Philadelphia Phillies: Ranking the Top 50 Hitters in Franchise History
From majestic home runs to seeing-eye singles, baseball's unique offensive attack has played a huge role in shaping the game into America's Pastime, and the Philadelphia Phillies have helped lead the offensive onslaught.
From authors of those majestic home runs, like Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard, to the little guys like Richie Ashburn running his hardest to leg out a single, the Phillies have been at the forefront of the league's offense since their inception in 1883, and though there have been some lulls along the way, some of baseball's all-time greats have donned the Philadelphia uniform.
They've set astonishing single season records and slugged their way into career history. The Phillies have relied on slug-fests and close scoring affairs, capturing two World Series titles, and with 128 years of history already in the books, it is time to separate the good from the great.
But First, Some Food for Thought
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Before we get into the actual list, I just wanted to make a few points clear about how the rankings were formed.
Every player in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise (including those years as the Philadelphia Quakers) is fair game for this list, but the only statistics that will be taken into account are those built up as a member of the Phillies. That is why you won't see, for example, two of the greatest hitters of all time—Jim Thome and Pete Rose—on this list.
Both of those two men have had fantastic careers and should be in the Hall of Fame (but that's an argument for a different time.)
After compiling the statistics of 60 of the greatest Phillies of all time, the list was cut down to 50, and thus, this slideshow was born. At the beginning of each slide I'll post each hitter's slash line (batting average / on-base percentage / slugging percentage, in that order) and their home run total. Beneath "the line" will be a brief description of why said player is on the list in that spot.
At the end, please be sure to leave a comment about why you agree or disagree with the list, who I may have missed and who shouldn't be there at all!
50. Lave Cross
The Line: .295 / .339 / .398, 21 home runs.
Lave Cross spent six seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and though he may have spent his best seasons as a member of the city's other team—the Philadelphia Athletics—he still made significant contributions to the history of this franchise.
A solid hitter in most parts of his game, he had better power to the gaps, producing more doubles than home runs, and managed to hit .387 in 1984, when he also collected more than 200 hits.
49. Clay Dalrymple
The Line: .234 / .319 / .334, 50 home runs.
Acquired in the 1959 version of the Rule 5 Draft, Clay Dalrymple would go on to spend an impressive nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. A member of the historic 1964 team that would collapse before the postseason, the pitching staff wasn't the only part of the team being overworked by manager Gene Mauch. Dalrymple caught 127 games that season.
After those nine solid seasons for the Phillies, he would eventually be traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Ron Stone.
48. Spud Davis
The Line: .321 / .374 / .449, 53 home runs.
Spud Davis played his first game as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1928 and spent eight seasons as a member of the team. Though his offense may not have been extraordinary, he was a great asset to those Phillies teams because he was a catcher—a position that historically has not been a go-to position for offensive output.
He hit better than .300 in six of his eight seasons with the Phils, and though they would trade him after his first six years in Philadelphia, he'd eventually reacquired from the Cincinnati Reds.
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47. John Briggs
The Line: .251 / .349 / .400, 52 home runs.
John Briggs joined the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1962, and just two seasons later, he was ready for the show. Briggs spent eight seasons with the Phillies, playing all three outfield positions and a bit of first base.
He had a great eye at the plate, drawing 300 walks and posting a strong on-base percentage. The Phillies would later trade him to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of players, and Briggs had arguably his best season as a member of the Brew Crew.
46. Dolph Camilli
The Line: .295 / .395 / .510, 92 home runs.
Dolph Camilli is often dubbed one of the best Philadelphia Phillies first basemen of all time, and while that is true, there was never much competition for such an honor. He was a durable first baseman and a good hitter, leading the league in on-base percentage during his last season as a member of the Phillies, where he would spend just four seasons.
After being traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers, Camilli had some of the best years of his career, culminating with his MVP 1941 season, where he hit 34 home runs and collected 120 RBI.
45. Bob Boone
The Line: .259 / .329 / .370, 65 home runs.
