On this day in 1975, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox wins his first Gold Glove Award, marking the first time a Phillies outfielder won the award. Maddox went on to win seven more Gold Gloves at center field, which he secured consecutively between 1976 to 1982, all with Philadelphia.
Also on this day in 1975, Phillies outfielder Greg Luzinski finished second in National League MVP voting to Cincinnati Reds' Joe Morgan. "The Bull" hit .300 and led the league with 322 total bases.
In 1997, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted right fielder Bobby Abreu in the expansion draft, but quickly traded him to the Phillies for shortstop Kevin Stocker, a member of the 1993 NL Champion Phillies, who finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting that year. Stocker struggled with the Devil Rays, spending three years with the club before retiring as a member of the Anaheim Angels in 2000.
In nine seasons with the Phillies, Abreu batted .303/.416/.513 with 195 homers, 814 RBI, and 254 stolen bases. He was selected to back-to-back All Star Games in 2004 and 2005, winning a Silver Slugger in '04 and a Gold Glove and the Home Run Derby in '05.
And finally, local boy and 2008 hero Jamie Moyer was born on this day in 1962. Moyer spent five seasons with the Phillies, picking up his first and only World Series championship during his 25-year MLB career in '08. Happy 59th birthday, Jamie!
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