Many teams have graced Philadelphia. Philadelphia is one of the greatest baseball towns, even though it is widely regarded as a football town.
Many have passed through Philadelphia, but who was the best? Schmidt? Foxx? Carlton? Grove? Simmons? Carlton? Ashburn? We all have are favorites, but who was the best statistically? We're going to find out.
Jim Bunning was a man of accomplishments during his baseball career. After being traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Phillies in 1964, he pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets on Father’s Day. It was the second no-hitter of his career, and he is one of four pitchers to pitch a no-hitter in each league.
During his time with the Tigers, Bunning also accomplished another feat. He struck out three batters on nine consecutive pitches (It’s also called the nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-inning).
Bunning finished his career with 224 wins, an ERA of 3.27, 2,855 strikeouts, and is currently a Kentucky senator.
Pete Alexander was one of the most dominant pitchers to ever play baseball. He is tied for third on the all-time wins list. He won 30 or more games three years in a row and had an ERA under 2.00 six years in a row.
Alexander won three pitching Triple Crowns during his career including two with the Phillies. He was sold to the Chicago Cubs after he was drafted to fight in World War I.
His career stats include 373 wins, a 2.56 ERA, and 2,198 strikeouts.
Robin Roberts was the workhorse of the Phillies and threw 305 complete games despite pitching during the 50s and 60s. He once pitched 28 consecutive complete games during a time when pitchers began pitching fewer innings.
Roberts was a member of the 1950 Whiz Kids. He helped clinch the pennant on the last day of the season along with Dick Sisler and Richie Ashburn.
Roberts’ career statistics are as follows: 286 wins, a 3.41 ERA, and 2,357 strikeouts
Lefty Grove is widely regarded as the A’s greatest pitcher. His greatest time was spent with the A’s. He won 20 or more games seven years straight, including a career-high 31 in 1931. The six-time all-star won the first American League MVP Award in 1931.
He won exactly 300 games during his career with a 3.06 ERA, and 2,266 strikeouts.
Ed Delahanty was the Phillies' first star outfielder. He was a complete player. He could steal a bag, hit a homer, catch any ball, and throw anyone out. He is ranked fifth on the all-time batting average list, and is among the franchise leaders in almost every hitting category.
If it weren’t for Delahanty’s death in 1903 (he went over Niagara Falls), he may have played longer. He hit over .400 three times in his career, but led the league only once.
He batted .346 with 2,596 hits, 101 home runs, 1,464 RBIs, and 455 stolen bases.
Al Simmons was the star outfielder for the A’s during the 1930s. He had a career-high 253 hits in 1925 and hit .387 that year. He batted over .380 four times during his career.
Simmons played 11 seasons with an average above .300 and more than 100 RBIs. He was always a favorite of Connie Mack. He was ranked 43rd on the Sporting News 100 Greatest Baseball Players list.
Simmons batted .334 with 2,927 hits, 307 homers, 1,827 RBIs, and 88 stolen bases.
The greatest pitcher in Philadelphia history, Steve Carlton was tops. He is fourth on the all-time strikeouts list and is the second most-winningest lefty in baseball. After a risky trade in 1972, the Phillies were on the road to victory. Carlton won a career-high 27 games in 1972 even though the entire Phillies team won only 59.
During the 1982 through 1984 seasons, Carlton and Nolan Ryan got into an interesting pitching duel for the all-time leader spot. Not many pitchers can say that. He was also the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards.
His career stats include 329 wins, a 3.22 ERA, and 4,136 strikeouts.
Richie Ashburn is regarded as the greatest outfielder in Philadelphia history. He collected more hits than any other player during the 1950s, which was a great accomplishment considering the great players who played during that time. He was a singles hitter, and a darn good one.
He had the pennant-saving throw in 1950 on the last game of the season. He was also very fast. He got the nickname “Put-Put” because of his speed.
He batted .308 with 2,574 hits, 29 home runs, 586 RBIs, and 234 stolen bases during his career.
Called the right-handed Ruth for good reason, Jimmie Foxx was a great power hitter. He won three MVP Awards including two back-to-back in 1932 and 1933. He had his best season in 1932 when he hit the Philadelphia record for most homers in a single-season (It has been since tied).
Foxx has over 100 RBIs 13 years in a row, including more than 160 three times. He hit over .300 13 times (not consecutive). He is the greatest first baseman in Philly history.
“Double X” batted .325 with 2,646 hits, 534 homers, 1,922 RBIs, and 87 stolen bases during his career.
Mike Schmidt was the greatest Philadelphia ballplayer and the greatest third baseman ever. He won three MVP awards and made the all-star team 12 times. He even made it the year he retired!
The Phillies stuck with Schmidt even after an embarrassing rookie season. He bounced back the next year and became one of the greatest players ever.
Schmidters batted .267 with 2,234 hits, 548 home runs, 1,595 RBIs, and 174 stolen bases during his career.