Pitcher Dennis Bennett Ponders The Past

Posted August 1st, 2011 by Tom Owens and filed in 1964 Philadelphia Phillies, Dennis Bennett, Mark Armour, SABR
Bennett maintains that trademark
autograph, showcased by a
reverse slant much like
Willie Stargell’s.

Pitcher Dennis Bennett never got a do-over.

He was a key hurler for the 1964 Phillies, winning 12 games for the team who seemed destined for a pennant until the last weeks of the season.

He summed up his career with great emotion, writing:

“Just being in the Big Leagues was my biggest thrill. Seeing and playing with the greatest players in the world.


My career was cut short by a car wreck. But I made the most out of a bad deal. With today’s technology, I would probably still be pitching.


I was one of the young and coming star(s) of the year.


It’s hard to say where I might have ended my career without getting hurt. They said I had the makings of a superstar. Oh, well. At least I got to play the game I loved for 17 years.


It could of been.


Dennis Bennett”

Read more about Bennett’s roller-coaster career ride in the fine SABR biography written by Mark Amour.

Coming Tuesday: In part 2, Bennett shares fond memories of Johnny Podres and Gene Mauch.

2 Responses to “Pitcher Dennis Bennett Ponders The Past”

  1. I have a ball signed by Dennis Bennett on the sweet spot in green ink that was my brothers from 1964.it was some kind of promotional ball, but a real baseball. it has stamped on the front BIG LEAGUE AUTOGRAPH on the front sweet spot. Right below in smaller letters “9 inch horsehide cover- personally autographed”. If someone can tell me where or how this ball originated?

  2. I have a ball signed by Dennis Bennett on the sweet spot in green ink that was my brothers from 1964.it was some kind of promotional ball, but a real baseball. it has stamped on the front BIG LEAGUE AUTOGRAPH on the front sweet spot. Right below in smaller letters “9 inch horsehide cover- personally autographed”. If someone can tell me where or how this ball originated?

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