Source for dates and events: Broad and Pattison
Today in Phillies history (highlights):
1896: Phillies name George Stallings as player/manager.
[He only appeared in 3 games on the field in the year-plus he managed the Phils. Stallings' real claim to fame came 18 years later, as the manager of the 1914 Miracle Braves. His SABR bio.]
1943: Named former Red Sox and Yankees pitcher Herb Pennock, who was then Red Sox farm director, as the team's first general manager.
[Pennock was elected to the Hall of Fame just weeks after he died of cerebral hemorrhage at 53 - more below. GM duties had previously been handled by the Phillies' team owner, and that resumed upon Pennock's death in 1948, until a full-time GM was hired again in 1954.]
1964: Traded 24 year old rookie left fielder Danny Cater, and 27-year old minor leaguer Lee Elia to the Chicago White Sox, for Ray Herbert and Jeoff Long.
1969: Lost in the Rule 5 draft: Gene Rounsaville to the Chicago White Sox, and Manny Trillo to the Oakland A's
[I had no idea that the Phillies had originally signed Trillo as a 17 year old out of Venezuela. Seems fitting then that he would be acquired back and have his best years in a Phillies uniform, including the 1980 WS championship run, when he was MVP of the wild NLCS against Houston.]
1986: Mike Schmidt earns his 10th Gold Glove in 11 years: 1976-84, and this final one in 1986.
[Top 3 all-time in Gold Gloves at third base: Brooks Robinson 16, Schmidt 10, Scott Rolen 8]
1989: Signed former San Diego outfielder Carmelo Martinez as a free agent. Martinez would be traded to Pittsburgh in August 1990 for Wes Chamberlain, Julio Peguero, and a PTBNL (became 21-year old AA prospect Tony Longmire).
Born on this date:
1925: Cal McLish, who pitched his last three years in Philadelphia in 1962-64, and then began a second career as a coach when he was named pitching coach of the Phils by Gene Mauch for 1965-66. His SABR bio.
More on Manny Trillo from his wikipedia page:
Originally signed as a catcher by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1968, Trillo was converted into a third baseman by his first minor league manager, Dallas Green. In 1969, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics from the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft. Trillo was converted into a second baseman in 1973 while playing for the Athletics' Triple A team, the Tucson Toros. He made his Major League debut with Oakland on June 28, 1973 and stayed with the club as the Athletics won the American League Western Division pennant by six games over the Kansas City Royals, then defeated theBaltimore Orioles in the 1973 American League Championship Series.
Trillo had a minor role in a controversial incident during the 1973 World Series against the New York Mets. Athletics' second baseman Mike Andrews committed two errors in a four-run twelfth inning of Game 2, leading to a Mets' victory. Athletics team owner Charlie Finley attempted to have Andrews waived onto the disabled list in order to activate Trillo into the line up. Eventually, commissioner Bowie Kuhn ruled the move illegal and, forced Finley to reinstate Andrews for Game 4.
More on Herb Pennock:
In December 1943, R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr., the new owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, hired Pennock as his general manager, after receiving a recommendation from Mack. Carpenter gave Pennock a lifetime contract. Pennock filled Carpenter's duties when the team's owner was drafted into service during World War II in 1944. As general manager, Pennock changed the team's name to the "Blue Jays", and invested $1 million ($13,396,975 in current dollar terms) into players who would become known as the "Whiz Kids", who won the National League pennant in 1950, including Curt Simmons and Willie Jones. He also created a "Grandstand Managers Club", the first in baseball history, allowing fans to give feedback to the team, and advocated for the repeal of the Bonus Rule. However, he opposed racial integration in baseball, and threatened to boycott a 1947 game between the Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers if Jackie Robinson, who the Dodgers signed to break the color barrier, played.
According to both wikipedia and his SABR bio, Pennock had a "lifetime" deal:
Carpenter and Pennock hit it off; Pennock was hired "for life" and given a big, sun-filled, corner office on the 19th floor of the Packard Building in Philadelphia.
Recent article on Pennock's induction to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame last month: Racism claim still clouds Hall of Famer Pennock's reputation