Jeltz beat out Luis Aguayo for the Phillies' starting shortstop job in 1986 but hit
only .219. The Phillies signed Dickie Thon for 1989, and Jeltz and Thon shared the
job. Jeltz hit three homers in a 17-game span after hitting one in six previous seasons
and became the first Phillie ever to homer from both sides of the plate in one game.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 8, 1989: The Pirates send 16 batters to the plate in the 1st and taking a 10–0 lead (Pittsburgh's best inning since September, 1942) on eight hits, two for extra bases (Rey Quinones' double and Barry Bonds' 3-run homer) The Bucs leave the bases loaded. Announcer Jim Rooker crows that if the Pirates lose this game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. Von Hayes answers Rooker with a 2-run homer in the 1st, another in the 3rd, Steve Jeltz goes deep in the 4th and 6th innings, one from each side of the plate, and score after six is 11–10. The Phils explode for five in the 8th to make the final, 15–11. Rooker did not make good on his promise until after the season, when he will conduct a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.