Phillies Magazine Flashback: 1992

1992 magazine002.jpgEarlier this month, I showed you highlights from a 1982 Phillies Magazine.   Flash forward ten years later and here are bits from a 1992 Phillies Magazine for you.  Curt Schilling is on the cover and the price of the publication (seen on the bottom, left hand side) is only $2.00.  In 1982, the same publication sold for $1.00.  Today, the magazine / program sells for $4.99.


Inside the magazine are pages very similar to the 2009 editions; team rosters, a score sheet and several informative articles about the team and happenings around Major League Baseball.  One page of interest in the 1992 edition is the player fact section, which includes the current Phillies General Manager, Ruben Amaro Jr.  Here he is, then and now:

Amaro then and now.jpgAnd here is the 1992 roster from inside the magazine; a very solid team that won the NL Pennant the following year:

1992 roster003.jpgAnd my favorite part of the old publications is being able to compare ticket prices over the years.  
ticket prices 3 decades.jpg
The chart to the left shows prices from 1982, 1992 and this coming year, 2010.  The highest priced regular (non-premium seating) ticket in each year were as follows; 1982 – $7.00, 1992 – $12.00, 2010 – $60.00.  Ouch! 

I was in college in 1992 and remember always buying the cheapest ticket they had; then I was able to sit pretty much wherever I wanted.  The Vet was huge and always had plenty of open seats.  I miss those days.  Now to attend a game, I need to break the bank unless I want to sit all the way up top, where players look more like ants that people.  And that still costs $20.00.  However, vertigo from sitting in the super high, steeply sloped seats is totally free. ;o)

By the way, I will be attending a special event this Sunday in New York City; the financial company Bloomberg has put together software in conjunction with to provide new ways to track baseball statistics.  MLBloggers were invited to preview the software and give our feedback.  If any other MLBloggers will be attending, please let me know.  I would love to meet you!

I will also “attempt” to do a live blog from the event, but I am unsure as to the conditions and internet connection.  They said wireless will be provided, but my laptop is old and may or may not cooperate.  The event will be between 12pm and 5pm on Sunday, so feel free to stop by my home page and see if I managed to pull this off ;o)  Either way, I will be back with details.  Wish me luck!

Amaro photo by Jenn


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  1. raysrenegade

    Great trip back into the past. Curt Shilling, Wow! Sometimes you forget he got his break up with the Phillies.
    Also it was amazing to see the jump in seat prices from the 1992 year to the present.
    But then again, I can only refernece from 1998 to today to my seats constant rise every year.
    But still, $20 seems to be about the average for a seat high, wide and not very handsome anymore in a major market.
    Even my Spring Training ticket rep told me the berm at BrightHouse Field down in Clearwater is now about $ 12, not huge….but it is rising slowly too.
    Great blast from the past…….

    Rays Renegade

  2. phillies_phollowers

    Jeff – Not only did he play for them, he grew up in Philly, he was the team’s bat boy as a kid and his father, Ruben Amaro Sr. played for the Phillies in the 60’s for 6 years. It is quite a history.

  3. rrrt

    Jenn, I may have to borrow this idea, and scan in some stuff I have from waaay back (1973). Wait till you see how cheap the tickets were!
    I still remember when Amaro first came to the Phillies, and one of the TV stations (I think it was channel 6) had a piece on the news announcing it, with a little song to the tune of “Tomorrow” from Annie – “Amaro, Amaro, we love you, Amaro”, etc, etc. Was pretty cringe-worthy.
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

  4. crzblue2

    Love the blast from the past! Keep them coming! The Dodger magazine is also $5. This year, they added the price of subscription to our season ticket bill.
    Have fun at the Boomerang! Will check how is going tomorrow.

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