John Vukovich, 59, coached 17 consecutive years before moving into an advisory position after the 2004 season. He is suffering from the effects of a brain tumor.
The report has been confirmed by several sources, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier Post and Vukovich’s hometown Sacramento Bee. “Vuk,” as he was known to Phillies nation and around baseball, received word several months ago that his cancer had returned. The local media was aware of the situation for some time, but honored the family's request not to release the information.
Vukovich, a former infielder, was a first-round pick of the Phillies in the 1966 draft and played parts of seven seasons with the club between 1970 and 1981. He was part of two World Series championship clubs, the 1975 Reds and 1980 Phillies.
Beerleaguer: This is a sad blow to the Phillies community, and our thoughts and prayers extend to Vuk's family tonight. On a side note, it's truly commendable that in this age of information, those closest to the situation, specifically members of the press, honored his family's right to privacy during these last few months. Speaking on behalf of someone who lives and breathes baseball, often around the clock, and on behalf of readers who might say the same, today was the first we heard of this - and we are grateful.