ThePhillies unexpectedly captured the hearts and imaginations of Philadelphians This work features this inspiring era in Phillies history, with the personal reflections of Robin Roberts, a Hall of Famer and arguably the best right handed pitcher in Phillies history


10 thoughts on “The Whiz Kids And the 1950 Pennant

  1. Harold Kasselman Harold Kasselman says:

    Robin Roberts did a fine job reconstructing the precursor to the Whiz Kids stunning 1950 pennant winning Phillies team and the aftermath I m always awestruck by the ability of major league players to remember details of games decades earlier In Robie s case, he has a virtual photographic memory of game situations He wrote the book in 1996 over four decades after the near miraculous season I enjoyed the short segments of interviews with his teammates throughout the book from Andy Seminick, Cu Robin Roberts did a fine job reconstructing the precursor to the Whiz Kids stunning 1950 pennant winning Phillies team and the aftermath I m always awestruck by the ability of major league players to remember details of games decades earlier In Robie s case, he has a virtual photographic memory of game situations He wrote the book in 1996 over four decades after the near miraculous season I enjoyed the short segments of interviews with his teammates throughout the book from Andy Seminick, Curt Simmons, Richie AshburnRuss Mad Monk Meyer, Bubba Church, Bob Miller, Mike Goliat, Del Ennis, Dick Sisler, and even short term guys like Johnny Blatnick and Dick Whitman Granny Hamner died while waiting to be interviewed and Eddie Waitkus had passed twenty years before Robie falls short when it comes to the World Series It seemed like he had written too many pages, so we get very little insight into the series or the personality of the Yankee opponents But the march to the pennant was exciting especially since I had not known that the Phillies had been 7 and a half games up in the standings with only eleven to play and the wondrous season came down to the last day of the season in Ebbets Field against the Dodgers with Roberts against Newcombe for what seemed like an every day occurrence Of course the famous throw by Ashburn to nail Cal Abrams at the plate in what would have been the winning run and a pennant for Brooklyn and the clutch home run by Dick Sisler is still magical I loved the insight into manager Eddie Sawyer as portrayed by all the members of the team Once a Cornell Professor, he let the players play the game and encouraged them rather than micro manage the team Sadly the high hopes for the Whiz Kids faded with the loss of Simmons and some veterans after 1950 and as Ashburn said, the failure of owner Bob Carpenter to obtain black players may have been the worst mistake for the teams chances Roy Campanella wanted to play for the Phillies, but Carpenter was not interested, and he paid the price the Phillies never won again with those youngsters and a few key veteran players One other fact I found particularly interesting When Robie was inducted into the Hall of Fame his plaque did not mention the Whiz Kids He was very upset and launched a one man campaign to have the museum change the plaque to reflect the team that Roberts was so proud to have been a member Overall, this is a fine piece of history The only reason I didn t give it 5 stars is because I had recently read Robin s autobiography in which he replicates in full many chapters that are in this book so it was a rehash for me


  2. Joe Santoro Joe Santoro says:

    While the actual writing is not the best in this book much of it is simply quotes arranged around anecdotes by Roberts , the story of the team and the lead up to the season , is fantastic. it gives you a real insight into the team and the characters that made it upthan 1 2 the book is devoted to mini biographies of the various players on the roster and the building of the team.The story of the actual season is a very good account, it s clear Robin Roberts has an amazing memory, with While the actual writing is not the best in this book much of it is simply quotes arranged around anecdotes by Roberts , the story of the team and the lead up to the season , is fantastic. it gives you a real insight into the team and the characters that made it upthan 1 2 the book is devoted to mini biographies of the various players on the roster and the building of the team.The story of the actual season is a very good account, it s clear Robin Roberts has an amazing memory, with the details provided Now just to resist the temptation to stick with what I have and not go buy the 1950 APBA season


  3. Robert Morrow Robert Morrow says:

    I usually avoid the athlete as author sub genre, as the books are usually full of self serving fluff Bob Gibson s Stranger to the Game being a notable exception However, I really wanted to read a book about The Whiz Kids and this was my only option Lucky for me, it turned out to be a near five star read, with Roberts combining with C Paul Rogers III to produce a well written narrative about the formation of this unusual team and the story of their 1950 pennant chase Balancing you were ther I usually avoid the athlete as author sub genre, as the books are usually full of self serving fluff Bob Gibson s Stranger to the Game being a notable exception However, I really wanted to read a book about The Whiz Kids and this was my only option Lucky for me, it turned out to be a near five star read, with Roberts combining with C Paul Rogers III to produce a well written narrative about the formation of this unusual team and the story of their 1950 pennant chase Balancing you were there observations with continuing story lines and background, they manage to relate the story of the 1950 season without boring the reader with an endless parade of game summaries This is a great story about a fabulous pennant race that makes you realize how much we ve lost through a ridiculous playoff system with too many teams with no loyalty to community


  4. Ian Ian says:

    Cannot watch new baseball Read about old baseball


  5. Andrew Fletcher Andrew Fletcher says:

    I thought the author did a masterful job of telling the tale of his team, the 1950 Philidelphia Phillies, and their magical quest for the National League pennant This story was a different baseball story than I was used to because of the era it was written about and the era the authors paid the most attention to the game This story shows how much the game has been corrupted over the years and how the playoffs have been ruined Never again will we have a story like the 1950 Phillies I have a n I thought the author did a masterful job of telling the tale of his team, the 1950 Philidelphia Phillies, and their magical quest for the National League pennant This story was a different baseball story than I was used to because of the era it was written about and the era the authors paid the most attention to the game This story shows how much the game has been corrupted over the years and how the playoffs have been ruined Never again will we have a story like the 1950 Phillies I have a new appreciation of our National Pastime, and the memories it creates I learned lots and enjoyed lots while reading this book It is a must read for baseball fans


  6. Jim Jim says:

    I recently met Robin Roberts, a fine gentleman indeed and charter member of the legendary 1950 Phillies He gave me the book It s a real insider s look at baseball when it truly was our national pastime.