October 16th: a forgettable day in Philadelphia Phillies history


Aug 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies wall of fame inductee Curt Schilling is introduced during the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies wall of fame induction ceremony prior to playing the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Phillies 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Not much good came from two World Series games played by the Philadelphia Phillies on October 16th.

The Phillies were denied their second World Series title on this date in 1983 as the Baltimore Orioles took the series in five games behind a pair of home runs from Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.

Each team had five hits, but the final score was 5-0 in favor of Baltimore as Philadelphia starter Charles Hudson took the loss in just four innings of work.

Pete Rose and Garry Maddox each had multi-hit games for the Phillies on that fateful Sunday.

One unique note about game five of the 1983 World Series is that it only lasted two hours and twenty-one minutes.  This is mostly due to the fact that Orioles starter Scott McGregor was mowing down the Phillies as he threw a complete-game shutout.

Ten years later the Philadelphia Phillies opened the 1993 World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays and it too, was a less than favorable game for the Philly Phaithful.

With ace Curt Schilling on the mound, Philadelphia posted five runs and outhit the Blue Jays 11-10.  The Blue Jays also had three errors as opposed to the Phillies one, but they got the best of Schilling and scored seven runs off him.

The Blue Jays took the game 8-5 at the SkyDome.

Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher, Tim McCarver, was born 73 years ago on October 16th.  McCarver played with the Phillies in their 1980 championship season, but did not actually play in the World Series and fell in the National League Championship Series three years in a row with the club from 1976-78.  He did, however, see the Phillies become world champs in 2008 from the broadcast booth.