Bob Boone gained a reputation for himself as one of the greatest defensive catchers in his generation, and to this day, he is the best catcher to ever suit up for the Philadelphia Phillies. Most teams expect their catchers to be good behind the plate first and foremost, but Boone was a strong hitter as well—a facet of his game often overlooked.
A three-time All-Star for the Phillies, Boone never led the league in offensive categories or dominated the opposition's pitching, but he was far from the lineup's black hole that existed during his day in the form of a catcher.
44. Jayson Werth
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The Line: .282 / .380 / .506, 95 home runs.
Jayson Werth may have spent just four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, but his story is incredible. From top prospects, to injured bust, to platoon player, to starting right fielder, to huge contract, Werth has taken the tough road to the top.
He was named to the 2009 All-Star team, and a year later, led the league in doubles. He hit at least 20 home runs in three of his four seasons with the Phillies and posted a strong OPS of .885.
43. Don Hurst
The Line: .303 / .382 / .488, 112 home runs.
The Philadelphia Phillies struck one of their best deals in 1928, when they sent three players to the St. Louis Cardinals for Don Hurst and Spud Davis, who has already appeared on this list. The two would go on to play big roles for the Phillies, especially Hurst, who spent seven seasons with the club.
He hit better than .300 in four of those seasons, and in 1932, his 143 RBI were the most in all of baseball. Even more surprisingly (and ironically), he was later traded to the Chicago Cubs for his successor and another great hitter on this list, Dolph Camilli.
42. Pinky Whitney
The Line: .307 / .357 / .432, 69 home runs.
Pinky Whitney spent 10 seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, and in the grand scheme of things, has nothing to show for it. As durable as they come, Whitney played second and third base for the Phillies, but never won a World Series or won a major award.
He hit better than .300 four times with the Phillies and didn't have many obvious flaws. An average guy, he made good contact, but didn't hit for much power. The Phillies would later trade him to the Boston Braves, who would eventually send him back to the Phils in exchange for Mickey Haslin.
41. Dode Paskert
The Line: .272 / .357 / .374, 28 home runs.
Dode Paskert isn't often mentioned on lists like these, but his offensive numbers are often overlooked because they aren't of the "flashy" variety. Without much power, most of his hits were of the singles variety, but he also had some power to the gaps, as evidenced by a fair share of doubles.
Most importantly, he was an on-base machine with an affinity for drawing walks. Not every player on this list can be responsible for driving runs home. After all, someone needs to get on-base for his team to score some runs.
Even with good numbers, Paskert's greatest contribution to the Philadelphia Phillies may have come via the trade, when the Phils sent him to the Chicago Cubs for a man yet to be mentioned on this list—Cy Williams.
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40. Granny Hamner
The Line: .263 / .305 / .385, 103 home runs.
Granny Hamner made his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1944 at just 17 years of age, and in total, would spend 16 seasons as a shortstop for the club. Obviously, a player can throw up some crooked numbers in 16 seasons, as evidenced by Hamner's 103 home runs (considering he didn't have much power), but he was still a valuable offensive asset.
A three-time All-Star, Hamner played a lot of games during the prime of his career, and as a result, also collected a ton of at-bats. He was an unusual type of "do or die" player—he would do things like lead the league in grounding into double plays one season and sacrifice hits the next.
39. Shane Victorino
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The Line: .282 / .347 / .444, 79 home runs.
Shane Victorino is a prime example of what makes the Rule 5 Draft so exciting. When one team can't make room for you on their roster, another team scoops you up. The Philadelphia Phillies did just that when they plucked him from the Los Angeles Dodgers, and just a few seasons later, Victorino was the starting fielder of a World Series winner.
Twice an All-Star, Victorino has led the league in triples twice with the Phillies while developing into one of the game's true "five-tool" players. Something tells me the Dodgers wish they could have a do-over and add "The Flyin' Hawaiian" to their roster.
