We got some sad news in the office today...Phillies legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts passed away this morning.
Roberts was born in 1926 in Springfield, IL. The right handed pitcher played for a couple of teams but will always be remembered as a member of the "Whiz Kids." Roberts was one of the superstars of that 1950 pennant winning squad and played for the Phillies from 1948 - 61, with his heyday being in the early 1950's. From 1950 - 55 Roberts won 20 games each season and led the National League in victories from 1952 - 55. His best career year was 1953 when he finished the season with a 23 - 16 record.
Roberts and Phillies President Dave Mongomery during a 2008 ceremony honoring Robin.
Roberts was sent to the Yankees after the 1961 season. During spring training for the 1962 season the Phillies retired his number prior to a game against the Yankees. It was the first time that the Phils retired a player's number and only the second time that an active player's number was retired.
We've been honored to make Roberts' jersey for years now and we were particularly thrilled when he was spotted recently in one of our track jackets.
Thanks for the memories Mr. Roberts, you will be missed.
Check out this shot of E40 from XXL magazine. We know he’s a west coast guy so we love that he’s representing the Phillies in our Sportsmans Track Jacket.
Walking by The Franklin Institute the other day, I stumbled across this gem—the Phanatic dressed as Ben Franklin. Fun idea, I thought. Very "Philly." Then I walked along Love Park and saw another Phanatic statue. Hmm… interesting. There seemed to be a trend. So I did some research.
Visit Philly and the Phillies teamed up and recently launched the “Phanantic Around Town” public art project. The project is geared toward both tourists and Phillies fans, featuring 20 custom designed Phillie Phanantic statues placed at 20 visitor friendly locations around city. In addition to Love Park and The Franklin Institute, some of the other main tourists attractions where you can find these creative Phanatic statues are City Hall, Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, Kimmel Center, National Constitution Center, among others.
The Phillie Phanatic is the first Major League Baseball mascot to be a part of a public arts project. How great is that?!! These fiberglass statues stand five feet tall and weight 100 pounds. The 20 “Phanatic Around Town” statues were all painted by local artists and will be on display throughout August 2010.
After their 2010 season, the Phillies will auction off the Phanatic statues. Proceeds will go to Phillies Charities.
Check out this link to learn more about the 20 artists. http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/y2010/phanatic_around_town_art.jsp
So for all the Phillies fans and tourists out there, come check out the Phanatic statues….Let’s us know which one is your favorite!
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