What's it take to be famous in this game?
That almost seems like a rhetorical question when you first hear it; but the more you think about it, the more difficult the response becomes.
Well, we can narrow it down through process of elimination. You obviously have to be pretty good to be famous. The utility infielder on a specific club or the lowest guy on the depth chart in the bullpen isn't going to be the first player that comes to mind 20 years from now.
No. We like to remember the All-Stars and the Cy Young and MVP winners. Those guys are the most memorable—the most famous—because they were too good not to be popular.
But when you live in the city of Philadelphia, you don't always grow up listening to stories about the obvious guys. You listen to stories about players who played the game "the right way." You grow up listening to stories of the slick fielding Larry Bowa, the approach of Johhny Callison, the mammoth home run power of Dick Allen and the unforgettable hustle of Pete Rose.
So, maybe I should rephrase the question: What does it take to be famous in the city of Philadelphia? When you play sports, anyone who succeeds and plays the game hard has a great chance.
But before we get into the rankings of the most "famous" players in Phillies' history, keep this in mind: We're not looking for the best. We're looking for the most famous.