One of baseball history’s losses in May was the death of John Gray at age 87. Despite his short career, Gray is in a select group: men who played for two different Philadelphia franchises (Athletics and Phillies).
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Utley would never
Chase Utley made the Huffington Post.
Without being charged with a crime or indulging in a scandal?
The second baseman’s interaction with It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia evokes special irony for collectors. Since 2006, Utley fan mail in care of the Phillies brings a form letter. Amazingly, the stock reply to fans reflects his TV version! He tells of how he’s too busy playing baseball to sign an autograph.
Although a postcard-sized photo gets included, collectors have sighed for years that the “autograph” is a likely preprint.
I guess the hobby can take small comfort in Utley having similar reactions to real-life collectors and fictional TV characters.
|I’ll never tire of
Everyone wants to know about the players.
I wanted to ask Phillies public address legend Dan Baker about the “team” members he rubbed elbows with in the press box.
Broadcaster Harry Kalas: what was he like to work with? Baker’s take…
“Harry Kalas was a wonderful play-by-play announcer. His anticipation was second to none! Harry was one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. He took time to say hello to everyone. I loved him!”
Stan may have been “The Man” in St. Louis. Dan, you’re the guy in Philly!