Phillies Add an Array of Prizes to Feb. 21st Program

The Philadelphia Phillies organization will add an array of prizes to the program on Feb. 21st about its 1915 Pennant Winning team. This is when baseball author and Phillies authority Bob Warrington will present an informative and humorous talk about Spring Training 100 years ago and how it differs from today.

Warrington will speak 1 p.m. at the Community Center’s Chris Maloney Auditorium, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission is free.

When the Phillies learned about this, they decided to make it even more interesting by offering the following prizes: For a Trivia Answering contest, the team will provide 25 prizes: 5 Chase Utley, 5 Ryan Howard and 5 Roy Halladay Bobble Heads, 5 Jimmy Rollins All-Time Hits Leader Prints and 5 Fedora Caps. Door prizes will include a used baseball from a Phillies game last season, the Phillies “Extraordinary Tradition” hard cover coffee table book, Chase Utley, Jim Thome, Pat Burrell and Gavin Floyd autographed baseball cards and a full size Phillies Umbrella.

The Trivia Contest and door prizes will be awarded following Warrington’s presentation. Warrington has compiled 50 Trivia questions for the audience to answer. Also following the program, the audience will be able to have their photo taken holding a Fred Luderus bat. Luderus was the star first baseman of the Phillies 1915 Pennant winning team. Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (Old Pete) was also on the squad and won 30 games that year.

The 1915 Phillies Pennant winning team traveled to Spring Training in St. Petersburg not by train, not by plane but by boat. Members of the team were almost drowned in a storm, several were pursued by a lynch mob and the squad was managed by Pat Moran, a tough minded, talented, tyrant. Don’t miss this presentation. Baseball fans and the general public alike will enjoy the free program. For information, call Public Relations (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300.

When freelance writer Victor Monaco saw our story about the Phillies exhibit it rekindled numerous memories about Pete Rose. Monaco worked as an employee in the Phillies’ Public Relations Department. He describes Pete as a genial, good natured prankster.

But his spring training story involves being put in a large hotel room by Phillies management. He was advised that he might have to share the room with a minor leaguer. Late that night there was a knock on the door. It was a young player who barely spoke English. He introduced himself as Jorge. It turned out his roommate was future All Star George Bell, who the Phillies let get away.

MR. MATURE AMERICA REMINDER: We have been asked to remind the public that our Mr. Mature America Pageant for men 55 years and older is not limited to residents of Ocean City. Last year’s winner, Frank Farilli, is from Cape May Court House. The contest is for anyone living in the United States. It will be held March 28 at the Music Pier.

The pageant spotlights the relevance of our “mature” citizens, their talents and the contributions they make to their communities. Entry in the Pageant is free. Winners are awarded prizes and all contestants receive a T Shirt and ham from Dietz and Watson. To enter, email, call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300, after hours call (856) 691-7535. The Pageant benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard. Tickets are $10, are all reserved seating and will be available March 1. Call (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300.

The Pageant will also feature an exhibit of keepsakes and memorabilia from area residents “that evoke pleasant memories.”  This is in keeping with the Pageant’s theme “Memories.” It is also an attempt to build interest for a future Old Year’s Celebration now in the planning stages. If you would like to exhibit your memorabilia at the Pageant call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9300 or email All exhibitors will receive free passes to the show.

We already have several entries. One is from Catherine Rossi who will display handmade dolls from Palmer Chevrolet that was located on the 1100 block of Asbury Ave. Catherine believes they may have been given away to car buyers. The dolls are embroidered with “From Palmer’s” and “I Love Chevrolet.”

DON’T MISS THIS VALENTINE’S SPECIAL! (Feb.13-15) It’s a holiday treat presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company for the Valentine’s weekend. Michael Hartman’s talented group will present the popular FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS: VOLUME 1. The show is a good natured spoof of some of Broadway’s greatest shows and entertainers. Productions to be targeted include Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Rent, Spamelot, Annie and more. The show features fantastic professional talent offering a memorable evening at the Theatre during Valentine’s time.

Show times are Feb. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb.15 at 2p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for Seniors and children 12 and under. For ticket information, call (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300 or visit

ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE SERIES (Feb. 12) Birds and Bird Watching in Cape May County with Pat and Clay Sutton is set for the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., at 7 p.m. in Room N110. On March 19 at 7 p.m. there will be a program on Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Upcoming lectures will be held on April 16, May 21st and June11th at 7 p.m. with topics to be announced. Events are free.

(Feb. 19) An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. To be eligible to donate you must be at least 17, in good health, weigh no less than 110 pounds and not have donated in the last 56 days. There is a special need for Type O donors. Appointments are preferred but not required. Call (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9365 or access For information and eligibility requirements call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit website.

(Through Feb 28) the Ocean City Board of Realtors is sponsoring a FOOD IS LOVE DRIVE to collect food including canned items, microwaveable pasta meals and more. Collection will include monetary donations as well as Shop Rite Gift Cards to be donated to the City’s Ecumenical Food Cupboard. For information about drop off locations and more specifics, contact Vicki Heebner (609) 399-0128. or


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