Phillies alum surprised by family with trip back to Philadelphia
After homering off Sandy Koufax and Johnny Podres in 1958, an injury ended Dale Heidel’s baseball career. He returned to the ballpark, wearing his original jersey, last Sunday. — If you ask Dale Heidel about his time as a pro baseball player, he’ll tell you it was no big deal. “I was a split-squad minor leaguer,” Heidel said. “I don’t want any publicity.” But if you had asked Sandy Koufax in 1958, he might have said otherwise.