Site News - June 2008

June Update: I can remember when Summer Vacation meant time off! Seems like I've been busier than ever this month. I did manage to get eight new articles added to the database. I still haven't even started the World Series yet, but we're getting close! This month's additions come from the October 14, 1980 editions of The Gettysburg Times and The Syracuse Post-Standard. You can find the articles by title (the old article page), by month, the new articles page, and by game (the day-by-day boxscore pages).


Hard Times in Philly: The Phils offense, which seemed so explosive just a few short weeks ago, has suddenly fallen into a major, team-wide slump. That, along with continuing difficulties in starting pitching, has put the Phils into a skid. As of tonight, they are still in first place, but just one thin game separates them and the Florida Marlins.


Current Standings: The Phillies are sititng in 1st place, 1 game ahead of the Florida Marlins, 3 ahead of the New York Mets, and 4 ahead of the Atlanta Braves.


Myers' Difficulties: Phils pitcher Brett Myers has been mired in a season-long funk. Myers, who did not want to return to the starting rotation after finding success as a closer, has struggled in his new role, going 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA after losing to the Texas Rangers on Friday night.


Utley Out of Slump?: After an MVP-like performance in April and early May, Chase Utley had come back to earth in May, and seemed to bottom out in June, including a 0-for-24 slump that saw his batting average drop from .317 to .290. Since June 25, Utley has been 8-for-18, pushing his average back up to .298.


Newspaper Archive: The articles added to the website database this month come from This website has a large archive or newspapers from a variety of newspapers from around the world. I have found it helpful to work on this site. It is a pay site (just shy of $10 per month), but it does have some free features if you'd like to check it out.


New E-Mail: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail. The e-mail has changed, and is embedded in the graphic below for security purposes. (Note: For new website, click on “contact.”)



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. Copies are wonderful! I am particularly interested in getting articles during the season from the Philadelphia newspapers (unfortunately, do not have any Philadelphia newspapers). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.


Future Updates: I've been able to maintain my momentum of adding at least 3-5 (and usually more) articles a month to the site database. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me. For next month I will probably work to add more articles on Game 1 of the World Series.


Go Phillies!
Richard Summers