Two division rivals are teaming up to honor a baseball legend.
On Wednesday, March 5, the Philadelphia Phillies will join the Atlanta Braves to honor baseball great Jim Fregosi, who passed away last week at the age of 71. The tribute to Fregosi will take place at Bright House Field, prior to that day's 1:05 p.m. Phillies-Braves game.
"Jim Fregosi, who spent 53 years in the game, was one of the most respected men in baseball," said Larry Shenk, Phillies Vice President, Alumni Relations. "We invite fans to join us on March 5 as we celebrate Jim's legacy."
Fregosi played for four different major league teams and managed four, including the Phillies (1991-96). In addition, Fregosi had been an assistant to the general manager of the Braves the past 13 seasons.
FIRST EVER PHILLIES ALUMNI DAY AT BRIGHT HOUSE FIELD
Nearly 40 former players will be on hand for the first Phillies Alumni Day in Spring Training on Saturday, March 8, at Bright House Field, before and during that day's Phillies-Astros game at 1:05 p.m. (gates open at 10:30 a.m.). Highlights include:
- Selected Alumni will participate in pre-game autograph stations, while other interaction with fans will be a surprise. All Alumni will be introduced on the field pre-game.
- Dallas Green will sell and autograph his book, The Mouth That Roared, prior to the game.
- Other Phillies Alumni scheduled to attend are: Dick Allen, Larry Andersen, Jack Baldschun, Dave Cash, Darren Daulton, Billy DeMars, John Denny, Tom Hume, Sixto Lezcano, Greg Luzinski, Gary Matthews, Denis Menke, Dickie Noles, Shane Rawley, Gene Schall and Kent Tekulve, as well as former Phillies in the team's major and minor league camps. (*Alumni subject to change.)
As is the case for every Bright House Field Spring Training game, the Phillie Phanatic will entertain before and during the game. Baseball's most entertaining mascot might even interact with Alumni.