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:
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.”
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…