Wednesday, October 16, 2013

1974 Topps #119 Danny Ozark MG & Coaches

If given the choice, I'd much rather be sleep-deprived right now, staying up late watching the Phillies in the postseason and creating Chachi cards to commemorate each playoff game.  Instead, I'm doing a series of posts on the Phillies coaches from the past 40-plus years.

I've already looked at the team's bench, bullpen, hitting, pitching and third base coaches, and this post will take a look at the Phillies first base coaches since 1970.  No one has served as the team's first base coach for more than four seasons since Bobby Wine held the position from 1973 to 1978, and there's been quite a bit of turnover with the position.  As I write this, the Phillies are still in the market for a first base coach for the 2014 season.

Billy DeMars 1969-1972 - DeMars was also the de facto hitting coach during this time
Brandy Davis 1972
Bobby Wine 1973-1978
Tony Taylor 1979; 1988-1989
Ruben Amaro 1980-1981
Deron Johnson 1982-1984 - Johnson also served as hitting coach
Del Unser 1985-1987 - Unser also served as hitting coach
John Vukovich 1990-1991
Mel Roberts 1992-1995
Dave Cash 1996
Brad Mills 1997-2000
Tony Scott 2001-2003
Milt Thompson 2004
Marc Bombard 2005-2006
Davey Lopes 2007-2010
Sam Perlozzo 2011-2012
Juan Samuel 2013
Wally Joyner 2013

Phillies Coaches 1970-2014


Steve F. said...

I love this coaches series.

I have that card signed by all 5 pictured. I bought it with all but Wine--and he signs for free by mail, but I guess the eBay seller didn't realize that. Anyway, I didn't pay much and so did mail it to Wine. It came back quickly, with a double autograph--but one was on the pennysleeve that I had sent it in! Anyway, he must have noticed because he also took it out of the sleeve and signed the card.

That's unlike former stadium organist Paul Richardson, who died at least 5 years ago but used to have a website that sold his music, mostly Phillies-branded organ music on vinyl, cassette and CD. Anyway, I bought a few of his Phillies CDs and asked him to sign one of them. He did, but he signed the plastic CD cover. D'ohh! He also included a custome card of himself--and of course did not sign that.

Jim said...

I wish I knew Mr. Richardson was giving away custom cards. I paid tribute to him a few years ago: