A boring game this afternoon, with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez proving that he’s no Severino, provides opportunity for some behind-the-scenes stuff. A few days ago was Phillies Alumni Day, an annual feature of Spring Training. The most popular ex-Phil signing was Don Carman. Just kidding – it was the guy two seats away from him.
The heck with standing in long lines for autographs. Today Miriam surprised me with an item from the Silent Auction today – a signed collage from some key 1964 Phillies, when Dick Allen was Richie Allen.
So here’s a bit of trivia for you, prompted by the guy in this jersey sitting a few rows in front of us:
Stan Lopata has to be the best Phillies catcher to wear #29, which he did from 1949-1958. A current, aspiring Phillies catcher, Cameron Rupp, sports #29. Two other catchers wore the number between Lopata and Rupp, Pat Corrales for those infamous 1964 Phillies, and Darren Daulton who briefly wore it in 1983 before switching to #10.
Speaking of uniforms, you can now buy a game-worn jersey from opening day in Clearwater, 2015, featuring the patch that celebrates the Centennial of the City.
Better get to Diamond Outfitters fast, because these beauts are sure to be hot sellers at $199 per jersey. Quite a few guys were hanging around the rack this afternoon, eyeing the Stumpo jersey.
High uniform numbers are commonplace among minor leaguers in Spring Training, but today we spotted one at the other end of the line, number Zero sported by one of the Astros.