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Von Hayes
Born: August 31, 1958 (1958-08-31) (age 51)
Stockton, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 14, 1981 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
August 19, 1992 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Batting average     .267
Home runs     143
Runs batted in     696
Career highlights and awards

Von Francis Hayes (born August 31, 1958 in Stockton, California), was a Major League Baseball player from 1981 to 1992 for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, and California Angels. Hayes was originally acquired by the Phillies in a then-controversial and infamous "five-for-one" trade with the Indians in exchange for Manny Trillo, George Vukovich, Jay Baller, Jerry Willard, and Julio Franco.


Playing career

Hayes enjoyed his most successful campaigns as a Philadelphia Phillie in the late 80's. Hayes finished 8th in MVP voting in 1986, when he led the National League in runs, doubles and extra base hits. He achieved an on-base average over .400 in 1987. In 1989, Hayes made his only appearance on the All Star team, and had career high totals in OPS+ (140) and batting runs (32.4)[1].

There were many rumors during the 1989 season that the New York Mets were interested in acquiring Hayes in a trade for Lenny Dykstra, but the Mets instead traded Dykstra for Juan Samuel, a move that disappointed Mets fans as Samuel failed to continue his hitting form.

On June 11, 1985, Von Hayes became the first player in MLB history to hit two home runs in the first inning of a baseball game. After leading off the game with a home run off Tom Gorman, Von Hayes hit a grand slam later that inning off Calvin Schiraldi.[2] The Phillies won the game 26-7 over the Mets: at that time the most single game runs scored by a Major League team in over 40 years.

Hayes also hit two two-run home runs in a June 8, 1989 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Veterans Stadium. It was in this game that, after the Pirates scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning, Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker said on the air, "If we lose this game, I'll walk home." Hayes' two home runs triggered a comeback, the Phillies winning the game 15-11. (After the season, Rooker conducted a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.)

Playing against the Cincinnati Reds on June 14, 1991, Hayes was hit by a pitch by Tom Browning[3] which broke his arm. Hayes returned to action on September 6, 1991 against Houston. Hayes was traded to the California Angels in the off-season but Hayes would later cite Browning's pitch as ending his career, "I broke my arm when I was hit by a pitch from Tom Browning... and I was finished. I tried to make a comeback (with California) in 1992, but it was no good."[4]

He also was the inspiration for one of ESPN announcer Chris Berman's most famous "Bermanisms": Von "Purple" Hayes, a nod to the Jimi Hendrix song "Purple Haze".

Managerial career

In November 2007, Hayes was named manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Hayes debuted with the South Central Pennsylvania-based franchise in the 2008 season. Hayes has also managed Minor League teams in South Bend, Modesto, and Midland, and was California League Manager of the Year in 2004 and Texas League Manager of the Year in 2005.

On Oct. 26, 2009, the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced they hired Hayes as their new manager.[5]

He remains an infamous Philadelphia figure, still generating discussion on Phillies fan message boards, and even inspiring an area lo-fi indie rock band called, naturally, Von Hayes.[6] A shot was named in his honor consisting of goldschläger, blue curacao, and Sprite. The television series Chuck often makes references to 1980's film characters and other personalities, and the 2008 episode "Chuck Versus the Break-Up" featured Steve Valentine as a playboy software developer named Von Hayes. Hayes was referenced in the TV sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia by Mac when speaking to the toy store associate during in the Christmas special.

See also


  1. ^ [1], stats
  2. ^ Box Score, Philadelphia vs. New York, June 11, 1985
  3. ^ "June 14, 1991 Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play".  
  4. ^ Schneider, Russell (2002). Tales From the Tribe Dugout. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 82. ISBN 1-58261-303-6.  
  5. ^ [2], Riversharks' press release: Riversharks Hire Von Hayes as New Team Manager
  6. ^ [3], ESPN Page 2 - Pearlman: When baseball and music collide

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Preceded by
Kevin McReynolds
National League Player of the Month
April, 1989
Succeeded by
Will Clark


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