We’re looking forward to the Red Sox series starting on Tuesday night, but today we’ll be looking back at this day in Phillies history.
On June 27th 2007, the Phillies first baseman, Ryan Howard, stunned the Philadelphia Phillies home crowd of 31,000+ with a mammoth 461-foot home run and became the fastest MLB player in history to hit his 100th home run for his career. The home run solidified Howard’s reputation as a home run hitter. Howard’s contract extension of $900,000 for one year for the 2007 season has now long since been eclipsed by his $10 million dollar 2008 contract and $15 million dollar 2009 salary and $19 million 2010, followed up by $20 million each year in 2011, 2012, and 2013. It certainly does pay to be a good home run hitter.
On June 27th 1963, the Phillies player, Johnny Callison, hit for the cycle at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Callison went 4-5 with 4 RBI. The Phillies went on to win the game 13-4 in this one back in 1963 and for the Phillies it had been a long time since anyone had hit for ‘the cycle’. In fact, you have to go way back to 1933 to May 26th of that year to find the previous time that a Phillies player hit for the rare cycle before Callison did it in '63. It was Chuck Klein who hit for the cycle both times previous to Johnny’s cycle in 1963, Chuck hit his May 26, 1933 and on July 1, 1931.