The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant

It said something about my having pitched mostly for second division clubs and failed to mention the Whiz Kids at all . Although the Phillies fielded poor teams in the late 1950s , the plaque really bothered me because the Phillies had ...

Author: Robin Roberts

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 156639466X

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Every generation or so, a team comes along whose march toward victory is so improbable that you can't help but root them along. The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies was that kind of team; young and spirited, the Whiz Kids played a raw, emotional brand of baseball, nipping the Brooklyn Dodgers on the final day of the season to bring the National League's perennial doormat its first title in 35 years. Hall-of-Fame member Robin Roberts, the team's ace starter, peppers his recollections with snippets of oral history from his teammates to produce a book as lively as the team itself.--
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The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant

Hall-of-Fame member Robin Roberts, the team's ace starter, peppers his recollections with snippets of oral history from his teammates to produce a book as lively as the team itself.--

Author: Robin Roberts

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ISBN: 1566390192

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The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies

Not only does this volume recap how their run to the flag was marked by clutch hitting and pitching in close games, it contains biographies of every player who appeared, including Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Willie "Puddin' Head" Jones, ...

Author: C. Paul Rogers III

Publisher: Society for American Baseball Research

ISBN: 194381631X

Category: Sports & Recreation

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The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies--the "Whiz Kids"--threatened to run away with the pennant, but slumped badly in late summer before finally beating the Brooklyn Dodgers in a thrilling 10 inning game on the last day of the season. That day at Ebbets Field they won only the second pennant in Phillies history and their first in 35 years. Between the two pennants, the Phillies were mostly dreadful, finishing in the first division only once between 1917 and 1949, and dead last 16 times between 1919 and 1945, including five straight years from 1938 to 1942, once finishing 281/2 games out of seventh place. This book tells the stories of those Whiz Kids, a team with one of the most memorable nicknames in baseball history. Not only does this volume recap how their run to the flag was marked by clutch hitting and pitching in close games, it contains biographies of every player who appeared, including Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Willie "Puddin' Head" Jones, and Eddie Waitkus. Game stories and many other features about this unique team round out the volume. In addition to a foreword by Whiz Kid Curt Simmons, it even contains a "View From the Other Side" by Yankees third baseman and former American League President Dr. Bobby Brown. This book is also the product of the dedicated, uncompensated work of 36 members of the Society for American Baseball Research, all of whom share a love of baseball and its rich history. Even for the most knowledgeable baseball fan, what follows is a treasure trove of fascinating anecdotes and facts about a bygone era of baseball when the uniforms were flannel, the players still left their gloves on the field between innings, and the games were played in two hours. With contributions by: Andy Sturgill, Bob Hurte, Bob LeMoine, Bobby Brown, C. Paul Rogers III, Charles Faber, Clayton Trutor, Cort Vitty, Curt Simmons, Dan Fields, David Skelton, Dennis Brislen, Ed Veit, Eric Hanauer, Greg Erion, Gregg Omoth, Gregory H. Wolf, Jack V. Morris, James Ray, Jan Finkel, Jim Sweetman, Jimmy Keenan, Joe Schuster, John Wickline, Lyle Spatz, Mark S. Sternman, Mike Huber, Neal Poloncarz, Ralph Berger, Seamus Kearney, Steve Schmitt, Steve West, Ted Smith, Warren Corbett.
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Herb Pennock

Robin Roberts, The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1996), 119. 39. Roberts, The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant, 123. 40. Roberts, The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant, 128. 41.

