It's the day after Thanksgiving where most men are still recovering from a turkey hangover and women are up and shopping before the sun wakes up (but Walmart is 24 hours). Yep, Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. If you're looking for a gift for your favorite blog author- I'm asking Santa for XM radio. Anyway, I want to honor this wonderful day in a special way...cue the sound of African tribal drums...Black Phriday, subject- my brothers from another mother.
Current Soul-jahs on the Phils are Rollins, Howard, Roberson, Flash, and Bourn...well represented, don't let the man keep you down! Past Phillies that brought the funky vibe to the City of Brotherly Love were Lenny Webster, Tony Longmire, Chuck McElroy, Arthur Rhodes, Wally Ritchie, Lonnie Smith, Charlie Hayes, Kim Batiste, Marvin Freeman, and the list goes on.
Dick Allen is Soul Brotha #1 in my book. He was the Phillies power hitting 3rd baseman back in the 60's before that no-talent whiteboy hack came to town, what was his name, oh yeah Mike Schmidt, what ever became of him anyway? Dick, hahaha I just typed dick, came back to the Phils later in his career as a 1st baseman. Allen may be inducted in to the Hall-of-Fame by the veteran's committee someday, as he ended his baseball years with 351 homers, 1,119 rbi, .292 avg., and a .912 OPS...solid stats for a player in the 60's/70's.
One of my favorite Phils of all-time was Wes Chamberlain. I can't explain why, but I always liked him. He never lived up to the promise that his bulging biceps and linebacker frame suggested, but he was a member of the adored '93 team and that's enough for me.
Our first post ever on WSBGM's featured Steve Jeltz. He wasn't good, he was actually quite bad. Yet, we idolize him because of that superific jheri curl...get down with yo bad self!
Wait, Wally Ritchie was white? Well, so is his sister Nicole, that damn Lionel loves the white women!