|Dennis Bennett - P, Phillies|
I was sad to hear that former Phillies pitcher, Dennis Bennett died this past weekend after a long illness. Phillies fans probably remember him best as a starter on the star-crossed 1964 team. With Jim Bunning, Art Mahaffey, Ray Culp and Chris Short, Bennett rounded out a strong rotation that lead to the Phils early season success that year. Unfortunately, he was one of several players to catch the injury bug and a sore arm derailed the second half of his season.
My dad raised me on stories of guys like Bunning, Allen, Callison and Taylor and of watching games at Connie Mack Stadium. Those stories sparked an interest in the team's of the 1960's, especially the 1964 squad. Over the years, Dennis Bennett has been a "solid contributor" to my collection - signing balls, pictures and cards. Many times I would include extra items for him to keep (Sports Digest with him on the cover, cards, etc) and I would always receive something extra and unexpected back from him (letters, signed pictures). I did not know him personally, but I sure got the impression he appreciated me writing. The fans and hobby enthusiasts lost a great guy last weekend - Thanks for everything, Mr. Bennett.
|'64 Bulletin Picture - D. Bennett|