A Blast From The Past, 80’s Style

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While rooting through some old piles of baseball memorabilia, I came across an old Phillies program from 1982.  Although the cover, which is shown to the right, is in color, most of the magazine was black and white.  Note the price on the cover, which is only $1.00.  The All-Star second baseman on the cover is Manny Trillo, who played for the Phillies from 1979-1982.

Inside the magazine is the usual stuff; player profiles, coach’s information, rosters, short stories and tons and tons of advertising.  At least some things never change.  What has changed a great deal in 27 years are the ticket prices.  The most expensive regular seat in 1982 was $7.00.  The same seat today is $60.00.  Click on any photo to see an enlarged version:

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And here is one of the player profile pages featuring Pete Rose and Marty Bystrom.  I love how their facsimile signatures are added to the descriptions:

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You have to love the page with the “Lesson in Baseball Language.”  Perfect for the baseball novice who does not know what a spitball is or what will happen if a pitcher throws one.  According to this, not only is the spitball illegal, but you are told that “a great fuss will result” if one is thrown.  Good to know.  A home run is defined as “The bane of a pitcher’s existence.”  Read the others and you will see that humor was not dead in the 80’s, as is also evident in the book title shown below the definitions: “Philadelphia Phillies: The Team That Wouldn’t Die; World Champions 1980.”

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And my favorite part of the magazine was the retail section, showing the odd fashions from the 80’s.  The black and white print does not do the hideousness of these polo’s and tee shirts justice:

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So while we are older and wiser and have finally learned to dress ourselves appropriately, I suppose the retro-look still comes in handy for Halloween or scaring away annoying relatives. ;o)

I hope you all enjoyed a short trip back to baseball in the 80’s.  Now I will go see what else I can dig up…

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the My Team Rivals network*



  1. redstatebluestate

    Awesome! I love stuff like that. I remember being sad when the Phils ditched those maroon pinstripes and the baseball-embedded “P” on their caps. Why’d they do that? No one can give me a straight answer. But the most shocking thing IS the $7 ticket now being $60. When I was living in L.A. just a few years ago I could still get bleacher tix for $12 a piece… haven’t seen anything that cheap anywhere since and I doubt even the Dodgers offer that ticket anymore. It’s sad. Very sad. Going to the game is now an investment… so more often than not, I watch it on the tele… for free 🙂

  2. crzblue2

    I love the trip down memory lane! Baseball was very very good to the Dodgers in the 80’s. My season tickets in the loge (second level behind homeplate) was $7. Now is comparible to what you posted.
    And Jeff, Dodger tickets in the cheaper sections are still cheap.

  3. fightinphillies

    Love the ‘big 80’s hair’ on Bystrom! What a laugh… I actually met Pete Rose about 8 years ago in South Jersey, he was at the opening of the super Kmart in Somers Point NJ as the ‘special guest’- you could get an autographed photo of him and say hello. I was honored to meet him as still consider him one of the best ballplayers I’ve ever seen overall.

    Look at what the internet has done for baseball with those Phillies shirts and hats ads, before the internet you couldn’t just point and click to buy stuff, you had to improvise! How about buying tickets, I remember as a kid in Atlantic City, NJ the only place to buy tickets locally was at a barbershop called Angelo’s and he was an official ticket broker for the Phillies!

    I used to take my son when he was younger and a couple of his friends to the Phillies games in the summer in the early 90’s – I could afford about $100-$150 to take them out to the ballpark for a treat, I feel sorry for the people who would like to treat to some games now and can’t afford to, it would be a $500 day now!

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