Does anyone remember Eagles linebacker Steve Zabel? Could Barry Bonds have been a Phillie in 1990?
With the Eagles’ draft in their rearview mirror, this version of Yesterday – a trip back in time to the late 1960s, 70s and occasionally dipping into the early 80s – is a reminiscence of some of the probably forgotten best and inadequate drafts of the Eagles. picks, notable Phillies items and other childhood memorabilia.
Zabel, an Oklahoma linebacker, was the Birds’ first pick in the 1970 draft. He had an immediate impact on the team and became a two-way performer when he spent time on tight end during the 1970-71 seasons, catching 10 assists in the process. Zabel had a 14 year career with the Eagles, Patriots and Colts.
A year later, the Eagles drafted Grambling defensive end Richard Harris in the first round, and he was expected to be a defensive force. Haris made the UPI All-Rookie Team, but his career never reached its full potential due to injuries. While the Eagles were in the midst of a major overhaul before Dick Vermeil arrived, Harris was traded to the Chicago Bears before the 1974 season.
Remember Penn State and Eagles wide receiver Kenny Jackson? He was the first pick in the 1984 draft and was named to the NFC Rookie team that year, and the Eagles thought they had a playmaker based on his days at Penn State. Five years later, Jackson had 127 career catches and was dealt to Houston. He returned for a brief two-stint stint with the Birds in 1990 and 91, but it was unproductive.
Safety Randy Logan was a third-round pick in 1973 and became a leader and a fan favorite. Logan was a key player on the Vermeil roster and racked up a streak of 159 games – the second longest behind Harold Carmichael – in his 11 seasons.
Do you remember Herb Lusk? The running back and Long Beach State’s 10th-round pick in the 1976 draft was a productive special teammate and backup. Lusk was credited with being the first NFL player to kneel and pray in the end zone. He is a Baptist pastor in Philadelphia.
Finally, there’s running back Michael Haddix. The 1983 first-round pick from Mississippi State was touted for his 4.5 speed as a guard. Haddix spent six seasons with the Eagles and two with the Packers. However, his claim to fame was being the only running back in the NFL with over 500 runs with the lowest average per run (3.0).
Pinstriped bonds? … According to a Philadelphia Inquirer article quoted by the Phillies Nation website, the late Frank Dolson said former owner Bill Giles and general manager Lee Thomas refused to accept an offer from Barry Bonds for Von Hayes before the start of the 1990 season.
At the time, Hayes was still considered a five-tool player when the Phillies traded five players for him in 1982. Hayes had just completed a base season of 26 home runs, 78 RBIs, 101 walks, 28 steals, and had become a fixture on the team due to his versatile skills. He was considered the team leader after Mike Schmidt abruptly retired on Memorial Day.
Ironically, this would be Hayes’ last productive season with the team, injuries helped slow his progress and he was traded to the California Angels before the start of the 1992 season. Bonds enjoyed the first of his seven MVP seasons in 1990.
Long-time no-no… With the Mets’ recent combined draw against the Phillies, it brought back memories of others I’ve watched. I was in The Vet press box for Terry Mulholland’s no-no in 1996, and I remember Tommy Greene spinning one in 1991.
Thinking back, I remembered seeing Bill Singer of the Dodgers go 5-0 no-hitter against the Phillies in Los Angeles in 1970. I remember watching the game at my grandmother’s house – she was a fan hardcore and his favorite player was Tony Taylor – on Channel 6. At the time, I really didn’t realize the full impact of that.
Woodie Fryman started the game for the Phillies, and he was relieved by Lowell Palmer. Do you remember Palmer? He wore dark sunglasses because his eyes were very sensitive to glare.
Who was Greene’s receiver in his no-hitter? Think back to Darrin Fletcher.
A Different No-No… Speaking of another “No-No,” ex-Beatle Ringo Starr recorded the song “No-No” in 1974, and it peaked at number three on the Billboard chart. Starr was also best known for the song “Octopus’s Garden” along with “It Don’t Come Easy” and “You’re Sixteen”.
On this day … The Sixers were eliminated in a playoff series that could easily have slipped from memory.
On May 2, 1979, the Sixers fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 111-108, in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals. Julius Erving led the Sixers last game with 34 points and Caldwell Jones had 14 rebounds.
George “The Iceman” Gervin paced the Spurs with 33 points and 21 rebounds, and Larry Kenon had 27. “The Iceman” and Erving had classic scoring and dunk battles in the 1979-80 season. Gervin averaged 29.6 points per game during the 1978-79 season.
What was the number one song in 1979? For the month of May, Peaches and Herb’s “Reunited” topped the charts.
That Swirled Pole…I recently got my hair cut at an old fashioned barber shop in my new hometown, something I thought I would never see again. Has anyone else had the same experience?
Growing up, I remember going to the neighborhood barber, who had his shop in the basement of his house. There was this red and white swirling pole outside in his yard. I always climbed straight up to get a closer look, but I knew what was coming. My mom was walking me down her driveway.
Mr. Mike had big glasses and a big smile, and he always did his best to make me feel comfortable. I remember being terrified climbing up into his chair and then always worrying about being cut. There was still the big brush filled with talcum powder at the end, which was itchy.
This time it wasn’t so bad.
Do you remember? … Each week I will mention a player probably forgotten from yesterday. Remember Phillies manager Nick Leyva? He was a former Cardinals coach hired by general manager Lee Thomas, who had ties to the Cardinals.
Leyva compiled a 144-180 record through the 1988-90 seasons, and he was 4-9 going into April 1991 before being replaced by Jim Fregosi.
A final thought… Has anyone ever had Sea Monkeys? I always remember seeing the ad on the back of the comics, but I never knew what it was or tried them. They were actually brine shrimp, but the ads portrayed them as tiny monkeys that would dance around your aquarium or fish tank.