Pensacola’s Saucier Part of the Philadelphia Phillies World Series Reunion

Johnny Joe Lewis, shown in a 2013 photo with fellow Pensacola native and MLB players Dennis Llewellyn (center) and Kevin Sausier, during a ceremony before the 2013 Blue Wahoos game.

The biggest moment in Pensacola native Kevin Sausier’s baseball career was the delayed celebration.

The horses had to pass.

Yes, it actually happened.

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

There was a stampede.

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

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