Author: Keith Craig

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442252202

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Herbert Jefferis Pennock (1894-1948) was a Hall of Fame pitcher for the dynastic 1920s New York Yankees. Considered one of the best left-handed pitchers in history, Pennock won 241 games on the mound, never lost in his five World Series starts, and came within four outs of pitching the first no-hitter in a World Series in 1927. More than just a great pitcher, Pennock was well-respected by teammates and locals alike. He was known as a principled, practical gentleman, with an intellect that matched his pitching skills and a humanity that bested both. In Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher, Keith Craig recounts Pennock’s ascent from well-to-do Kennett Square to the heights of major league baseball. Signed by the Philadelphia A’s legendary Connie Mack as an 18-year-old school boy, Pennock would flourish into a dependable pitcher for the New York Yankees. He was part of the iconic Murderer’s Row team and played a crucial role in their World Series victories. For 22 seasons, Pennock’s forte was control, not power; he studied each hitter, every at bat, and exploited all weaknesses. When Pennock’s playing career came to an end, he used that same single-minded diligence as the General Manager of the woeful Philadelphia Phillies, where he reinvented the team through the careful development of its farm system that resulted in the 1950 pennant-winning Whiz Kids. Including interviews with Pennock’s family members and Kennett Square residents who personally knew the baseball legend, Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher is the first biography to paint such a complete picture of Pennock and the times he lived in. Featuring original photographs provided by his family, this book delivers an invaluable look into the life of a great ballplayer, savvy front-office executive, and honorable man.
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Pee Wee Reese

Roberts and Rogers, The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant, 311. 50. Harold C. Burr, “Dodgerdom Awaits Today's Game with Bated Breath,” Brooklyn Eagle, October 1, 1950. 51. Stan Baumgartner, “Dodgers Beat Phils, 7–3, Move One Game from Tie ...

Author: Glen Sparks

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476677903

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Harold "Pee Wee" Reese may have been the most beloved Brooklyn Dodgers player of all time. During a 16-year career in the 1940s and 1950s, he delivered timely hits, made countless acrobatic defensive plays at shortstop, and stole hundreds of bases for clubs that won seven pennants and, in 1955, finally overcame the Yankees to win the World Series. Reese may be best remembered, however, for a gesture of solidarity. The year and the location vary with the telling, but witnesses agree on this crucial detail: During one of Jackie Robinson's early tours of the National League, as catcalls and racial taunts rained down on him, the Southern-born Reese draped an arm across the infielder's shoulder and stood alongside him, facing the crowd. In this first full-length biography of Reese, author Glen Sparks digs into Hall of Famer's life and career, his leadership both on and off the field, and the reasons that Brooklyn fans fell in love with the Boys of Summer.
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The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant

Rich with anecdotes never before published from players like Hall-of-Famer Richie Ashburn, Bubba Church, Andy Seminick, Curt Simmons, Del Ennis, Dick Sisler, Russ Meyer, and many others, this book relives the success of the Whiz Kids in all ...

Author: Robin Roberts

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ISBN: 1566397901

Category: Sports & Recreation

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the 1950 Phillies unexpectedly captured the hearts and imaginations of Philadelphians. A young upstart team—in fact, The youngest major league baseball team ever fielded—they capped a Cinderella season by winning the pennant from the heavily favored Brooklyn Dodgers in Ebbets Field on the last day of the season. it was the first National League pennant For The team since 1915. With that dramatic victory the 1950 Phillies went into the history books, known forever as the Whiz Kids. This inspiring era in Phillies history comes alive with the personal reflections of Robin Roberts, a Hall of Famer and arguably the best right-handed pitcher in Phillies history. Roberts recounts the moves, The trades, And The developments that put this young and talented team together. Co-author C. Paul Rogers III interviewed many of the other players from that memorable season, and even manager Eddie Sawyer. Their recollections, accompanied by more than 80 black-and-white photographs, offer an uncommon look at what went into building the extraordinary Whiz Kids. Rich with anecdotes never before published from players like Hall-of-Famer Richie Ashburn, Bubba Church, Andy Seminick, Curt Simmons, Del Ennis, Dick Sisler, Russ Meyer, and many others, this book relives the success of the Whiz Kids in all their glory. Author note:Robin Robertsis a former all-star pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played on the 1950 team and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame with 286 career wins.C. Paul Rogers, IIIis Dean of the Law School at Southern Methodist University.
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The Bounce

Roscoe McGowen , " Phils Beat Dodgers for Flag ; Win 4-1 on Homer in Tenth , " New York Times , 2 Oct. 1950 , 1 . 2. Robin Roberts and C. Paul Rogers , III , The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant ( Philadelphia : Temple University Press ...

