Jack Phillips (phillja02)

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Biographical Information[edit]

A competent batsman with a keen eye and not strikeout prone, first baseman Jack Phillips was also versatile utility man during his 9-year ML career. He was signed by the New York Yankees in 1943 and spent that summer with the Norfolk Tars of the Piedmont League. He missed nearly all of 1944 and all of 1945 due to military service. After World War II, he returned to baseball and spent the next several seasons with the Newark Bears. He reached the majors with the Yankees in 1947 and won a World Series ring in his rookie campaign.

On July 8, 1950, while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Phillips hit the first pinch-hit "ultimate" home run in major league history (an ultimate home run is one hit with the bases loaded that provides the home team with a one-run victory). The feat was not performed again until Brooks Conrad of the Atlanta Braves did it on May 20, 2010.

Following his playing days, Phillips managed for several seasons in the minors and then in 1965 became baseball coach for 24 years at his alma mater, Clarkson College of Technology, retiring after the 1988 spring season. On May 3, 2008, Clarkson honored Phillips by re-naming its baseball facility "Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field."

Phillips and Bill Bernhard are the only two major leaguers (through 2008) born in Clarence, NY. Phillips and Steve Roser are the only two major leaguers (through 2008) from Clarkson University.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1960 Elmira Pioneers New York-Penn League 56-74 5th Philadelphia Phillies
1961 Magic Valley Cowboys Pioneer League 64-66 4th Philadelphia Phillies
1962 Magic Valley Cowboys Pioneer League 64-65 3rd Philadelphia Phillies
1963 Chattanooga Lookouts South Atlantic League 62-78 6th Philadelphia Phillies
1964 Jamestown Tigers New York-Penn League 47-75 5th (t) Detroit Tigers none

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