the phillies have worn memorial patches for most of the past seven years. back in 2007, they wore a patch for former player, coach, interim manager, and front office executive john vukovich who passed away from an inoperable brain tumor. you can see the 'vuk' patch on jimmy rollins' right sleeve on his 2009 upper deck icons card
vukovich immediately went into coaching - first with the cubs and then with the phillies. his run as a phillies coach extended from 1988 through 2004 (then the longest tenure in club history) before he moved to the front office. he had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 2001 which was removed. in 2006, he experienced a recurrence and eventually passed away in march of 2007 at the age of 69.