Before Derek Jeter donned a RailRiders vested uniform in 2013 and before numerous all-star players passed through Moosic on rehab assignments for either the Phillies or Yankees, there was a monumental occasion in 1994.
The first time big names stepped on the field came on July 21, 1994, when a trio of Phillies – known as being on Macho Row on Philadelphia’s 1993 National League Championship team – Lenny Dykstra, Curt Schilling and Dave Hollins all played in the same game.
The eighth-largest crowd in the history of PNC Field – 11,714 – packed the stadium to catch an up-close glimpse of three of the members who were fan favorites on the Phillies the year before.
The Red Barons won the game, 2-1, and Schilling took a no-decision, allowing one run in six innings but also walked five. Schilling gave the crowd and organization a scare in the first inning when he said at the time that “he felt a pop,” but the right-hander continued.
Dykstra (0 for 2) and Hollins (0 for 3) weren’t big pieces of the win that night, but Hollins was in the process of switching his position from third base to right field so he played alongside Dykstra in the outfield for just the second time that night; the first came the night before.
Hollins played six games for the Red Barons that year, tallying a .211 average with one homer and three RBI. Dykstra saw action in three games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 2 for 7 with a double and triple.
Earlier in the 1994 season, a pair of other important pieces from the 1993 Phillies team, John Kruk and Kevin Stocker, played in a game together for the Barons. Pitchers Larry Andersen, Tommy Greene and Ben Rivera also appeared for SWB during the 1994 season.
Of course, the 1994 season in the Majors ended with a strike in mid-August, and the cancellation of the World Series. During the strike, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball team made trips around the minors. One of the stops they made was to Moosic on Aug. 28. That game pitted a pair of short rain delays and Pawtucket winning, 8-2, to clinch the division title.