PHILADELPHIA – On the Tuesday before Race 3 of the World Series between the Astros and the Phillies, a parade of champions from the city of Philadelphia was on hand to launch the first ceremonial pitch together.
With this game that has been the first of a fall classic in the city of brotherly love since 2009, Mike Schmidt, Brandon Graham, Julius Erving and Bernie Parent have teamed up to give a local twist to this week’s baseball party at Citizens Bank. Park. The titles won by the Philadelphia teams in baseball, American football, basketball and ice hockey respectively were thus represented.
And to commemorate the last Phillies champion team, they received courts from Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels, all key members of the Philadelphia edition that won the 2008 World Series.
Schmidt is arguably the most revered Phillies player in the team’s long history. He played each of his 18 years in the Major League with Philadelphia, from 1972 to 1989. Leading the Majors home runs eight times and six times in the National League, third baseman finished 548 career home runs, as well as winning 10 Gold Gloves. and accumulates countless other successes in the field. He helped the Phillies win five National League East titles, two Old Circuit pennants and the team’s first World Series championship in 1980. He was elected to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame in 1995.
For his part, Graham is a defensive boss for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. His stellar tenure with the New York football team includes a heroic play at the end of Super Bowl LII, in which he took down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who tinkered with the ball. He was rescued by the Eagles to seal their first NFL championship since 1960.
On the basketball court, Erving is the epitome of Philadelphia 76ers dynamism of the 70s and 80s. His unique jumping ability and spectacular dunks set the pace for a team that reached four NBA Finals from 1977 to 1983, winning the Scudetto in the last of those years. “Dr. J “, who was also an ABA All-Star with the New York Nets in the first half of the 1970s, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
The other pitched ball was from Parent, the iconic goalkeeper of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey team. With his brilliant game in goal, Parent helped the Flyers win their only two Stanley Cups in franchise history, in 1974 and 1975. Parent was inducted into the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.