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About the Author

RICH WESTCOTT  has served on the staffs of various newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area during more than 40 years as a writer and editor.

Westcott is the author of 24 books, including one that came out in 2013 called Philadelphia's Top 50 Baseball Players. Another book on great and unmatched  pitching performaces is due out in the Spring of 2014.  
In recent years, other books authored by Westcott include ShibePark/Connie Mack Stadium, the third edition of Tales from the Phillies Dugout, The Mogul - Eddie Gottlieb, A Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Pioneer, and The Fightiní Phils - Oddities, Insights, and Untold Stories.

Among his other books are The Phillies Encyclopedia, a local best-seller now in its third edition; The Philadelphia Phillies--Past and Present; Back Again--The Story of the 2009 Phillies; Phillies '93-- An Incredible Season; Philadelphiaís Old Ballparks; A Century of Philadelphia Sports; and Veterans Stadium - Field of Memories. Westcott also wrote the widely acclaimed book on the local baseball legend entitled Mickey Vernom -The Gentleman First Baseman. He has  authored three books that are collections of interviews and profiles of some 120 former major league baseball players. Other books include Great Home Runs of the 20th Century, Winningest Pitchers - Baseball's 300-Game Winners, and No-Hitters - The 225 Games Between 1893 and 1999.

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PSWA president Rich Westcott presents Roy Halladay with his 2009 Cy Young Award.

Rich Westcott, past President of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association presents Jimmy Rollins with his Special Achievement Award at the 2013 Annual Banquet Photo by Julia Wilkenson/PSWA

American League Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics is presented with the Native Son Award by Rich at the PSWA 2010 Banquet.

Westcott signed his books at the Mickey Vernon Museum at the Granite Run Mall. Dedications in some of his books were made to his Grand Daughters.

articlethumbs-ALLENDick Allen deserved better than Hall snub

Fifty years ago, Dick Allen began his first full season with the Phillies, launching a career that would soon establish him as one of the premier hitters of his era.

I was there for that first game in 1964, covering the Phillies opener for the Daily Times. While he laced two hits, drove in one run and scored another in helping the Phillies capture a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets, it was not hard to see the potential stardom that this 22-year-old rookie possessed.

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articlethumbs-PETRIEPetrie’s induction in Philadelphia Sports Hall well earned

Petrie was an outstanding pitcher in baseball, a terrific quarterback in football, and at the time was regarded as one of the top high school basketball players in the nation. He could score, rebound, and pass with uncanny ability. At 6-5, 195-pounds, Petrie was visited at home by many of the nation’s leading coaches. Offered scholarships by more than 40 colleges, he decided to concentrate on basketball and enroll at Princeton University.

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