Heroes from the exciting and ultimately tragic 1964 Philadelphia Phillies season are remembered with this impressive team-signed ball. One on the few memorable seasons from the Phillies first hundred years of MLB play, the 1964 campaign saw the "Fightin' Phils" storm to a 6-1/2 game lead with 12 games to play. Sadly for long-suffering Phils Phans, their heroes went down in flames during a 10 game losing streak.
Known as "The Phold", this epic season is noted as one of the worst collapses in baseball history. Though it ended badly, there was a lot of good that year. Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game on Father's Day, Johnny Callison was the MVP of the All-Star Game, Chris Short thrived as the number two starter, Rick Wise showed plenty of promise as a rookie and the best slugger not in the Hall of Fame, Dick Allen won the ROY award on the strength of a truly remarkable debut performance.
Recall this memorable season and the men who made it so, with this ONL/Giles ball (EX) period signed by (22) with average ("8-9") potency, with: sweet spot: Dick Allen; north panel: Roy Sievers, Bobby Shantz, Dennis Bennett, Frank Thomas, Pat Corrales; south panel: Vic Power, Tony Taylor, Tony Gonzalez, Cookie Rojas, Johnny Briggs, Cal McLish; east panel: Clay Dalrymple, Art Mahaffey, Johnny Callison, Gene Mauch, Jim Bunning; west panel: Rick Wise, Johnny Klippstein, Jack Baldschun, Alex Johnson, Gus Triandos. Full photo LOA from JSA.