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Baseball greats get book deals, right? With the Hall of Fame class now set for 2019, I thought I would take a look at books that focus on those players’ careers. I was surprised to find that only on of the six has an autobiography already in print, and only one other has an announced release date for later this year.

I’m not sure there would be much demand for a Lee Smith tell-all, or even a Harold Baines bio (although I would be interested in that one). Mike Mussina‘s humble disposition will probably prevent an autobiography from him. I heard an interesting story, and I don’t remember if it was on MLB Network’s coverage or elsewhere. Mussina tanked a grade in school so he wouldn’t be valedictorian. He didn’t want the spotlight.

There are a handful of Roy Halladay books geared toward younger readers:

Time will tell if a fuller examination of Halladay’s life will be offered, or if biographies of Smith, Baines, or Mussina will pop up.

Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Roy Halladay


A dominant force on the mound, the Blue Jays and Phillies relied on the late Roy Halladay to eat innings and win games. Halladay was the Cy Young Award winner twice, and finished in the top five for the trophy five other times. Eight times an All-Star, Halladay won 203 games and struck out 2117 batters in his 16-year career. The BBWAA recognized him as a Hall of Famer in his first year on the ballot, and he will be inducted this summer, less than two years after his untimely death.

Goodbye, Roy Halladay

(May 14, 1977 – November 7, 2017)

Roy Halladay perished in a plane crash today in the Gulf of Mexico. He was one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation, winning 203 games and striking out 2117 batters in his 16-year career with the Blue Jays and Phillies, 1998-2013. Halladay was an 8-time All-Star, 2-time Cy Young Award winner, and finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young five other times. In 2010, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history as the Phillies topped the Reds in the NLDS.

The Essential Games of the Philadelphia Phillies (2012)

Essential Games of the Philadelphia Phillies DVD review

The Essential Games of the Philadelphia Phillies
New Video, 2012
Approx. 10 hrs., 14 mins.

When choosing a team’s greatest games, there is sure to be some controversy at some point. Two of these games are obvious choices. The team’s 2008 World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays and Roy Halladay‘s 2010 postseason no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds would surely make anyone’s list. And certainly, one of the games from the 1993 NLCS against the Braves would probably be included, but the last game of that series was not the most exciting. And in 1980, a year in which the Phils won the World Series, the game chosen was from the NLCS. A good game, no doubt, but in my opinion it does not trump the World Series.

Despite the shortcomings in the game selection, this is still a fine set to own. Where else can you see Nolan Ryan pitching to Pete Rose and Mike Schmidt, or Greg Maddux facing Darren Daulton and John Kruk? Anytime you have the chance to own a no-hitter on DVD, especially a postseason no-no, you have to do it.

Phillies phans won’t be able to root for their team in the 2012 postseason, but with this collection they can reminisce about their past pheats.

Games included in the set:

  • October 12, 1980, vs. Houston Astros – 1980 NLCS Game 5
  • October 13, 1993, vs. Atlanta Braves – 1993 NLCS Game 6
  • October 27, 2008, vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 2008 World Series Game 5
  • October 6, 2010, vs. Cincinnati Reds – 2010 NLDS Game 1

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Purchase The Essential Games of the Philadelphia Phillies.

A no-hitter? REALLY?

Wow. That’s all I can say about it right now. Just, Wow.

I need to go cry a little bit now. Remember though, it is a best-of-5 series. We can still do this. WE CAN STILL DO THIS!

NLDS #Reds vs. #Phillies – Game 1

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