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Phillies Alumni Luncheon

Luncheon photo

2014 Alumni Luncheon

Seniors 55 and over are invited to relive history at the fifth annual Phillies Alumni Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., in the Diamond Club at Citizens Bank Park.
View highlights from the 2013 Alumni Luncheon »
Phillies Alumni Luncheon logo
Friday, August 8, 2014
  • Diamond Club, Citizens Bank Park
  • Tickets are sold out
The Lineup
  • This year's luncheon will recognize Charlie Manuel, who will be inducted into the Phillies' Wall of Fame on Sat., Aug. 9, during Toyota Phillies Alumni Weekend.
  • Various surprise guests will take part!
Event Highlights
  • Enjoy lunch in the Diamond Club, photos with the 1980 and 2008 World Series trophies, a silent auction benefitting Phillies Charities, Inc., an optional tour of Citizens Bank Park and more. The event also includes a special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic. Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs, will emcee.
  • The event takes place during Alumni Weekend festivities (August 8-10), and is a continuation of the team's tribute to its former players on phillies.com/alumni.
  • Attendees will also receive a buy one, get one free ticket offer for a Phillies vs. Nationals game, good for either Monday, August 25, Tuesday, August 26 or Wednesday, August 27, all at 7:05 p.m.
Speaker Bio
Charlie Manuel - Senior Advisor to the General Manager

The all-time winningest manager in Phillies history, Charlie Manuel completed a nearly nine-year run (2005-13) in that position before moving into a different role with the organization. He was named senior advisor to the general manager in January of 2014. In his role, he will assist in minor league hitting instruction, scout and serve as a consultant to the baseball operations staff as well as a club ambassador in the Philadelphia region. Charlie is also the 2014 Phillies Wall of Fame inductee.

During his time as the club's manager, Charlie led the Phillies to their first playoff appearance in 14 years in 2007, five straight division titles (2007-11), two National League pennants (2008-09) and one World Championship (2008). He posted a record of 780-636 (.551) for the Phillies and 1,000-826 (.548) overall as a major league manager. Charlie is one of 59 managers in major league history to reach 1,000 wins. He managed two NL All-Star teams (2009-10), which included guiding the 2010 team to a win, snapping the NL's 13-year winless streak.

Before being named manager of the Phillies, Charlie spent his first two years (2003-04) with the organization as special assistant to the general manager under Ed Wade, serving as one of Wade's top scouts as well as working on major and minor league hitting instruction.

In the 15 years (1988-2002) prior to joining the Phillies, Charlie worked for the Cleveland Indians in a variety of roles, including minor league manager and major league hitting coach. He managed the Indians for three years (2000-02), leading the team to the Central Division title in 2001, and was chosen as a coach for the 2002 American League All-Star team by Hall of Famer Joe Torre. From 1994-99, his second tour as hitting coach, Cleveland led the AL in runs three times (1994-95, 1999), led the league in home runs twice (1994-95) and set a franchise record by hitting 220 homers in 1997.

Charlie also managed in the Minnesota Twins minor league system for five years (1983-87) and scouted for the organization in 1982. He was originally signed by the Twins in 1963 and went on to play professionally for 19 years, including major league stints with the Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers, where his only two managers were Billy Martin and Walter Alston. From 1976-81 Charlie had a very successful six-year career in Japan, playing for three pennant winners. He hit a combined .303 with 189 home runs and led his league in home runs in back-to-back seasons (1979-80), including 48 in 1980, the same year Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt led the major leagues with the same total. In 1979, he was the first American-born player to be named MVP.

Charlie is a two-time winner (2011 & 2013) of the Dallas Green Special Achievement Award, presented annually by the Philadelphia chapter of the BBWAA.

Born in North Fork, W.V., Charlie grew up in Buena Vista, Va. He currently resides in Winter Haven, Fla., with his fiancée, Melissa. He has two adult children, Chuck and Julie, three adult step-children, Collin, Hailey and Alley, and three grandchildren.