To say that the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies will always be remembered is an obvious statement. But that team is more than just memorable to those of us who lived the experience. For my Pop, who passed away in the summer of 1992 at age 83, and myself, and tens of thousands like us who are still around, those Phillies will always be beloved.
No one watching on TV along with me here in Philly, or any among the 14,952 in attendance that afternoon at the venerable ballpark on Chicago’s North Side, had any clue as to the historic insanity we were about to witness.
What if the post-1980 Philadelphia Phillies had stayed pat for the most part? What if most of the trades made by general manager Paul Owens had not been considered or consummated?
An undrafted 1974 signing, John Poff hit well in the Phillies minor league system during the late 1970's and enjoyed a dozen-game cameo in September 1979.
Right-hander Jack Kucek appeared in parts of seven big-league seasons, including making four relief appearances with the Phillies in September 1979.