Site News - December 2005

December Update: Sorry that it has been awhile. The aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in Naples was, thankfully, relatively minor. However, it did include a lot of clean-up in my yard that has taken much of my free time in the past several months, and the rest was taken up by illness in the family. Hopefully, with a bit of extra time over the next several weeks, I can get a few new articles out. As a token, I did finally get the Manny Trillo article transcribed from the September 8, 1980 edition of Sports Illustrated.


Hurricane Wilma: As expected, Wilma cut a path just south of Naples, Florida, where my family lives. Unexpectedly, Wilma suddenly strengthened to a Category-3 hurricane with 120+ mph winds just before landing, and the eye of the hurricane passed less than 10 miles from my house. Fortunately, most buildings in Naples are of recent construction, and there was little structural damage beyond a few missing shingles and the like. However, there is still cleanup of yard debris and fallen trees and branches still going on.


Merry Christmas!: 'Tis the week we celebrate the season of Christmas, my favorite of the year (besides baseball season of course). I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday, whatever you may celebrate.


Thome Traded: As everyone knows by now, Jim Thome was traded, with a bunch of money, to the White Sox for CF Aaron Rowand and a pair of minor league pitchers. Thome was one of my favorites, but the asencion of Ryan Howard last year made him superfluous, and new GM Pat Gillick was able to get value in return.


Gillick New GM: In a move celebrated widely in Philadelphia, the Phillies let go of General Manager Ed Wade and hired Pat Gillick, former GM of the Blue Jays and Orioles, to take his place.


Problems?: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail me at 1980phillies As of right now, there are pages for every link on the site.


Wanted: Any and all articles that pertain to the 1980 Phillies, or any players on the roster from that year. If you have some to donate/lend/sell/steal please e-mail me. I am particularly interested in newspaper articles about the games themselves. I have a lot of "celebration" articles, but have found that searching for game descriptions can be a headache!


Future Updates: Wirh so little time to work on the website recently, I have not gotten around to fixing those annoying little formatting errors that keep the site from looking its best. I will be (hopefully!) working on that over the next couple of months. I also have new articles to transcribe into the website. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me.


Go Phillies!
Richard Summers