Thursday, January 8, 2015

no. 366 - ron stone

Who is the man: Ron Stone enjoyed what would be the most successful season of his five-year major league career in 1970. He appeared in 123 games, supplying 84 hits and batting .262.

Can ya dig it: There's that lazy back swing we all know and love from 1970s cards.

Right on: Stone appeared on three different multi-player rookie cards before getting his first solo card in the 1970 set. That's usually the kiss of death for a prospect.

You see that cat Stone is a bad mother: Stone racked up more than 500 hits in the Orioles' minor league system over six seasons.

Shut your mouth: Stone was an unfortunate player in the final game at Connie Mack Stadium on Oct. 1, 1970. For the last game, the Phillies distributed seat slats to fans in hopes of keeping them from taking pieces of the stadium with them. But fans used the slats as clubs and hurled them onto the field. A bunch of fans charged onto the field during the ninth inning and one fan grabbed Stone as he was nearing a fly ball. Stone missed the ball and the Expos scored the tying run (the Phillies wound up winning the game in the 10th, but fans charged onto the field at game's end to take souvenirs and farewell ceremonies were called off).

No one understands him but his woman: Successful country singer/songwriter Jon Stone is the son of Ron Stone and his first wife, Arlene. Jon Stone has written No. 1 country songs for artists like Rascal Flatts.

(A word about the back):  The 27-inning game that is mentioned was won 2-1 by Elmira at Dunn Field in Elmira. It took six hours and 24 minutes to play.


  1. What an ugly incident. I wonder how it compared to Disco Demolition Night.

  2. During a broadcast years later, Phillies' announcer Richie Ashburn recalled that final game at Connie Mack Stadium, and the sounds of (as he said) the "adhoc demolition" going on in the stands for most of the evening.