Bill Veeck as told to Ed Linn 10. "We Doan Need No Niggers Here" Roger Kahn 11. "Phillies Warned On 'Riding' Jackie" Wendell Smith 12. Major League "Dozens" Playing Dan Burley 13. Johnny Kennedy Claude E. Harrison, Jr Part IV: Whiz Kids 14. Eddie Waitkus Ira Berkow 15. The Whiz Kids Come of Age Bob Stevens 16. Game Two, 1950 Joe Williams 17. First Robin of Fling (Robin Roberts) Edgar Williams 18. The Nebraska Comet (Richie Ashburn) Mike Gaven 19. Baseball Eye John Lardner 20. The Tragedy of the Phillies Ed Linn Part V: The Mauch Years 21. The Many Moods of Mauch Furman Bisher 22. The Dalton Gang Rides Again Walter Bingham 23. One in a Row Sandy Grady 24. What It Feels Like to Lose 23 in a Row Si Burick 25. Something Special (Dick Allen) Larry Murchant 26. Daddy's Day Pitcher (Jim Bunning) Ray Robinson 27. A Week with the Phillies Arnold Hano 28. Out with a Whimper Sandy Grady 29. The Survivors of '64: Johnny Callison Stan Hochman 30. Uecker's (Next-to) Last Hurrah Bob Uecker and Mickey Herskovitz Part VI: The Lucchesi Interlude 31. Thoroughly Modern Phillies Roy Blount, Jr. 32. The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained Tom Cushman 33. The Axman Cometh (Frank Lucchesi) Frank Dolson Part VII: The Ozark Era 34. Mike Schmidt Hits Four Home Runs Allen Lewis 35. A Flag for Betsy Ross's Town Red Smith 36. The Ten Minute Collapse Bill Conlin 37. Life and Death through the Years with the Phillies James A. Michener 38. Body and Soul (Mike Schmidt) Tony Kornheiser 39. Thin Mountain Air (Steve Carlton) Pat Jordan 40. The Wizard of Oze, through the Years (Danny Ozark) Ted Silary Part VIII: Championship Seasons 41. 1980: It Wasn't Pretty but It Sure Was Fun Thomas Boswell 42. What Money Hath (and Hathn't) Wrought Wilfrid Sheed 43. Bah, Humbug! Pete Dexter 44. The Metroliner Series Roger Angell 45. Long-Haired Aliens Cross the Border George Vecsey 46. Game Four When Four Hours, 14 Minutes and 14 Runs Weren't Enough Bruce Bushel