Sunday, May 3, 2009

1997 Phillies Team Issue #56 Hal McRae CO

Current St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach Hal McRae served in that same capacity with the Phillies from 1997 until 2000. This Terry Francona era in Phillies history is viewed by most as a bleak period, best left unmentioned.

Hal is probably best known to Phillies fans as the Kansas City Royals' designated hitter during the 1980 World Series. He hit .375 during that World Series. In Game 6, Phillies' closer Tug McGraw struck out Hal with the bases loaded in the 8th inning for the final out of the inning. The strike out preserved a 4-1 Phillies lead, and Tug would pitch a scoreless ninth to clinch the Phils' first World Series title.

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