1964 Philadelphia Phillies essays

  • 1964 Phillies: Building the not-quite-perfect beast By Jim Sweetman

    Though they lacked such modern tools as an amateur draft that drew from high-school, college, and amateur team rosters, and free agency for veteran players, Roy Hamey and John Quinn put together a winning team in Philadelphia using the means at their disposal.

  • 1964 Phillies: What to do with two Gold Glove shortstops? By Rory Costello

    During the four seasons that Bobby Wine and Ruben Amaro were teammates, from 1962 through 1965, they split the shortstop duties for the Philadelphia Phillies — and each won Gold Gloves.

  • 1964 Phillies: The Amaro Chronicles By Rory Costello

    Rubén Amaro Sr. made a unique contribution to how the history of the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies was recorded. His letters to his parents (as first described in a 1965 article for Sports Illustrated, “The Rise and Fall of the Fabulous Phillies”) were a contemporaneous internal view of the club.

  • 1964 Phillies: The Pennant Was Stolen! By Clem Comly

    It isn’t hard to believe that during 1965 spring training manager Gene Mauch had the Philadelphia Phillies practice defending the steal of home. The team was a victim of the play on three different occasions down the stretch in the 1964 pennant race.

  • 1964 Phillies: Jim Bunning's perfect game By James Lincoln Ray

    When Jim Bunning stepped to the mound in Shea Stadium on June 21, 1964, perhaps the last thing on his mind was pitching a perfect game.

  • 1964 Phillies: Johnny Callison's All-Star Game Home Run By Mel Marmer

    Named to the 1964 National League All-Star Game roster as a reserve outfielder, Johnny Callison wound up as the game’s hero, hitting a dramatic walk-off three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the NL a 7-4 victory.

  • 1964 Phillies: In defense of Chico Ruiz's 'Mad Dash' By Rory Costello

    The word “daring” is associated with Chico Ruiz’s game-winning steal of home on September 21, 1964. "Insane" and "mad" are among the labels, too. But was he really so wrong? An analysis of the famous play in the National League pennant race.

  • 1964 Phillies: Epilogue By Clem Comly

    Philadelphia Phillies fans and Phillies management looked forward to contending again in 1965. But their close finish in 1964 turned out to be an illusion.

  • Beyond Bunning and Short Rest: An Analysis of Managerial Decisions That Led to the Phillies’ Epic Collapse of 1964 By Bryan Soderholm-Difatte

    Starting Jim Bunning and Chris Short on short rest wasn't the only critical decision manager Gene Mauch during the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies' monumental collapse.