Tony Phillips best known as a utility player for the World Series Champions Oakland A’s in 1989 against the San Fransisco Giants passed away of a heart attack. His former teammate and current Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart conveyed the news. He noted the sad fact that Phillips was preceded in death recently by two other prominent members of the A’s 1989 championship club — Bob Welch and Dave Henderson.
Phillips was taken in the first round of the 1978 draft, cracked the majors in 1982 with the Athletics, and didn’t play his last MLB game until 1999 — at forty years of age. It took a broken leg in his final season to stop him, Slusser notes. Indeed, he put up a sturdy .244/.362/.433 batting line with 15 home runs and 11 steals in 484 plate appearances that year.
A few things I will always remember about him was that the St. Louis Cardinals had interest in him in 1996 and 1997.but as we all know that Cardinals were able to bring over Oakland A’s players Dennis Eckersley, Mark McGwire, Mike Gallego, Craig Paquette, Rick Honeycutt, Todd Stottlemeyer, and Scot Spiezio. He is also one of very few players that have been involved in the final plays of two world series. His first was when he struck out to end the World Series against Orel Hershiser in the 1988 World Series that the Dodgers won, the second game was when he field a carom off of McGwire’s glove and flipped it to Dennis Eckersley to get Brett Butler out at first base.