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The Fightin’ Phillies

By Paul Hagen /

thefightinphilliesBaseball was different during World War II. How different was it? Well, did you know that in 1943, the Phillies played a stunning 43 doubleheaders? And that eight of them were split gates, with one game at 10 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m. for the benefit of war workers on swing shifts?

That’s just one of the tidbits included in Larry Shenk‘s latest book, “The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits.” And nobody is better positioned to tell these tales than Shenk, who worked for the team for more than 50 years.

What he’s produced in his second compilation — “If These Walls Could Talk” came out in 2014 — is another relaxed stroll down memory lane, a smorgasbord of all things Phillies from an author who has had an inside look at so much of the franchise’s history.

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If These Walls Could Talk

By Paul Hagen /

shenkbookLarry Shenk’s first season as the public relations director for the Phillies was 1964. He was the third person in as many years to hold the position. That was also the season when Philadelphia saw a 6 1/2-game lead with 12 games to play disappear, a World Series whiff that still lives in franchise infamy.

The Baron, as he is universally known, has more than overcome those inauspicious early omens. Shenk is still going strong as the vice president of alumni relations. Shenk started at Connie Mack Stadium, went to Veterans Stadium and now works out of Citizens Bank Park, where the press box is named after him.

In all those years, Shenk has seen and heard it all. Now, he’s sharing some of those tales in a breezy read called “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories From the Philadelphia Phillies Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box.”

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