PHILADEPHIA - Phillies statement on the passing of Billy DeMars December 10, 2020


“Sadly, the Phillies have lost three alumni over the past four days. This morning, we learned of the passing of Billy DeMars, the hitting coach for the 1980 World Champions who at 95 years of age was the oldest living former Phillie. Mr. DeMars worked for 13 years (1969-81) on the Phillies coaching staff, mentoring some of the greatest hitters in Phillies history, including Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. Following his retirement from full-time coaching, he frequently visited the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., to continue his tutelage of young Phillies hitters. Mr. DeMars’ passion for baseball – and, in particular, the art of hitting – was very evident to those who knew him. The Phillies organization sends its condolences to the entire DeMars family.”

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