Tony Phillips

Keith Anthony Phillips (April 25, 1959 – February 17, 2016) was an American professional baseball utility player who had an 18-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career from 1982 to 1999. He played regularly at second base, but also had significant time as a shortstop and third baseman. In addition, Phillips showed his versatility with over 100 game appearances in the outfield corners and as a designated hitter.

Tony Phillips
Tony Phillips
Outfielder / Infielder
Born: April 25, 1959
Atlanta, Georgia
Died: February 17, 2016 (aged 56)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 10, 1982, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
August 15, 1999, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.266
Home runs160
Runs batted in819
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Phillips played baseball and other sports for the Roswell High School Hornets in Roswell, Georgia. He played basketball in a brief year at New Mexico Military Institute (with teammate and former NBA player Lewis Lloyd). He is the uncle of professional football player Jermaine Phillips.[1]

Major league baseball career

On March 27, 1981, Phillips was traded from the Padres along with 3B Kevin Bell and P Eric Mustad to the Athletics for P Bob Lacey and P Roy Meretti. Phillips became the first member of the Oakland Athletics to hit for the cycle going 5-for-5 against the Orioles on May 16, 1986.[2] Phillips also tied the American League records for most assists in a game (12) on July 6, 1986, against the Brewers.[3] In 1988, he had a poor year, hitting just .203 over 212 at bats, and the Athletics lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series with Phillips striking out against Orel Hershiser for the final out of the series. However, in 1989 he boosted his average to .262 and the A's swept the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series. Phillips made the last out of the 1989 World Series when he fielded a ground ball off the bat of Brett Butler and then threw to Dennis Eckersley covering first base to clinch the series.

Phillips left Oakland after 1989 to join the Detroit Tigers. His offensive production surged with Detroit: he became proficient at drawing walks, leading the American League in 1993 with 132 after posting 114 in 1992. His 114 runs scored in 1992 were a league best, and he followed that up with 113 runs scored in 1993. His 1993 season was recognized with a 16th-place finish in the MLB Most Valuable Player Award vote. Also, his 1993 season was unique in that he became the first (and so far only) player to ever have 100 or more of hits, walks, runs, and strikeouts in a season where the player hit less than 10 homers.

After hitting 19 home runs and drawing another 95 walks in 1994, Phillips was traded to the California Angels for Chad Curtis in April 1995, with the season yet to start due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike. He set a career-best mark that year with 27 homers, but drove in just 61 runs due to batting lead-off, and walked 113 times.

1996 saw Phillips move on to the Chicago White Sox, with whom he drew 125 walks, most in the league, and scored 119 runs for the second year in a row. Phillips returned to the Angels via a trade with Chad Kreuter for Jorge Fábregas and Chuck McElroy partway through the 1997 season and drew 102 walks, his third year in a row and fifth year out of six with over 100. In 1998 he played with the Toronto Blue Jays, who traded him to the New York Mets for Leo Estrella, and then signed on with the A's for his final season in 1999.

Career statistics

In in 18-year, 2161 game major league career, Phillips posted a .266 batting average (2023-for-7617) with 1300 runs, 360 doubles, 50 triples, 160 home runs, 819 RBI, 177 stolen bases and 1319 base on balls. He finished his career with a .968 fielding percentage. In 13 postseason games, in 1988 and '89, he hit .217 (10-for-46) with 1 home run and 4 RBI.