38. Larry Bowa
The Line: .264 / .301 / .324, 13 home runs.
Larry Bowa was never known as an offensive player, because, well, he wasn't. He was a slick fielding, fiery shortstop that helped the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in 1980 with his defensive play, but that doesn't mean that he couldn't hit the ball a bit.
He never threw up incredible numbers, but Bowa always got the job done. A mainstay at the top of the order, he collected a lot of at-bats, leading the league in that statistic during one season, as well as triples in another. Of course, the best part of his offensive game may have been his willingness to give himself up, collected a bunch of sacrifice hits.
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37. Mike Lieberthal
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The Line: .275 / .338 / .450, 150 home runs.
Sometimes I wonder whether or not Mike Lieberthal would have benefited from a move to a less demanding position, like first base. Of course, he was the Philadelphia Phillies catcher for more than a decade, taking over right after the 1993 World Series team, caught by Darren Daulton, and leaving right before the 2008 World Series team, caught by Carlos Ruiz.
Lieberthal was a tremendous offensive catcher, but health was always an issue. He was named to the All-Star team twice and recorded double digits in home runs seven times. He was one of the lone bright spots on more than a few bad teams.
36. Tony Taylor
The Line: .261 / .322 / .346, 51 home runs.
Tony Taylor spent a long time with the Philadelphia Phillies—15 seasons to be exact. He was never named to an All-Star team to represent the Phils and never won a major award, but somehow, he managed to get the job done, stockpiling statistics along the way.
He walked 447 times, highlighting his ability to get on base, and collected 219 doubles. He also recorded more than 1,500 hits with the Phillies, who later traded him for a pair of minor leaguers before he re-signed with the club in free agency.
35. Andy Seminick
The Line: .244 / .351 / .419, 123 home runs.
Andy Seminick may not be the most popular Philadelphia Phillies catcher of all time, but he sure was a great backstop. A good player on both sides of the ball, he was purchased by the Phils from the Brooklyn Dodgers and in total, spent 12 seasons with the club.
For the time period, he was a good offensive catcher. He had a great eye at the plate, highlighted by 450 walks and could also put the ball in play, with more home runs (123) than doubles (102.) He drove in more than 400 runs, and though he was once traded to the Cincinnati Reds, he would later be re-acquired to fill the void created when he was first traded.
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34. Juan Samuel
The Line: .263 / .310 / .439, 100 home runs.
Juan Samuel was a unique player in regards to the fact that although he struck out a lot, he still managed to hit for a solid average and find ways to get on base. One of the biggest factors in that anomaly was the fact that he collected a ton of plate appearances, and he when he put the ball in play, he could fly.
A two-time All-Star, he was nearly named Rookie of the Year, an award that went to some guy by the name of Dwight Gooden, and twice led the league in triples. He was traded to the New York Mets as part of the deal that brought Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell to Philadelphia, and of course, is currently the Philadelphia Phillies third base coach.
33. Stan Lopata
The Line: .257 / .355 / .459, 116 home runs.
Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1946, Stan Lopata spent most of his big league career, 11 seasons in total, as the Phils catcher and part-time first baseman. Like most catchers of the time, and still today, any offense provided by Lopata was an extra benefit.
He was named to the All-Star team twice in his career, and although he rarely played more than 100 games per season, he still managed to collect 655 hits, including 116 home runs. He was later traded to the Milwaukee Braves, but was cut after two disappointing seasons.
32. Garry Maddox
The Line: .284 / .320 / .409, 85 home runs.
Though his nickname was "The Secretary of Defense," Garry Maddox was also a very good offensive centerfielder. Though he was never named to an All-Star team, Maddox was always an interesting threat at the dish. He collected more than 1,300 hits during his tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies, including 249 doubles.
He hit better than .300 just once, but also finished fifth in the league's MVP voting during the same season, an award eventually captured by Joe Morgan.
31. Fred Luderus
The Line: .278 / .340 / .404, 83 home runs.
