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Curt Schilling inducted to team's wall of fame; Brad Lidge to retire as Phillie

Curt Schilling, sixth among all Phillies pitchers in wins and fourth in strikeouts, will be inducted to the team's wall of fame Aug. 2, the Phillies announced Wednesday. In addition to the weekend's alumni ceremonies, Brad Lidge will retire as a Phillie.

Curt Schilling inducted to team's wall of fame; Brad Lidge to retire as Phillie

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Former Phillies closer Brad Lidge drops to his knees after the team won the 2008 World Series. (AP file photo)
Former Phillies closer Brad Lidge drops to his knees after the team won the 2008 World Series. (AP file photo)

MIAMI — Curt Schilling, sixth among all Phillies pitchers in wins and fourth in strikeouts, will be inducted to the team's wall of fame Aug. 2, the Phillies announced Wednesday.

In addition to the weekend's alumni ceremonies, Brad Lidge will retire as a Phillie. He will throw the ceremonial first pitch Aug. 1 against San Francisco. On Aug. 4, the Phillies will honor the 1993 National League champion team with a pregame event.

Long viewed as a controversial figure because of his unceremonious exit from the city, Schilling spent nine of his 20 seasons in Philadelphia. He is one of the franchise's greatest righthanded pitchers. He was the first one to 300 strikeouts and won the MVP of the 1993 National League Championship Series.

Schilling, 46, works for ESPN as a commentator. The state of Rhode Island is suing Schilling's video game company, 38 Studios, for going bankrupt after accepting a $75 million loan.

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He started 226 games for the Phillies with a 3.35 ERA. He was traded to Arizona at the 2000 deadline for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee and Vicente Padilla.

Lidge will be the fourth recent player to retire as a Phillie. The others were Doug Glanville (2005), Mike Lieberthal (2008) and Pat Burrell (2012). His strikeout of Eric Hinske to clinch the 2008 World Series will forever stand as one of the city's most memorable sports images.

The 36-year-old pitcher retired from baseball last winter. He spent four seasons with the Phillies and saved 100 games.


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