Today in Phillies History for July 18th
 

It happened on this day in:

1912: The Chicago Cubs had 21 hits in 11 innings, but still lost to the Phillies when Gavvy Cravath stole home as part of a double-steal.
1922: Eleven-year-old fan Bob "Tuffy Reds" Cotter catches a foul ball during the Phillies game at Baker Bowl. He keeps the ball instead of returning it, as was common at the time. Stadium ushers catch him and he is arrested and sent to jail. The next morning, a judge frees him, saying Cotter was "following his most natural instincts." The Phils subsequently became the first team with an official policy allowing fans to keep foul balls.
1927: In the second game of a double header against Pittsburgh, the Phils used three pitchers as pinch-hitters and called on another to pinch-run.
1943: The Giants & Phillies strand a combined 30 baserunners, a major-league record. New York gets more home though, to win the game 10-6.
1948: On the mound in the bottom of the ninth with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Robin Roberts hit two consecutive Cubs batters to hand a win to the home team.
1954: The Phillies lead 8-1 in the fifth inning of a double-header nightcap when the Cards begin stalling, hoping to prevent the game from becoming official before the Sunday curfew. The umpires call the game a Phillies victory by forfeit.
1972: The Phillies fail to get a hit off of San Diego's Steve Arlin until Denny Doyle singles with 2 out in the ninth. A second hit by Tommy Hutton drove him in, but the Phillies still lost 5-1. It was the second game that year in which the Phillies were no-hit into the ninth, the first coming one month earlier.
1983: Phillies GM Paul "The Pope" Owens fires manager Pat Corrales, even though the team is in first place. Owens takes over the field managing duties himself for the second time. Corrales finished with a 132-115 record as Phillies manager.

Phillies Transactions on this Day

1954: Claimed Floyd Baker on waivers from Boston (AL)
1956: Received Roy Hawes from Washington to complete the 7/12/1956 trade for Mel Clark

 

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