Sunday, May 24, 2015

1934-1936 Batter-Up #38 Jimmie Wilson

Nationals 4, Phillies 1
Game 46 - Sunday Afternoon, May 24th in Washington
Record - 19-27, 4th Place, 8 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies hung in until the seventh when the bullpen combo of Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman allowed the Nationals to take a 4-1 lead.

What It Means:  The Phillies will open a three-game series in New York against the Mets starting tomorrow afternoon.

What Happened:  The offense was 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.  Jeff Francoeur knocked in the Phillies only run of the game with a single in the fourth.  Aaron Harang turned in another quality start, allowing two runs in his six innings of work.

Featured Card:  There wasn't really anything memorable from this game from a Phillies perspective, so let's turn the clock back to 80 years ago tonight.  On May 24, 1935, the Reds hosted the Phillies at Crosley Field in the first ever Major League baseball night game.  The Reds defeated the Phillies by a score of 2-1 in a game that lasted just one hour and 35 minutes.

Jimmie Wilson was the Phillies player-manager for the historic event and he inserted himself into the game at some point to pinch-hit for Phillies starting pitcher Joe Bowman.  This is Wilson's card from the 1934-1936 Batter-Up set, which was released in National Chicle candy and gum products over a three year period.

According to the Standard Catalog, the 192 cards in the Batter Up set can be found in either black and white or a variety of color tints.  The cards were perforated to allow collectors to fold the tops of the cards back to allow them to stand on their own.  At some point over the last 80 years, one of this card's previous owners separated the top part of the card from the pink-tinted bottom.

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