Monday, July 20, 2009

1969 Topps #73 Johnny Briggs

Recent purchase from Pitchout Baseball Cards in Avalon, NJ

On this day 40 years ago, it was not all rainbows and lollipops for Phillies fans. The team was swept in a Shibe Park double header with the Cubs, losing the first game 1-0 and the second game 6-1. Rightfielder Johnny Briggs played all 18 innings that day, going 1 for 7 with three strikeouts to lower his season average to .220. At the end of the day, under skipper Bob Skinner, the Phillies were 39-55 and 20 games behind the first place Cubs.

So it wasn't a great day in Phillies history. Of course, there was the whole man walking on the moon thing to take the fans' minds away from the team's struggles . . .

And that's the way it was on July 20, 1969.

3 comments:

jim said...

A very few, Phillies Room followers, watched the events happening 40 years ago...Good Night Chet, Good night David.

Dean Family said...

Very nice Cronkite reference. Kudos.

Jim from Downingtown said...

A whopping 12,393 fans witnessed this timewaster! (although Al Raffo pitched 2 scoreless innings.)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI196907202.shtml