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Who's on first? Second? Third?
Mark Mulvoy
July 14, 1969
With people in the lineup that only their mothers would recognize, the Richie Allen-less Phillies tore the league apart—for eight days
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July 14, 1969

Who's On First? Second? Third?

With people in the lineup that only their mothers would recognize, the Richie Allen-less Phillies tore the league apart—for eight days

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For a while it did not. The Bombers were losing 5-0 to the Mets in the sixth inning when Watkins, playing third base in the emergency, hit a home run and then a triple to help win a game that Boozer saved in the bottom of the 10th inning. Jackson won the second game with a four-hit shutout against New York. Moving to Montreal, the Bombers swept a four-game series with a new expansion team—the Expos—as Hisle had seven hits and six RBIs. Briggs hit a grand-slam home run, Joseph drove in four runs in one game and Palmer pitched a shutout.

The Bombers then invaded Pittsburgh where, after Boozer registered his third save in seven games, things took a desperate turn in the second game when the Pirates scored four quick runs against Jackson. The Bombers rallied for six runs in the fourth inning, with Harmon and Joseph driving in two runs apiece, and went on to win 7-4.

The road trip came to an end with a 14-4 win over Pittsburgh. The Bombers returned to Philadelphia only to become, sadly, the Phillies again. They lost four out of five to Gene Mauch's expansion Expos. Still, they were not being booed. Only regulars, apparently, get that treatment. As one man said, "These guys may lose a game or two but they will never quit." Cheers to that.

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