Fred Luderus is another player that made a name for himself by being consistently average, which is not necessarily a bad thing. He played in a lot of games for the Philadelphia Phillies over his 11 seasons with the club, including every one during the 1913 season.
Luderus clubbed 83 home runs and added 249 doubles, collecting more than 1,300 hits during his tenure. He was later traded to the Chicago Cubs for Bill Foxen, who never resulted to much as a member of the Phillies.
30. John Kruk
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The Line: .309 / .400 / .461, 62 home runs.
John Kruk seemed to be a strange fit as the first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies during the early half of the 1990s, but then again, so was just about every other member of those clubs. He didn't look like much of a hitter at times, but Kruk could swing the bat, helping him become a fan-favorite.
Despite his size, he wasn't much of a power hitter. He made good contact and was more of a Tony Gwynn type in that regard, to a much lesser extent. Kruk made three trips to the All-Star Game as a member of the Phillies and racked up 790 hits with the Phillies before giving it one last go with the Chicago White Sox in 1995.
29. Darren Daulton
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The Line: .245 / .357 / .427, 134 home runs.
Believe it or not, Darren Daulton struggled in his first few seasons as the Philadelphia Phillies catcher. He couldn't hit. He didn't play in many games. For what it was worth, he looked like a bust. However, as the Phillies snowball rolled along, Daulton developed into one of the game's premier offensive talents.
He found ways to get on base, as is obvious in his high career on-base percentage. He hit 134 home runs and added 189 doubles. Daulton made three trips to the All-Star Game and twice finished within the top 10 of the National League's MVP voting. He led the league in RBI in 1992, and a year later, helped lead the Phils to a National League pennant.
28. Scott Rolen
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The Line: .282 / .373 / .504, 150 home runs.
Nowadays, Scott Rolen is one of those guys that fans of the Philadelphia Phillies love to hate, but once upon a time, he was the face of a struggling franchise. He made his debut in 1996, and a year later, captured the NL Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Livan Hernandez, Andruw Jones and Vladimir Guerrero, among others.
When he was wearing red pinstripes, he was hope for a better future. Rolen was sent to the All-Star Game as a member of the Phillies in 2000, and later that season, would be traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, a town that he had dubbed "baseball heaven." Fans did not take kindly to his exit, and his .877 OPS with the Phils was forgotten.
27. Pat Burrell
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The Line: .257 / .367 / .485, 251 home runs.
Pat Burrell spent nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, and all in all, had a great career. He posted an OPS of .852 with the Phillies, but there was an expectation for even better results. After all, he was selected as the first overall pick of the 1998 amateur draft, and though he was good, the Phillies really needed him to be "great," and he never was.
It is impossible to deny his importance to the club, however. After helping the Phillies capture their second World Series title in 2008, he rode down Broad Street at the head of the parade, and now, with an expired contract, it was just implied that his Phils' career was over.
He finished with MVP votes twice, and though he posted an OPS of better than .900 twice, he'll always be remembered as a clumsy left fielder with power, but a career that could have been better.
26. Nap Lajoie
The Line: .345 / .374 / .520, 32 home runs.
It is incredible to ponder the things that Nap Lajoie was able to accomplish in just five seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. Purchased from an independent league for $1,500, there was an expectation for him to be a game changer, and he was.
Over his five seasons with the Phillies, he led the league in doubles, RBI, slugging percentage and total bases at one point or another. It was clear that he was on his way to the top, and in his first season with Philly's other club, the Philadelphia Athletics, he led the league in nearly every offensive category, building his Hall of Fame career with the Athletics and Cleveland Naps.
25. Elmer Flick
The Line: .338 / .419 / .487, 29 home runs.
What do Elmer Flick and Nap Lajoie have in common? Both started fantastic careers as members of the Philadelphia Phillies, but built the bulk of their statistics with the Cleveland Naps.
Although Flick didn't have as great of a career, he still had a fantastic one that started in Philadelphia, where he led the league in RBI in 1900. He would go on to have some of his best years as a member of the Naps, but got his start in Philadelphia, where he made a name for himself as a great outfielder.
