Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Familiar Faces / Strange Places: 1983 Wheeze Kids

I know I have already done a Pete Rose version of Familiar Faces / Strange Places... but these three need to be shown together.

In 1983, the Bill Giles (the Phillies President) was desperately holding the championship "window of opportunity" open when he reunited three key members of the fabled "Big Red Machine" in Philadelphia. The plan was to blend Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez in with the core group of remaining Phillies to deliver another World Series. Rose was 41 had been with the Phils since 1979 and helped deliver the 1980 World Series title. Morgan was 39 came over from San Francisco and Tony Perez, who was 40 made the trip down to coast from Boston.

The experiment apparently worked, after a rocky regular season, the Phillies won the National League East and the NLCS against the Dodgers. They played the Orioles in the World Series and lost in 5 games. It was a short lived solution, as all three were gone by the start of the 1984 season.


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