Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Star Spangled Season

This morning I found a great clear image of the 1976 Phillies yearbook. The talent on this team was very impressive, although thanks to the even more impressive and powerful Big Red Machine, my 10 year old heart was broken in the end.

Thanks to this group, I am a Phils Phan today. With 101 wins, these guys were the first Phillies team to ever win 100 or more games in a season (the 1977 team also got 101 wins). 1976 was DA's final year playing for the Phillies and the only major league team he ever played on that made it to post season. Ironically, this was also one of the only teams DA ever played on where he was not the primary source of offensive fire-power. In baseball, success comes with a strong top to bottom team, not just a superstar player.

From the top: Steve Carlton, Larry Bowa, Garry Maddox, Greg Luzinski. Mike Schmidt, Dick Allen, Dave Cash, and Jim Kaat.

This cover design was painted by Sports Artist Dick Perez. Dick is the official artist for the Phillies and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Check out the link to his web site, it is packed with great baseball paintings. And yes, there are a bunch of Phillies featured.


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