To protect his jaw, Manuel wore a helmet equipped with a football facemask.
The next day, with the Phillies' 7—1 victory, Manuel moved into a franchise-record tie with with 645 regular-season victories.
In , the Phillies finished just short of the playoffs once again, this time three games back of the wild card.
Because of the Phillies' five-game win, he was unable to attend his mother's funeral.
He finished the 1979 season with 37 home runs to win the home run title.
He was born in an automobile while his mother, June, was visiting her mother.