Monday, February 7, 2011

Woodie Fryman

Sadly, one of Dick Allen's former teammates died this weekend. Lefthanded pitcher Woodie Fryman was 70 years old.

Fryman played with the Phillies from 1968 to 1972. He was acquired from the Pirates along with Don Money for Jim Bunning. He won 12 games and pitched over 200 innings in both '68 and '69, and finished the 1968 season with an impressive 2.78 ERA. He made the National League All-Star team in 1968. Woodie was the Phils only representive in Houston for that mid-summer classic. He did not get the call to play from NL manager Red Schoendienst.

Interesting note on Woodie: during his 18 year career, he was twice traded for future MLB Hall of Famers. First in December 1967 when the Phillies got him for Jim Bunning and again in December 1976 the Expos sent him the Reds in exchange for Tony Perez.

Rest in peace Woodie.


Anonymous said...

I'll always remember Woodies's first game of the 1970 season (Friday April 10). He faced the Pirates at Connie Mack Stadium and held them hitless until the 8th inning, winding up with a two-hitter and 2-0 win. Deron Johnson hit a 2-run homer for the Phillies. Woodie was a fine pitcher during a difficult era for the Phillies.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I meant "Woodie's."

Anonymous said...

It is no coincidence that the Phillies '64 pennant run came the same year as Dick(Richie) Allen's rookie season. Allen has been a fave of mine for a long time. Got to see him play as a White Sox player down at the old Met Stadium in Bloomington, MN. He is also a fave of my baseball buddy, Tim. He should be in the HOF, I believe.

John L. aka porcupine

Anonymous said...

Woodie Fryman is one of those players that only a true baseball fan would acknowledge or remember. That is, Fryman was a real professional and fine performer and also a real major leaguer

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