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This day in Philadelphia Phillies history is jam-packed!

We start off in 1950, when Phillies reliever Jim Konstanty (16-7, 2.66 ERA, 22 saves) was named the National League MVP. The 33-year-old joined Chuck Klein as the only Phillie to have won the MVP award at the time.

Now we head to 1972, when Steve Carlton, who led the league in victories (27), ERA (1.97), starts (41), complete games (30), and strikeouts (310), deservedly won the NL Cy Young Award. Read more about Carlton's Hall-of-Fame worthy career here.

Next up in 1983, pitcher John Denny (19-6, 2.37 ERA) received 20 of 24 first-place votes to win the NL Cy Young Award for the NL champion Phillies.


In 2005, Pat Gillick signed a three-year deal with the Phillies, becoming their general manager. Gillick formerly served as GM of the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and Seattle Mariners, leading his teams to two World Series titles and nine playoff appearances. He eventually led the Phillies to a World Series title, an NL pennant, and five playoff appearances.

And finally, in 2009, second baseman Chase Utley once again made history when he tied Reggie Jackson's 1977 record with his fifth home run of the World Series, going deep twice in the Phillies' 8-6 victory over the Yankees in Game 5. 

Utley became the second player to have two multi-homer games in the Fall Classic, joining Royals' outfielder Willie Aikens, who accomplished the feat against the Phillies in 1980.

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