Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kruk to join ‘Wall of Fame’ in Philly on August 12th

 

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The Phillies will honor one of the more popular Phillies from the 1990’s, Mr. John Kruk. The Phils will put his plaque up in the ‘Wall of Fame’ at Ashburn Alley before the Nationals play the Phillies on August 12th.

 

Kruk was also voted to the “All-Vet Team” by the fans who selected him as their 1B selection back in the last season (2003) at Veterans Stadium. The Wall of Fame originated at Veteran’s Stadium and has carried on to CBP, the last Phil to join the wall was Darren Daulton in 2010.

 

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Today of course John Kruk works for ESPN, he’s cleaned up a bit and has an easier job of talking about baseball rather than going out on the field every day, but he’s been there, he’s a Phillie for life now being enshrined into the ‘Wall of Fame.’ He was important part of the rag-tag group that went all the way to the World Series in 1993, when no one thought they would except those player on the team!

Here is some more history of Kruk from his career at ESPN (courtesy ESPN):

John Kruk, a three-time All-Star outfielder/first baseman, serves as an analyst on ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning,Baseball Tonight.  He joined ESPN for the 2004 season, making his debut during a Spring Training telecast between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies from Tampa, Fla.  In March 2006, Kruk also provided game analysis for several World Baseball Classic and Spring Training telecasts on ESPN.

Kruk retired in 1995 following a 10-year Major League career with the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox, in which he posted a .300 batting average with 100 home runs and 592 runs batted in.  During a White Sox/Orioles game, Kruk retired from baseball after hitting a single in the top of the first inning off Baltimore’s Scott Erickson.

In 2003, Kruk served as TV and radio analyst for Comcast SportsNet and WPEN-AM, respectively, and worked in marketing and client relations for the Phillies.  He was named to the All-Vet team, which honored the best players to take the field in the 32-year history of Veterans Stadium, in 2003.

Kruk was a contributor to Fox Sports Net’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period from 2001 through 2003.  Previously, he was a hitting coach for the Phillies’ Double-A team in Reading, Pa. during the 2001 season.

 

Of course being on the ‘Wall of Fame’ doesn’t retire a player’s number, that is reserved for only the players who have set extraordinary records as a player. There are some qualifications for the ‘Wall’ though: Phillies players with 5 or more years of service are eligible, position players require a minimum of 700 games and pitchers need a minimum of 180 games to be eligible. Managers and coaches need a minimum of 4 or more years.

 

Here’s a list of Phillies on the “Wall of Fame”

 

Robin Roberts (1978)

Richie Ashburn (1979)

Chuck Klein (1980)

Grover Alexander (1981)

Del Ennis (1982)

Jim Bunning (1984)

Ed Delahanty (1985)

Cy Williams (1986)

Granny Hamner (1987)

Paul Owens (1988)

Steve Carlton (1989)

Mike Schmidt (1990)

Larry Bowa (1991)

Chris Short (1992)

Curt Simmons (1993)

Dick Allen (1994)

Willie Jones (1995)

Sam Thompson (1996)

Johnny Callison (1997)

Greg Luzinski (1998)

Tug McGraw (1999)

Gavvy Cravath (2000)

Garry Maddox (2001)

Tony Taylor (2002)

Sherry Magee (2003)

Billy Hamilton (2004)

Bob Boone (2005)

Dallas Green (2006)

John Vukovich (2007)

Juan Samuel (2008)

Harry Kalas (2009)

Darren Daulton (2010)

John Kruk (2011)

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