Gary Matthews: October 8, 1983
Matthews took over in left field for the Phillies in 1981 after Greg Luzinski was traded to the White Sox. Matthews hit 38 regular season home runs in three seasons with the Phillies, but it was his shot in the 1983 NLCS against the Dodgers that was his most memorable.
Ahead two games to one, the Phillies took over early in game four with a three-run shot by Matthews off Jerry Reuss with two outs in the first inning. For Matthews, it was his second home run of the NLCS. The Phillies went on to win the game 7-2 and the series, three games to one.
Von Hayes: June 12, 1985
A two-home run, five-RBI game is quite a day for any player. Doing so in a single inning is remarkable. That’s what Von Hayes did in the Phillies 26-7 route of the Mets. Leading off the game, Hayes deposited one off Tom Gorman, who lasted only a third of an inning. Later in the inning, Hayes took Calvin Schiraldi deep for a grand slam.
Up 16-0 after two, the Phillies never looked back. Hayes hit only 13 home runs for the season and had a career-high 26 for the Phillies in 1989. He retired with 143 home runs, 124 of them coming in a Phillies uniform.
Mike Schmidt: April 18, 1987
Schmidt entered the 1987 season on the doorstep of the exclusive 500 home run club. Off to a quick start, Schmidt hit four home runs over the first couple of weeks and was within one. On a Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Phillies allowed four in the eighth to fall behind 6-5. With two on and two outs in the 9th, the stage was set for Schmidt.
Schmidt drilled a 3-0 pitch out deep to left for his 500th and an 8-6 lead in the game. As the legendary Harry Kalas called it, “Swing and a long drive, there it is, number 500! The career 500th home run for Michael Jack Schmidt and the Phillies have regained the lead in Pittsburgh, 8-6 and the Phillies dugout comes swarming out to home plate!”