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By William C. Kashatus
Every little thing looked to be going the Phillies?’ manner. Up via 6 half video games with simply 12 left to play within the 1964 season, they looked as if it would have clinched their first pennant in additional than a decade. Outfielder Johnny Callison narrowly overlooked being the nationwide League MVP. 3rd baseman Richie Allen used to be Rookie of the yr. however the "Fightin?’ Phils" didn?’t make it to the postseason?—they misplaced 10 immediately and entire a online game at the back of the St. Louis Cardinals. in addition to engineering the best cave in of any staff in significant league baseball historical past, the ?’64 Phillies had one other, extra vital contrast: they have been Philadelphia?’s first actually built-in baseball workforce. In September Swoon William Kashatus tells the dramatic story?—both at the box and rancid the field?—of the Phillies?’ bittersweet season of 1964. greater than the other workforce in Philadelphia?’s activities background, the ?’64 Phillies saddled town with a name for being a "loser." even if victory appeared guaranteed, Philadelphia came upon how to lose. regrettably, the cave in, dubbed the "September swoon," was once the start of a self-destructive skid in either workforce play and racial integration, for the very issues that made the gamers precise threatened to rip the group aside. An opposed press and contentious lovers blamed Richie Allen, the Phillies?’ first black megastar, for the team?’s wasting methods, accusing him of dividing the crew alongside racial strains. Allen manipulated the ensuing controversy within the hopes that he will be traded, yet within the strategy he controlled to extra fray already tenuous race kinfolk. in keeping with own interviews, participant biographies, and newspaper bills, September Swoon brings to lifestyles a season and a crew that received such a lot of Philadelphians, either black and white, to care deeply and passionately concerning the online game at a turbulent interval within the city?’s?—and our nation?’s?—history. The homeland fanatics reveled of their triumphs and cried of their defeat, simply because they observed in them a mirrored image of themselves. The ?’64 Phillies not just gained over the loyalties of a racially divided urban, yet gave Philadelphians a cause to dream?—of a pennant, of a contender, and of a urban of cohesion.
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Carpenter’s strong devotion to them had crippled the organization. Robin Roberts, the ace of that team, and Richie Ashburn, the sparkplug, were nearing the end of their brilliant careers. Age had also caught up with standout inWelders Granny Hamner and Willie Jones, who were hampered by injuries. Other players had become lackadaisical, and it showed in their performance. 104 Carpenter was forced to admit that it was time to rebuild and that he would have to rely on the ever-growing pool of African American talent in order to be successful in the future.
The St. 88 On the other hand, Robinson’s example inspired the African American community by jolting the national conscience in a profound way. Until 1947 all baseball’s heroes had been white men. Suddenly there was a black baseball star who could hit, bunt, steal, and Weld with the best of them. His style of play was nothing new in the Negro Leagues, but in the white majors it was innovative and exciting. Robinson revolutionized the game by introducing the black style of play. It was fast-paced, utilizing the bunt-andrun, the hit-and-run, base-stealing, and the suicide squeeze.
10 Richard Anthony Allen signed with the Phillies in 1960 for $70,000, the highest bonus ever paid to an African American player at the time. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Library) 40 INTEGRATING THE PHILLIES But there was no room for Allen in the Phillies outWeld. Wes Covington, Tony Gonzalez, and Johnny Callison were proven veterans who gave the club an exceptional blend of speed, defense, and power-hitting. Allen, on the other hand, was only twenty years old, and management believed he needed more seasoning in the minors, this time at their Triple A club in Little Rock, Arkansas.
September Swoon: Richie Allen, the '64 Phillies, and Racial Integration (Keystone Book) by William C. Kashatus