Pensacola’s Saucier part of Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series reunion

Johnny Joe Lewis, far right, shown in 2013 photo with fellow Pensacola natives and MLB players Dennis Lewallyn (center) and Kevin Saucier, during a ceremony before a 2013 Blue Wahoos game.

The greatest moment of Pensacola native Kevin Saucier’s baseball career had a delayed celebration.

Horses needed to pass.

Yes, this actually happened.

Saucier was in the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen, loosening up in case he was needed, when fellow Phillies reliever Tug McGraw recorded the final out in Game 6 of the 1980 World Series at the team’s former Veterans Stadium. McGraw had just delivered the first World Series title in the Phillies history.

Pandemonium ensued.

“So, knowing how crazy these Phillies’ fans were going to be, you had all these horses with police and I saw them all coming,” said Saucier said, a 1974 Escambia High graduate, laughing at this memory. us in the bullpen, we had to wait for the police horses to go on the field before we could get out.”

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