The Reading Fightin Phils, double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, unveiled the brand new Penn State Children’s Hospital Baseballtown Hall of Fame on Friday, April 28 before their game against the Portland Sea Dogs.
The Hall of Fame is located behind the grandstand in the Tompkins VIST Bank Plaza along the first-base side of FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Baseballtown Hall of Fame comes to life in an extraordinary way courtesy of local Philadelphia artist Michael Pattison. Large individual murals of Baseballtown’s greatest players and figures are featured plus all of its inductees. Here is a list of the prominent figures that fans will see featured in a large way when they visit the Hall of Fame:
• Mike Schmidt – 1971 Reading Phillies
• Roger Maris – 1955 Reading Indians
• “Broadway” Charlie Wagner – Reading Native and Red Sox Pitcher and Scout
• Frank “Home Run” Baker – 1908 Reading Pretzels
• Robin Roberts -1967 Reading Phillies
• Rocky Colavito – 1953 Reading Indians
• Max Patkin – Clown Prince of Baseball
Two large flat-screen televisions’ hang in the middle of the mural and will feature video and photos of every inductee since the inaugural class of 1987. The names will constantly rotate and feature historical facts about the player, dignitary and team. In addition, the Baseballtown Hall of Fame also includes a full listing of every inductee, with a photo and a list of their accomplishments.
The Baseballtown Hall of Fame, which began in 1987, consists of 118 members and three teams. The Class of 2017, which includes Brett Myers, Michael Spidale and Rich DeLucia, will be inducted on Tuesday, August 15 in a special pre-game ceremony.