24. Jack Clements
The Line: .289 / .352 / .426, 70 home runs.
Jack Clements spent an impressive 14 seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, joining the club when they were still known as the Philadelphia Quakers in 1884 and sticking around through the name-change and up until 1897.
He was different than most catchers of the time period because of the fact that although his defense was slightly above average, he was best known for his offensive abilities. His work as a catcher sapped his durability, and he played in more than 100 games in a single season just twice. That didn't stop him from hitting better than .300 five times as a Phillie, including the 1896 season, where he nearly eclipsed the .400 mark, though, in just under 60 games.
23. Lenny Dykstra
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The Line: .289 / .388 / .422, 51 home runs.
The hardest thing Lenny Dykstra had to do after the Philadelphia Phillies acquired him was stay healthy, because when he was on the field, he was good. Though he is quickly becoming (if his metamorphosis is not already complete) one of baseball's biggest knuckleheads, once upon a time, "The Dude" was an All-Star and a fan-favorite.
Dykstra led the league in hits twice, including during his 1993 campaign, where he also led the league in plate appearances, at-bats, runs and walks, finishing second in the NL's MVP voting to some character by the name of Barry Bonds.
A three-time All-Star, Dykstra had a knack for finding a way onto the base paths. This is evidenced not only by his high career on-base percentage, but also the fact that he posted an OBP better than .400 in three different seasons.
22. Ryan Howard
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The Line: .275 / .368 / .560, 286 home runs.
When a team decides to trade a productive first baseman building a Hall of Fame career to make room for a rookie sensation, you know you're doing something right. That's what happened when the Philadelphia Phillies sent Jim Thome to the Midwest to make room for rookie phenom Ryan Howard, who had slugged his way into filling the void the injured Thome left in the lineup.
He would eventually capture the National League's Rookie of the Year Award, and a year later, the league's MVP Award. In just eight seasons, Howard is a three-time All-Star and has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting on four more occasions, including the 2008 season, when Albert Pujols reigned supreme.
Just turning 32 years old, Howard has led the league in RBI three times and twice in home runs. Currently recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, only time will tell if the "Big Piece" can continue to be a productive offensive player and climb this list.
21. Von Hayes
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The Line: .272 / .363 / .427, 124 home runs.
It seems as though Von Hayes will always be remembered as the guy who was good, but was supposed to be great. Of course, you may also remember him by his nickname that also described the approach the Philadelphia Phillies used to acquire him—"Five-For-One," referencing the trade that sent Jay Baller, Julio Franco, Manny Trillio, George Vukovich and Jerry Willard to the Cleveland Indians for his services.
Billed as a hero, Hayes was only able to have a "very good" career. Though he was never the great player that brought the Phillies out of mediocrity, he did drive in 568 runs in his Phillies career, and also led the league in runs and doubles during the 1986 campaign, when he finished eighth in MVP voting.
20. John Titus
The Line: .268 / .368 / .379, 31 home runs.
I'm not sure why John Titus looks so sad in this picture. After all, he had a great career as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. "Silent John" spent 10 seasons in Philadelphia after his contract was purchased from an independent league.
Though his numbers aren't all that flashy, Titus was the model of consistency, and he did so by balancing his attack. He may not have had much power, but drove the ball into the gaps for a double frequently. He also managed to post solid marks in batting average and on-base percentage, proving to be an important cog in the machine.
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19. Willie Jones
The Line: .258 / .343 / .413, 180 home runs.
Willie Jones made his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1947 season at age 21, and in just a few seasons, he would be the starting third baseman for the stories "Whiz Kids," who would go on to win the National League pennant. He was tied for the league lead in games played that season, a statistic that helped define his career.
"Puddin' Head" spent 13 seasons with the Phillies, playing in an impressive 1,520 games. Along with 180 home runs, he also hit 232 doubles, collecting 1,400 hits overall, walked 693 times and drove in 753 runs.