Author: G. Richard McKelvey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078640955X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 249

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Some of baseball's most powerful and enduring memories have come as a result of watching a team for a season, a decade, or a lifetime. Some teams achieved the unexpected task of pulling themselves up from the bottom to reach the height of success, like the 1914 Miracle Boston Braves and the 1969 Amazin' New York Mets, who both went on to win World Championships. Other teams, like the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies and 1969 Chicago Cubs, experienced an astonishing fall from the roof to the cellar. This work examines some of baseball's greatest comebacks and disappointments. Included are the sagas of the 1903 and 1951 New York Giants, 1906 and 1969 Chicago Cubs, 1914 Boston Braves, 1934 Detroit Tigers, 1946 and 1978 Boston Red Sox, 1950 and 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, 1969 and 1999 New York Mets, 1987 Toronto Blue Jays, 1989 Baltimore Orioles, 1991 Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, and 1998 Florida Marlins.
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Biographical Dictionary of American Sports A F

The Phillies , under the skillful direction of Eddie Sawyer , finished third in 1949 , won the 1950 NL pennant ... serving as his own general manager after Pennock's death in 1948 , could not build on the success of the 1950 Whiz Kids .

Author: David L. Porter

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313311749

Category: Baseball

Page: 1865

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A standard source of first referral, Porter's multivolume Biographical Dictionary of American Sports adds a long-awaited revised and expanded edition of the popular 1987 Baseball volume and its supplements. This three-volume work profiles over 1,450 baseball luminaries, including current stars, former major league players, managers, umpires, executives, and Negro League and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League stars. All entries from earlier volumes are revised and updated, and 477 new figures are added. A handy reference, this comprehensive work provides more biographical information on these baseball professionals than any other reference available. Contributed by baseball historians, educators, and journalists, each profile highlights biographical data, career records, and honors; discusses the subject's accomplishments; and provides bibliographic information. These volumes will be an invaluable reference for baseball aficionados and all libraries.
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Teenager on First Geezer at Bat 4 F on Deck

Roberts and Rogers, The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant, 50. 11. Ibid., 52. 12. The Sporting News, 5 July 1945. 13. Mead, Baseball Goes to War, 108. 14. Roberts and Rogers, The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant, 27. 15.

Author: James D. Szalontai

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786453351

Category: Sports & Recreation

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The Second World War was in the bottom of the ninth inning in Germany and Japan, but back at home the bases were loaded with baseball players, many of them new to the big leagues. While the game’s stars traded their stockings and gloves for khaki and rifles, America’s leaders believed baseball would boost morale at home. Teams filled out their rosters with retired stars such as Jimmie Foxx and Babe Herman; with players like Pete Gray and Dick Sipek, whose disabilities had kept them out of the majors; and with teenagers like 17-year-olds Putsy Caballero and Tommy Brown. But while the level of major league talent had reached its nadir, war-weary fans packed the ballparks, eagerly following pennant races as intense as any that preceded the war.
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Sweet 60

Robin Roberts and C. Paul Rogers, III, The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996). Michael Shapiro, Bottom of the Ninth— Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from ...

Author: Bill Nowlin

Publisher: SABR, Inc.

ISBN: 9781933599496

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Sweet ’60: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates is the joint product of 44 authors and editors from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) who have pooled their efforts to create a portrait of the 1960 team which pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the last 60 years. Game Seven of the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and the Yankees swung back and forth. Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning at Forbes Field, the Yankees had outscored the Pirates, 53-21, and held a 7–4 lead in the deciding game. The Pirates hadn’t won a World Championship since 1925, while the Yanks had won 17 of them in the same stretch of time, seven of the preceding 11 years. The Pirates scored five times in the bottom of the eighth and took the lead, only to cough it up in the top of the ninth. The game was tied 9–9 in the bottom of the ninth. At 3:36, Bill Mazeroski swung at Ralph Terry’s slider. As Curt Smith writes in these pages: “There goes a long drive hit deep to left field!” said Gunner. “Going back is Yogi Berra! Going back! You can kiss it good-bye!” No smooch was ever lovelier. “How did we do it, Possum? How did we do it?” Prince said finally, din all around. Woods didn’t know—only that, “I’m looking at the wildest thing since I was on Hollywood Boulevard the night World War II ended.” David had toppled Goliath. It was a blow that awakened a generation, one that millions of people saw on television, one of TV’s first iconic World Series moments.
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