All we know about the Philadelphia Fever is what we learned from Wikipedia. And from watching this clip we stumbled upon on YouTube this morning featuring none other than Harry Kalas calling their first ever game way back in 1978. They apparently only lasted until 1982, according to their Wiki entry.
The video was uploaded by user "soccermavn" and includes this description:
The first nine minutes of the Philadelphia Fever's first-ever match, in
Cincinnati. This was only the third in Major Indoor Soccer League
The Fever was made up mostly of players from
Philadelphia's United League, including ex-Philadelphia Atoms Bobby
Ludwig, Lew Meehl, and Skip Roderick. Also on the team was Cliff
Simmons of Sicklerville, NJ, and goalkeeper Woody Hartman (Temple).
Rounding out the team were two ex-New York Cosmos, Joey Fink and Freg
The play-by-play in this match is by none other than
baseball Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas, the long-time Phillies
Read the rest here.
And if you listen, it sounds like Harry hasn't chewed on too many stogies yet back in those days.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.