18. Tony Gonzalez
The Line: .295 / .359 / .433, 77 home runs.
Tony Gonzalez is a guy that doesn't get much love on all-time lists like these, but when we're talking about offensive ability alone, it is hard to not only leave him off of a list like this, but move him out of the top 20.
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Gonzalez from the Cincinnati Reds in 1960, and he would go on to spend nine seasons with the club. He hit better than .300 four times in his stint with the Phillies and received MVP votes on three different occasions. Gonzalez had 185 doubles, 50 triples and 77 home runs with the Phillies, making him an appealing player by the time his tenure with the Phillies was finished.
The San Diego Padres would go on to select him from the Phils in the 1968 expansion draft.
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17. Greg Luzinski
The Line: .281 / .363 / .489, 223 home runs.
Long before he was cooking up some barbecue in Citizens Bank Park, Greg Luzinski was busy mashing the cover off of the ball as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was selected by the Phils with the 11th overall selection of the 1968 amateur draft, and in total, spent 11 seasons as a member of the Phils.
A four-time All-Star, Luzinski finished second in the National League's MVP voting twice, with a pair of Cincinnati Reds (Joe Morgan and George Foster, respectively) beating him out on both occasions. He also had two more top 10 finishes for the MVP Award.
"The Bull" was more than just your average power-threat at the plate. His 223 home runs are sixth all-time in Phillies history, but Luzinski also had the ability to hit for average (better than .300 three time) and added 253 doubles to his stat sheet.
16. Jimmy Rollins
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The Line: .272 / .329 / .432, 170 home runs.
Jimmy Rollins is far and away the best offensive shortstop the Philadelphia Phillies have ever had, but if he wants to be recognized as more than that, he's going to need to re-sign with the club this winter and pad his stats some.
Having already spent 12 seasons with the Phils, Rollins already has an impressive resume. A three-time All-Star, he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2001, but a few seasons later, got his revenge by capturing the MVP Award in 2007.
A mainstay at the top of the Phillies order, Rollins has led the league in at-bats and triples four times, plate appearances three times and once in runs and stolen bases. In total, he has collected 1,866 hits as a member of the Phillies.
15. Cy Williams
The Line: .306 / .380 / .500, 217 home runs.
When the Philadelphia Phillies traded Dode Paskert to the Chicago Cubs in 1917, they were moving a very good offensive player, as we've already covered. In order to balance that trade out, they'd need to receive a very good offensive player as well, and they tipped the scale in their favor by acquiring outfielder Cy Williams.
After a few good season with the Cubs, Williams really hit his stride as a member of the Phillies. He led the league in home runs three times as a member of the Phils, hitting 217 in total during his 13-year tenure. He also hit 237 doubles and drove 795 runs.
14. Gavvy Cravath
The Line: .291 / .381 / .489, 117 home runs.
Haven't heard of Gavvy Cravath? Well, you should have. He was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies from a team in the American Association before the 1912 season, and in his nine years with the club, became one of the premier offensive threats of his time.
Cravath led the league in home runs six times, and at one point or another during his career, also led the league in runs, hits, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+ and total bases. Despite leading the league in most offensive categories during the 1913 season, he finished second in MVP voting, and that was the closest he'd ever get to winning the award.
13. Johnny Callison
The Line: .271 / .338 / .457, 185 home runs.
When the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox swapped Gene Freese and Johnny Callison, I'm not sure either side knew the extent of Callison's potential. Joining the Phillies in the winter of 1979, Callison would go on to spend 10 seasons with the Phils, becoming one of the franchise's all-time great players.
A three-time All-Star, Callison led the league in triples twice and doubles once, a rough demonstration of his skill-which was vast. He could hit for power and ran the bases well, had the ability to draw walks and find a way on base. In 1964, the year of the Phillies' epic collapse, he finished second in the league's MVP voting to Ken Boyer.
