About Cole Hamels Facts:

The idea for Cole Hamels Facts came about on the afternoon of Thursday, April 27th, 2006. Cole Hamels had just made his AAA debut for the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (formerly an affiliate of the Phillies). His legendary line: 7 innings pitched, 3 hits, no runs, FOURTEEN strikeouts (club record), no walks. It was clear that the much-ballyhooed (I've always wanted to type that) prospect was for real.

Meanwhile, at a popular Phillies forum, the regular cast of characters was watching the game closely. The poster known as "1" started a thread titled "The OFFICIAL Cole Hamels is here to save the franchise THREAD". The possibility that the thread might be a black cat was brought up by the poster "Bakestar", so the thread name was changed to something else that I cannot remember.

Courtesy Shai Reichert
Many responses were posted to the original "Fact" given by "jeff, esq." Contributing authors such as "Woody", "DS", "jemagee", "seke2", "phatj", "JayBallz" (as well as many others that will PM me as soon as they read this), continued the thread. By the fourth page of the thread (Friday), "1" had proposed a web site (much like his previous success story ChrisWheelerGlossary.com) to compile and showcase the best Cole Hamels Facts. By the next day (Saturday), "1" had purchased the domain. By Sunday, the site was born.
Heidi and Royce Hamels: showing their support of CHF
Kevin (of CHF) & Cole Hamels
Cole didn't last long in AAA. He was called up to the Phillies after only three starts. By the middle of May, Cole made his first Major League start and colehamelsfacts.com was averaging 5,000 views a day.  It quickly became the top result in Google when searching for information about Cole.
Kevin (of CHF) on Good Day Philadelphia

By the time Cole was scheduled to make his third Major League start, colehamelsfacts.com was mentioned in the New York Times. Since then, it has been featured on phillies / mlb.com, mlbplayers.com, cnnsi.com, comcastsportsnet.com, wikipedia.org, yahoosports.com, 610 WIP (Philadelphia), the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Scranton Times-Tribune, The TriCounty Record, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and too many blogs and email forwards to mention.  A few Facts were used by John Anderson on the May 17th, 2007 edition of ESPN's SportsCenter.  Recently, the creator of CHF was featured on FOX's Good Day Philadelphia. Even Cole himself has experienced the site saying, "I think it's great; It brings a lot of joy and laughter to many people!"

 

 

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special thanks to Cole and Heidi Hamels, Todd Zolecki, Leigh Anne Keys, Brian Peoples, Duane Peck, and Don Garvey