Philadelphia Phillies Favorites: Single Game Performances
During the Phillies 126 year existence, they have had:
a. Nine pitchers throw a no-hitter
b. One pitcher pitch a perfect game
c. Eight batters hit for the cycle
d. Three batters hit four home runs in one game
All of these players were great. Some were all-stars. Some of them are Hall of Famers.
And some are on the list of the Phillies greatest single game performances.
10. 1964 All-Star Game
Final Score: W 7-4 at Shea Stadium
Date: July 7. 1964
Line: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, R
Okay, I know this isn't a Phillies game, but it involves the Phillies.
The 1964 All-Star game was one of the greatest in baseball history. It featured many great players, including Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Sandy Koufax.
The Phillies had three players in the game. They were Jim Bunning, Chris Short, and Johnny Callison. All of them played in the game, but Callison had the most important role.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the score 4-4, Callison hit a three-run, walk-off home run off Dick Radatz. It was the last walk-off home run to be hit in an All-Star game.
Callison won the All-Star game MVP Award, the only Phillie to do so.
9. Art Mahaffey Throws a Shutout
Final Score: W 6-0 vs. the Chicago Cubs
Date: Apr. 23, 1961
Line: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 17 K
This is somewhat random, but I wanted to include it because it involves a Phillies record.
Art Mahaffey was a young pitcher in his second major league season when this game occurred. He pitched a four-hit shutout against the Cubs.
In the first four innings, he struck out nine batters, including five of the first six. He struck out the side in the second and sixth innings and didn't go an inning without a strikeout.
He holds the Phillies record for most strikeouts in a single game.
8. Billy Hamilton Swipes Seven
Final Score: N/A vs. the Providence Grays
Date: Aug. 31, 1894
Billy Hamilton, who is third on the all-time stolen bases list, set the major league record of stolen bases in a single game against the Providence Grays, an early baseball franchise.
Hamilton is arguably the fastest player to ever wear a Phillies uniform. He holds the franchise record for most stolen bases in a career and single season.
He also holds the major league record for most runs scored in a single season, which is also the Phillies' franchise record.
7. Charlie Ferguson's No-Hitter
Final Score: W 1-0 vs. Providence Grays
Date: Aug. 29, 1885
Line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER (BB and K are N/A)
Charlie Ferguson threw the first no-hitter in Phillies history against the Providence Grays.
Ferguson was the first great Phillies player. When he didn't pitch, he played outfield. He was a great hitter as well as a pitcher.
He started his career in 1884 with the Phils and never won less that 21 games for them. He won 99 games for the Phillies before he died in 1888 of typhoid fever.
He was the first pitcher to win two games in one day.
6. Chuck Klein Clubs Four Home Runs
Final Score: W 9-6 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: July 10, 1936
Line: 4-5, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R
Chck Klein, who was the star player for the Phillies during the 1930s, became the second Phillies player to hit four home runs in a game after he hit his fourth in extra innings against the Pirates.
He knocked in six of the Phillies nine runs to lead them to victory.
He also hit for the cycle two times as a Phillie.
5. Mike Schmidt Slugs Four Homers
Final Score: W 18-16 vs. Chicago Cubs
Date: Apr. 17, 1976
Line: 5-6, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R
The wind was blowing out to the stands in this slugfest. Mike Schmidt used it to his advantage and became the third Phillie to hit four home runs in a game.
His fourth home run came in extra innings of a high-scoring game at Wrigley Field. His eight RBI are the franchise record for most in a game.
4. Ed Delahanty Hits Four Home Runs
Final Score: L 9-8 vs. Chicago Cubs
Date: July 13, 1896
Line: 5-5, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R
Ed Delahanty was one baseball's premier power hitters. He was a great hitter who batted over .400 three times in his career.
Delahanty hit four home runs in a loss to the Cubs. He became the second player to hit four home runs in a game.
All of his home runs were inside-the-park home runs.
3. Terry Mulholland No-Hitter
Final Score: W 6-0 vs. San Francisco Giants
Date: Aug. 15, 1990
Line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 8 K
Terry Mulholland was perfect in this game...but third baseman Charlie Hayes wasn't. In the seventh inning, Hayes made a throwing error. The runner was quickly erased on a double play and the game continued.
It was a great game pitched and is the second greatest pitching performance ever by a Phillies player.
2. A Perfect Father's Day
Final Score: W 6-0 vs. New York Mets
Date: June 21, 1964
Pitching- 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
Batting- 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
On Father's Day 1964, Jim Bunning did what only a handful of pitchers have ever done- pitch a perfect game.
He faced 27 batters and none of them reached base. He struck out ten batters, including Jim Hickman three times.
It was the first National League no-hitter in 84 years, and the second of Bunning's career. His first came with the Tigers in 1958.
It was also the seventh perfect game in baseball history.
1. Rick Wise No-Hitter
Final Score: W 4-0 vs. Cincinnati Reds
Date: June 23, 1971
Pitching- 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Batting- 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
This game is one of the greatest single game performances in the history of baseball. Some consider it THE greatest single game performance.
Not only did Rick Wise no-hit the Big Red Machine, he also hit two home runs.
He surrendered only one walk and struck out three batters.
One thing is certain about this game:
It is THE greatest single game performance by a Phillie.