12. Sam Thompson
The Line: .334 / .388 / .509, 96 home runs.
Unlike some other Hall of Fame players on this list, Sam Thompson built the bulk of his Hall of Fame career as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was purchased from the Detroit Wolverines for $5,000 when the team was still called the Philadelphia Quakers and spent 10 seasons with the franchise.
His career is littered with amazing statistical anomalies. At one point or another in his Phillies' career, Thompson led the league in plate appearances (once), at-bats (twice), hits (three times), doubles (twice), triples (once), home runs (twice), RBI (three times), batting average (once), slugging percentage (three), OPS+ (once) and total bases (twice).
He also hit .415 in 1894.
11. Del Ennis
The Line: .286 / .344 / .479, 259 home runs.
Long before Ryan Howard and before the time of Mike Schmidt, Del Ennis was the slugger associated with the Philadelphia Phillies franchise. Signed as an amateur free agent in 1943, he was with the big club and in the starting lineup just a few seasons later for the first of 11 seasons in Philadelphia.
A three-time All-Star, the biggest facet of Ennis' game was power. Along with those 259 home runs—third all-time for the Phillies—he also hit 310 doubles and drove in 1,124 runs. He finished fourth in MVP voting in 1950, a year the Phillies went to the World Series, which was won by teammate Jim Konstanty, and received votes for the MVP Award in seven additional seasons.
10. Chase Utley
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The Line: .290 / .377 / .505, 188 home runs.
With health issues having sapped a bit of his offensive production over the last few seasons, it is easy to forget just how good of an offensive player Chase Utley is. Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 15th pick of the 2000 amateur draft, he was expected to be a good Major League player. Through nine seasons, Utley has been great.
Already a five-time All-Star, Utley has among the elite at the second base position for most of his career. He finished within the top 10 for MVP voting three times and received votes in two additional seasons. In nine seasons, he has racked up 188 home runs, which is 10th on the Phillies' all-time list. He has racked up more than 1,100 hits already, including 258 doubles, and has driven in 694 runs.
As Harry Kalas put it, Chase Utley is simply, "The Man."
9. Roy Thomas
The Line: .295 / .421 / .334, six home runs.
No, those numbers are not backwards. Roy Thomas had virtually no power, but was an on-base machine. He spent 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and was the definition of a "table-setter," finding ways to get on base for those bigger, stronger guys lower in the order.
During those 12 seasons with the Phillies, Thomas led the league in walks an incredible seven times, helping him to a very strong career on-base percentage—a statistic in which he also led the league in twice. He added a couple of more league-leaders in runs and plate appearances as well, and was the perfect example of the old axiom "when you get on base, good things will happen."
8. Billy Hamilton
The Line: .360 / .468 / .459, 23 home runs.
The Philadelphia Phillies made a big investment in Billy Hamilton when they spent $6,000 on him before the turn of the 20th century, and when teams made big investments in players during this time period, it was for one reason—they were really, really good.
So, it should go without saying that Hamilton was really, really good. He spent six seasons with the Phillies, stockpiling stats that would become the base of his Hall-of-Fame career. He led the league in a bevy of statistics during his tenure, but they don't need to be listed—you can tell just by his slash line that plain and simple, Hamilton could do it all.
He collected more than 1,000 hits as a member of the Phils, including 126 doubles and 51 triples, and drove in 370 runs. Hamilton's OPS+ over the course of his career as a Phillie? A smooth 153.
7. Bobby Abreu
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The Line: .303 / .416 / .513, 195 home runs.
Character issues and desire for rounded numbers aside, Bobby Abreu is one of the greatest hitters in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise. The club acquired (pillaged) him from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays back before the 1998 season in exchange for slick-fielding shortstop Kevin Stocker. In return, the Phillies received a legitimate five-tool outfielder.
A two-time All-Star, Abreu was another guy that could do it all. He hit 195 home runs, 348 doubles and 48 triples. He drove in 814 runs and scored 891 more. As was the theme during the time period, the Phillies would later trade a disgruntled star for next to nothing (excluding salary relief), sending Abreu to the New York Yankees.
