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Today in Phillies History for August 31st

Phillies' All-time Record for Today:

48 wins, 61 losses, and 0 ties (for a winning percentage of 44.0 percent)


It Happened Today in:

1894: Billy Hamilton steals seven bases in an eight-inning victory against Washington.
1920: Cubs pitcher Claude Hendrix is scratched from his scheduled start against the Phillies in favor of Pete Alexander. Later in the week, Cubs president Bill Veech reports that he had received numerous telegrams suggesting the game had been fixed in favor of the Phillies, and made the switch to ensure his team had its best chance of winning. The Phils won anyway, 3-0.
1950: The Phillies first charter flight took place on a TWA Constellation that flew from St. Louis to Boston. The flight hit turbulence in a thunderstorm, throwing a scare into the team, many of whom had never flown before. Press reports of the incident prompted a call to the team hotel by TWA head Howard Hughes.
1956: When announced starting pitcher Harvey Haddix has to withdraw with back spasms, infielder Granny Hamner steps in as the emergency starter. He goes 4 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits and taking the loss. He also had two relief appearances that year, taking the loss each time.
1979: The Phils fired manager Danny Ozark, and replaced him with Dallas Green. Ozark steered the club to a 594-510-1 record and three division titles. Green was in charge of the club's minor leagues and scouting and formerly pitched for the team.
1981: The Phillies' single-A team from Spartansburg defeats Macon 28 to 4.
2006: In the 4th inning of a game at Washington's RFK stadium, Ryan Howard takes Pedro Astacio deep for his 49th home run of the year, breaking the team record set by Mike Schmidt.
2007: Kane Davis entered the game for the Phillies in the eighth inning. He was the 28th pitcher used by the Phils that season, setting a new team record.
2011: Cliff Lee earns the win in a 3-0 shutout of Cincinnati. He finished the month a 5-0 record and 0.45 ERA. In June he also went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA. Only two other pitchers had seasons with two months of 5 or more wins, no losses, and and ERA under 0.50: Walter Johnson in 1913 and Bob Gibson in 1968.



Phillies Transactions on This Day:

1953: Purchased Johnny Lindell from Pittsburgh
1981: Released Nino Espinosa
1982: Purchased Bob Molinaro from Chicago (NL)
1983: Traded four players to be named to San Diego for Sexto Lezcano and a player to be named
2003: Traded Eric Valent to Cincinnati for Kelly Stinnett.
2007: Purchased contract of Kane Davis from AAA-Ottawa. Traded Russell Branyan to St. Louis for a player to be named.
2013: Traded John McDonald to Boston for Nefi Ogando and Michael Young and cash to Los Angeles for Rob Rasmussen
2014: Traded John Mayberry, Jr. to Toronto for Gustavo Pierre




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