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Matt Albertson
Matt earned both a BA in History and a BA in Political Science from Bloomsburg University (Pa.) in 2012, and his MA in History from Villanova University in 2014. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and is currently working on several articles for SABR related publication.
Interests: Colonial America (1492-1764), Revolutionary America (1765-1783), 19th century baseball, early 20th century baseball, and Philadelphia history.
Recent Activity
Manuel is the only manager on this year's ballot to have led teams to multiple World Series appearances and the only candidate to have posted a winning record in the postseason. Continue reading
Tommy McDonald passed away on Monday at the age of 84. Continue reading
The Phillies have made countless trades since the trade deadline was moved to July 31 in 1986, but only a handful consumed the fanbase quite like those between 2000 and 2010. Continue reading
Aerial view of Baker Bowl in the late 1920's (Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center. Temple University. Philadelphia, PA) By Matt Albertson, Historical Columnist The Beginning It was the best of times when the Phillies opened their new ballpark on April 30, 1887. The national Sporting Life noted in... Continue reading
Philadelphia fans were heavily out numbered at Citizens Bank Park during the recent Yankee series. Winning is not the only thing that will prevent a future takeover and draw local fans to the ballpark Continue reading
Zach Eflin tabbed as Tuesday's starter against Miami. It will be his third stint in the majors as he attempts to show he belongs at the big league level. Continue reading
The Phillies once again participated in a ground breaking first for Major League Baseball when they played the New York Mets in the first Facebook exclusive broadcast. Continue reading
Although Bolden was a great leader and visionary, he was not without criticism. Continue reading
Owner and marketing extraordinaire Ed Bolden was the man behind two championship caliber negro league teams in the Philadelphia region in the early 20th century. Continue reading
Jorge Alfaro's second inning grand slam put the Phillies ahead 5-2. They did not relinquish the lead and won their first game of the Grapefruit League campaign. Continue reading
The Philadelphia Phillies look to earn their first win of the 2018 Grapefruit League campaign on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. Continue reading
The Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame's "Night at the Ballpark" will have a decidedly Philadelphia feel when honors are bestowed Saturday, February 10, 2018. Continue reading
The Phillies' first permanent home was the scene of some of the greatest sporting tragedies in American sports history. Continue reading
Looking ahead to 2018, the Phillies have three possible avenues to choose from for future Wall of Fame induction ceremonies and Alumni Weekends. Continue reading
Former Phillies centerfielder Aaron Rowand went 3-for-3 and earned the Bob Feller Player of the Game award at Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY. Continue reading
Dallas Green, the first Phillies manager to lead the club to a World Series championship, has died at the age of 82. Continue reading
This final installment will overview the Phillies careers of Larry Christenson, Gene Garber, and Ron Reed, with a 2017 candidate list assessment at the end. Continue reading
Polanco was the consummate professional who bridged the Scott Rolen and 2008 Phillies era's. Continue reading
Members of the Dick Allen Belongs in the Hall of Fame campaign visited students at Archbishop Ryan High School last Wednesday to talk about Allen's legacy. Continue reading
Pete Rose will likely appear on the Philladelphia Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot in 2017, further thawing relations between he and major league baseball. Continue reading
Could Tommy Joseph be the Phillies' surprise bat of 2017 and first baseman of the future? Or will prospect Rhys Hoskins earn that title? Continue reading
Claire Smith, who covered Philadelphia sports for the Evening Bulletin and Philadelphia Inquirer, awarded J.G. Taylor Spink Award Continue reading
Former Phillies pitcher and Hall of Fame member Jim Bunning suffers stroke; watching baseball during recovery. Continue reading
Former Phillie greats Dick Allen and Pete Rose were inducted into the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame this past August. Continue reading
Jim Bunning's perfect game on Father's Day 1964 was the first in the National League since John Montgomery Ward's in 1880. Continue reading