6. Dick Allen
The Line: .290 / .371 / .530, 204 home runs.
People always understood and respected the talent of Dick Allen. The man himself? Well, not so much.
After signing with the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent, Allen captured the Rookie of the Year Award in 1964.
That award was certainly an undertone for his entire career, as Allen would go on to slug his way into the Phillies record books, highlighted by his 204 home runs. He added 204 doubles and drove in 1,143 runs, posting an OPS+ of 153 as a Phillie.
He would later win an MVP Award as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
5. Sherry Magee
The Line: .299 / .371 / .447, 75 home runs.
Sherry Magee joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 1904, and in total, spent 11 seasons with the club. Over the course of his career, he would lead the league in numerous statistics numerous times, but had his best season in 1910, when he led the league in nearly every offensive statistic and posted an OPS+ of 174.
Though he hit just 75 home runs, Magee had extra base power. He hit 337 doubles and 127 home runs, drove 886 runs and even swiped 387 bases.
4. Richie Ashburn
The Line: .311 / .394 / .388, 22 home runs.
Long before he was a beloved member of the Philadelphia Phillies broadcast team, Richie Ashburn was fan-favorite for his gritty style of play on the baseball diamond. A Phillies legend through and through, "Whitey" spent 12 seasons as a member of the Phils, nearly capturing the Rookie of the Year Award in his first season in the MLB.
An on-base machine, he knew how to draw walks (946) and slap singles (2,217 hits overall), and once he reached base, he knew how to make things happen with his speed, swiping 199 bases. A five-time All-Star, Ashburn has a special plan of attack at the plate, and he executed that plan like only he could.
3. Chuck Kline
The Line: .326 / .382 / .553, 243 home runs.
Chuck Klein was an absolute monster at the plate. He joined the Philadelphia Phillies in 1928, and in total, spent an impressive 15 seasons with the club. Trading him to the Chicago Cubs was, in my mind, one of the worst decisions of all time, and that was arguably something the Phillies, who later re-acquired him, agreed with.
The numbers he was able to put up are just astonishing. From 1929-1933, he absolutely dominated National League pitching, and the years following were also well above average. He was named the league's MVP in 1932, and despite leading nearly every offensive category the following season, somehow finished second to Carl Hubbell (who was well deserving).
A two-time All Star, Klein also finished second in MVP voting in 1931 to Frankie Frisch, a much more questionable decision. He hit 243 home runs, 336 doubles and drove in 983 runs. We'll never see a talent like Kline in our lifetime. Simply put.
2. Ed Delahanty
The Line: .348 / .414 / .508, 87 home runs.
Speaking of astonishing statistical feats that will never be replicated, that brings us to Ed Delahanty, who did things during his career that I'm still trying to figure out how to put into words. He spent 13 years as a member of the Phillies.
During the course of his career, he led the league in a number of statistics—most statistics for that matter—including hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, stolen bases, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+ and total bases.
It should go without saying that he has some impressive numbers as a Phillie, including 442 doubles, 158 triples and 1,588 RBI. He would easily be the No. 1 player on most teams, but not the Phillies.
That honor goes to...
1. Mike Schmidt
The Line: .267 / .380 / .527, 548 home runs.
Normally, I'd spend this time making a case for this player, but I think that Mike Schmidt is the unanimous selection here.
Schmidt was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies 1971 and would go on to spend 18 seasons with the club. His 548 home runs are the most all time—by far—and just the tip of the iceberg. He's led the league in more statistical categories, more times than I have fingers and toes, and after those 18 seasons, he retired with an OPS+ of 147.
He was named to the All-Star Game 12 times and won three MVP Awards. His trophy case is also home to six Silver Slugger Awards, and Schmidt is arguably the greatest third baseman of all time.
One thing that is not questionable—Mike Schmidt is the greatest Phillies offensive player of all time.