The Phillies and Memorial Day - It's a match many have put aside as arbitrary and meaningless and nonexistent. But to them, legends like Mick Schmidt, Babe Ruth, and the Philadelphia Stars of the Negro Leagues say "QUIET, FOOLS. THIS IS A DAY MOST CATACLYSMIC IN THE HISTORY OF THIS CITY AND ITS PEOPLE."
Babe Ruth hits a terrible ground ball to Phillies first baseman Dolph Camilli, walks off the field, and never plays professional baseball again.
The Philadelphia Stars of the Negro Leagues played the Newark Eagles at Wilmington Park in Delaware. "With tremendous hitting power, exceptional fielding and a well-balanced hurling corps, the Stars loom as a real threat to the Homestead Greys for title honors this season," read the Sunday Morning Star. The Stars would finished in fourth place.
At 16-21 with Memorial Day forthcoming, the struggling Phillies were underperforming yet again. The team swore it had a plan but the distrustful fans felt like a lot could be solved by a public execution of Ed Wade.
"Firing Wade may sate the fans for a while, but it won't solve the fundamental problems plaguing the Phillies."
--Stephen Mill, Morning Call
Not like now, when we all know that firing Ruben Amaro would fix everything.
Following a 9-3 loss to the Braves, the Phillies fall out of first place in the NL East for the first time since the beginning of May. The game instantly has a real "feels like a loss" vibe when Charlie Manuel posts a lineup with Ross Gload and Greg Dobbs in the first and second spots, respectfully.
Ty Wigginton punches straight through Mets starter Jon Niese all day, logging six RBI on the afternoon, the highest single-game number of his career and making him a Phillies fan favorite forever.
Ryne Sandberg is super-proud of his Phillies team coming out and being able to hit the ball for a base hit, something they were unable to do the night before against the Dodgers' Josh Beckett, who had no-hit them.