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After the Game - Phillies Alumni

A peek at the past

September 28, 2003, broadcaster Harry Kalas had the honor of the final countdown number at Veterans Stadium. Kalas' first game with the Phillies was the Vet's opener in 1971.

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A historical look at the week of 9/26-10/2
  • September 26, 1954

    Richie Ashburn finishes the season by playing in his 730th straight game, an all-time club record that still stands. The streak began June 7, 1950, and ended when Ashburn failed to make the 1955 opener after getting injured in a collision with Del Ennis during a spring training game.

  • September 26, 1976, 1st game

    After watching a lead of 15 ½ games on August 24, 1976, slip to three games in three weeks, the Phillies clinch their first post-season title in 26 years, 4-1 over the Expos in Jarry Park, the final day for the Montreal ballpark.

  • September 26, 1998, 2nd game

    RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.

  • September 27, 1977

    RHP Larry Christenson wins his 18th game and drives in five runs as the Phillies capture their second NL East title, 15-9, over Chicago at Wrigley Field, their 101st win for the second straight year.

  • September 27, 2003

    Phillies beat Atlanta, 7-6, in 10 innings for their final win at Veterans Stadium. Jim Thome hits the last home run and Rheal Cormier is last Phillies pitcher to win a game at Veterans Stadium.

  • September 27, 2008

    The Phillies beat Washington, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.

  • September 27, 2010

    For first time, Phillies win Eastern Division Crown four consecutive years as they beat Nationals, 8-0, in Washington with five games to go.

  • September 28, 1919

    In the fastest game ever played in the major leagues, it takes the New York Giants 51 minutes to beat the Phillies, 6-1, at the Polo Grounds. Most batters swung at the first pitch and ran the bases at will.

  • September 28, 1958

    CF Richie Ashburn goes 3-for-4 in the final game of the season, a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh, to edge Willie Mays, .350 to .347, for the NL batting title. The Phillies haven't had a batting champion since.

  • September 28, 1983

    C Bo Diaz has five hits, including two homers, and 2B Joe Morgan, four hits and three RBI, as the Phillies clinch the NL East, 13-6, at Chicago, their 14th win in the last 16 games.

  • September 28, 2003

    Before a sellout crowd of 58,554, the final game in Vet history is won by the Atlanta Braves, 5-2. Following the last out, emotional and memorable closing ceremonies are held featuring the 2003 Phillies and nearly 100 alumni, including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw.

  • September 28, 2011

    Phillies set club record for most wins in a season with 102 as they beat Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 13 innings. Charlie Manuel sets club record for most wins by a manager with 646, passing Gene Mauch.

  • September 29, 1907, 1st game

    RHP George McQuillan's consecutive scoreless innings streak ends at 25 innings, a Phillies record for the start of a career.

  • September 29, 1915

    The Phillies clinch first NL pennant with a 5-0 win at Boston, a 1-hitter for RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, his 30th win. It is his fourth 1-hitter and 12th shutout of the season.

  • September 30, 1951

    CF Richie Ashburn goes 4-for-8 in final game to finish with 221 hits, the first Phillie to lead the NL in 18 years. Phillies defeat Brooklyn, 9-8, in 14 innings at Shibe Park.

  • September 30, 1971

    CF Willie Montanez sets a club rookie record with his 30th home run as the Phillies end the season with a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at the Vet.

  • September 30, 1978

    LHP Randy Lerch (11-8) hits two home runs and picks up the win as the Phillies capture their third straight NL East title, 10-8, at Pittsburgh.

  • September 30, 2007

    Phillies beat Washington, 6-1, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League Eastern Division title in last game of season as New York Mets who were tied with Phillies for first place lost to Florida, 8-1.

  • September 30, 2009

    Phillies beat Houston, 10-3, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch the National League Eastern Division title with four games left for third straight year and eighth overall.

  • October 1, 1982

    RHP Terry Leach pitches 1 0, 10 inning 1 hitter against Phillies. Luis Aguayo's triple in 5th is lone hit. RHP John Denny pitches 1 hitter through 9 innings (Dave Kingman single in 2nd).

  • October 1, 2008

    NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies earn first postseason win in 15 years with a 3-1 decision over the Brewers. Cole Hamels tosses eight shutout innings to get the win, retiring the first 14 batters.

  • October 1, 2011

    NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Ryan Howard's three-run homer keys a five-run sixth inning as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 11-6. Roy Halladay retires the last 21 batters to earn the win.

  • October 2, 2005

    Jimmy Rollins ends season with 36-game hitting streak, a club record, in 9-3 win in Washington.

  • October 2, 2008

    NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Shane Victorino hits a grand slam home run off CC Sabathia to cap a five-run second inning that lifts the Phillies to a 5-2 win and 2-0 lead over the Brewers.

  • October 2, 2011

    NLDS #2 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies grab a 4-0 lead after two innings but the Cardinals come back against Cliff Lee to win, 5-4, and even the series at 1-1.