Jack Russell Terrier Down (They all can't be gems, folks)
The Phils played their final game at Clearwater's Jack Russell stadium today. Their first was in 1955 and Robin Roberts throw out the first pitch in both games--it was only a ceremonial one today.
The Stadium was named after a former pitcher who went 85-141 over 15 major-league seasons. He was an All-Star in 1934 after his career year of 12-6, 2.69 ERA (56% better than average) in '33.
In reminiscing, former Phillies cited a moment from my childhood (though I didn't know about the underwear):
Former outfielder Greg Luzinski and [manager Larry] Bowa recalled reliever Tug McGraw showing up one spring for a St. Patrick's Day game in a green uniform. Luzinski said the green motif extended all the way to McGraw's protective undergarment.
The stadium will be used this year by the Phils' Florida State League affiliate and then be torn down.