Sunday, March 29, 2015

1961 Fleer Baseball Greats #2 Grover Cleveland Alexander

Twins 7, Phillies 1
Spring Training Game 26 - Saturday Afternoon, March 28th in Fort Myers
Record - 11-14-1

One Sentence Summary:  Jerome Williams struggled though another outing as the Phillies dropped the game to the Twins, 7-1.

What It Means:  As Jim Salisbury points out in this Tweet, the Phillies have lost four in a row and have been outscored 28-3 in those games while hitting .190.

What Happened:  Williams allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits in his four innings of work.  The offense managed five hits with their sole run coming as a result of Odubel Herrera's RBI single in the third.

Featured Card:  We're entering the dog days of spring and it's getting harder to come up with a relevant card to feature after these meaningless losses.

With that in mind . . . I read a fascinating article on the Phillies spring training from 1915 in this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer.  The article features a steamer voyage to Florida, gaping alligators and tales of Coffee Pot Park.  There's also a nice picture of future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander sipping his coffee in the bleachers while wearing his snazzy Phillies warm-up sweater.

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