Independent leagues

Phillips played third base for the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American League until the team folded in 2012. He played alongside former Athletics teammate Jose Canseco.[4] In August 2011, 52-year-old Phillips was involved in an altercation with former Scorpions manager Mike Marshall, then with the Chico Outlaws. Phillips punched Marshall in the face during the incident, causing the latter to press battery charges against the infielder.[5] He also came out of retirement to play for the Pittsburg Mettle in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in 2015.[6]

Cocaine arrest

On August 10, 1997, Phillips was arrested in Anaheim and charged with buying a small quantity of freebase cocaine.[7] He had been found by police in a hotel room with $30 worth of cocaine and a pipe used to smoke it.[8]

Phillips pleaded guilty to one count of felony cocaine possession, with the charge subject to dismissal if he completed drug counseling and then stayed drug-free for a year. As Phillips met those conditions, the charge was dismissed by an Orange County, California, judge in May 1999.[8]


Phillips died in Arizona of an apparent heart attack on February 17, 2016.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ Kendall, Josh (September 1, 2001). "Phillips partial to hitting marks". Online Athens. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Oakland Athletics 8, Baltimore Orioles 4". Retrosheet. May 16, 1986.
  3. ^ "Oakland Athletics 6, Milwaukee Brewers 3". Retrosheet. July 6, 1986.
  4. ^ "Another forfeit in the NAL - this time in Chico | News". Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (August 12, 2011). "Former big leaguers Tony Phillips and Mike Marshall fight as Jose Canseco manages". Hardball Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "Former MLB player Tony Phillips laces up the cleats again -- even at 56". FOX Sports. August 5, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Phillips looks to return to lineup following cocaine arrest". August 12, 1997. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Shaikin, Bill (May 4, 1999). "Judge Clears Former Angel". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Slusser, Susan (February 19, 2016). "Tony Phillips, former A's infielder, dies of apparent heart attack". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Former Athletic Tony Phillips passes away at 56". CSN Bay Area. Retrieved February 19, 2016.

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Preceded by
Rich Gedman
Hitting for the cycle
May 16, 1986
Succeeded by
Kirby Puckett
1980 San Diego Padres season

The 1980 San Diego Padres season was the 12th season in franchise history.

1986 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1986 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the A's finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1988 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1988 season involved the A's winning their first American League West title since 1981, with a record of 104 wins and 58 losses. In 1988, the elephant was restored as the symbol of the Athletics and currently adorns the left sleeve of home and road uniforms. The elephant was retired as team mascot in 1963 by then-owner Charles O. Finley in favor of a Missouri mule. The A's defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, but lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games, including a dramatic, classic walk-off home run by the Dodgers' Kirk Gibson in game one.

1988 was the first of 3 straight years the A's would represent the AL in the World Series.

1990 Detroit Tigers season

The 1990 Detroit Tigers season was the 90th season in franchise history. The Tigers finished in third place in the American League East, with a record of 79-83. They scored 750 runs and allowed 754. Notably, Cecil Fielder reached the 50 Home Run plateau, the first and last Detroit Tiger to hit at least 50 home runs since Hank Greenberg in 1938.

1991 Detroit Tigers season

The 1991 Detroit Tigers finished in second place in the American League East with a record of 83-79 (.519). They outscored their opponents 817 to 794. The Tigers drew 1,641,661 fans to Tiger Stadium in 1991, ranking 12th of the 14 teams in the American League.

1992 Detroit Tigers season

The Detroit Tigers' 1992 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Detroit Tigers attempting to win the American League East.

1995 California Angels season

The California Angels' 1995 season featured the Angels finishing in second place in the American League West with a record of 78 wins and 67 losses.

The 1995 Angels went through statistically the worst late-season collapse in Major League Baseball history. On August 16, they held a 10½-game lead over the Texas Rangers and an 11½-game lead over the Seattle Mariners, but suffered through a late season slump, including a nine-game losing streak from August 25 to September 3. They were still atop the division, leading Seattle by six games and Texas by 7½, when a second nine-game losing streak from September 13 to 23 dropped them out of first place. The Angels rebounded to win the last five scheduled games to tie Seattle for the division lead, forcing a one-game playoff to determine the division champion. Mariners ace Randy Johnson led his team to a 9–1 triumph over Angel hurler Mark Langston in the tiebreaker game, ending the Angels' season. It was the closest the Angels would come to reaching the postseason between 1986 and 2002.

