Schilling to be inducted into Wall of Fame; Lidge to retire a Phillie

Schilling to be inducted into Wall of Fame; Lidge to retire a Phillie
May 22, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Two memorable Phillies pitchers will be honored during Alumni Weekend in August at Citizens Bank Park.

Brad Lidge will ceremoniously retire as a Phillie on Aug. 1 before the Phils' 7:05 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants and Curt Schilling will be inducted into the Wall of Fame on Aug. 2, the team announced Wednesday.

Lidge, who is one of many heroes from the 2008 World Champion Phillies, will throw out the first ball on Aug. 1 and will remain in town for the rest of the weekend festivities.

“I had my greatest moment at Citizens Bank Park and I would like to officially retire as a member of the Phillies organization,” Lidge said in a statement released by the team.

The 36-year-old helped the Phillies clinch their first World Series title in 28 years when he recorded the final out of the '08 Fall Classic by striking out Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske in Game 5.

Lidge, who retired from baseball last winter, spent four seasons with the Phillies and saved 100 games with the team. Previous players who have chosen to retire as a Phillie include: Doug Glanville (2005), Mike Lieberthal (2008) and Pat Burrell (2012).

Schilling spent nine of his 20 big league seasons with the Phillies, posting a 3.35 ERA and 101-78 record in 226 starts.

The 46-year-old helped the Phils reach the 1993 World Series, their first appearance since 1983, and was the first right-hander in team history to strike out 300 batters in a single season.

Schilling was also the first Phillies pitcher to win an NLCS MVP Award ('93) and toss a postseason shutout.

The Phillies began the Wall of Fame in 1978 to honor former players with the Phils and A's. When Citizens Bank Park was opened in 2004, the Wall of Fame was limited to Phillies greats.

The weekend will be capped off with a salute to the popular 1993 National League Champion Phillies and former manager Jim Fregosi on Aug. 4.

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