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.
The Ken Brett for Dave Cash trade between the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates on this very date 47 years ago proved to be a winner for both teams. Division and cross-state rivals dealing key players in their prime to one another.
Ron Diorio and Dave Wallace share the 1973 pitching spot in this 'Phillies 50' series. Each had a brief playing career but Wallace became a longtime coach.
Mike Rogodzinski's name may be familiar to early-1970's Phillies fans. He appeared in parts of three seasons and is the 1974 'Phillies 50' position player rep.
Right-hander Erskine Thomason enjoyed a strong minor league career. But his big-league career consisted of just one inning with the 1974 Phillies.