1996 Chicago White Sox season

The 1996 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 97th season. They finished with a record 85-77, good enough for 2nd place in the American League Central, 14.5 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

1997 Anaheim Angels season

The Anaheim Angels 1997 season involved the Angels finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses. It was the first season for the franchise as the "Anaheim Angels", after playing under the name of the "California Angels" for the previous 31 seasons, plus part of another.

1997 Chicago White Sox season

The 1997 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 98th season. They finished with a record 80-81, good enough for 2nd place in the American League Central, 6 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

1998 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1998 season was the 37th regular season for the Mets. Like the previous season, they finished the season with a record of 88–74. Despite placing 2nd in the National League East, the Mets fell one game short of playoff contention following a catastrophic collapse during the final week of the season. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1999 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1999 season involved the A's finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses. In doing so, the Athletics finished with their first winning record since 1992. The campaign was also the first of eight consecutive winning seasons for the Athletics (the last of these coming in 2006).

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Grow Up, Tony Phillips

Grow Up, Tony Phillips is a 2013 comedy film by American director Emily Hagins and her fourth feature film. It was first released on October 31, 2013 at the South by Southwest film festival and stars Tony Vespe as Tony Phillips, a young teenager's love for Halloween. Unlike her prior feature-length films, Grow Up, Tony Phillips does not feature any supernatural elements seen in past films such as Pathogen or My Sucky Teen Romance.

Kevin Bell (baseball)

Kevin Robert Bell (born July 13, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player who appeared in all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball between 1976 and 1982, primarily as a third baseman.

Bell was the first-round pick (7th overall) of the Chicago White Sox in the 1974 Major League Baseball Draft. Selected after just one season at Mt. San Antonio College, he was placed on the fast track to the majors, and was the youngest player in the major leagues when he debuted in 1976. On June 22 of that year, he hit a rare inside-the-park grand slam home run against Steve Busby of the Kansas City Royals, and he finished that season with a .248 batting average and 5 home runs in 230 at bats.

Despite his young age, Bell never really developed beyond that. After two more years spent mostly in the minor leagues, he had a season very similar to '76 in 1979, when he batted .245 with 4 home runs in 200 at bats. In 1980, he regressed to a .178 average, and he was released by the White Sox after the season.

Bell was picked up by the San Diego Padres, but before the 1981 season had even begun, he was shipped off to the Oakland Athletics along with two minor leaguers in exchange for pitcher Bob Lacey. One of those minor leaguers would turn out to be long-time A's star Tony Phillips. Bell himself fared less well, getting just 9 more at bats in the majors in 1982 before calling it a career.

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Mayor of Guildford

The following were mayors of Guildford, Surrey, England:

1417-18: Richard Woking

1422-23: Richard Woking

1424-25: Richard Eton

1425-26: Richard Woking

1426-27: Geoffrey Mudge

1523: John Daborne

1531: John Daborne

1538–39: John Daborne

1550-51: William Hammond

1566: John Austen2000-01: Sallie Thornberry

2001–02: Jennifer Eleri Powell

2002–03: Tony Phillips

2003–04: Gordon Alfred Bridger

2004–05: Keith Taylor

2005–06: Tamsy Baker

2006–07: Angela Gunning

2007–08: Mike Nevins

2008–09: Jennifer Jordan

2009–10: Pauline Searle

2010–11: Marsha Moseley

2011–12: Terence Patrick

2012–13: Jennifer Jordan

2013–14: Diana Lockyer-Nibbs

2014–15: David Elms

2015–16: Nikki Nelson-Smith

2016–17: Gordon Jackson

2017–18: Nigel Manning

2018–19: Mike Parsons

One Day I'll Fly Away

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"One Day I'll Fly Away" is Crawford's highest charting single, and has been covered by many artists, most notably by Nicole Kidman portraying the character of Satine in 2001 motion picture Moulin Rouge!. In 2013, Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh released a cover of the song as the lead single from her debut studio album, Centre Stage. More recently the song has also been covered by British Electronica trio Vaults which was featured in the John Lewis 2016 Christmas advertisement.


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