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Season Recap: No one likes to lose 96 games, but fans in Philly had plenty to cheer about. The team gave its top prospects time to play and they were fantastic. Rhys Hoskins, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr, and Hector Neris showed they could soon be ready to lead the Phillies back to the top of the NL East.

August 27, 2017: Rookie Rhys Hoskins hit his 11th home run in his 18th major league game. No one in history had reached 11 home runs faster.

July 11, 2017: Reliever Pat Neshek—whom the Phillies acquired for a “Player to be Named Later” in a trade with the Astros—pitched the second inning of the 2017 All-Star Game. Neshek was an All-Star in 2014, with the Cardinals.

November 1, 2016: The Phillies surprised everyone with a strong start, but they could not keep it up through a long summer. By the end of the season, the team managed to put one of baseball’s best young lineups on the field, led by Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez.

October 5, 2016: After an amazing start to the season, the Phillies ran out of gas in the second half and finished 71–91. Mikael Franco was the team’s top hitter and young hurlers Vince Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson, and Aaron Nola got much-needed experience.

October 14, 2015: Philadelphia fans enjoyed a glimpse of the future in 2015, as several young prospects got a chance to play. Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Darnell Sweeney, Aaron Nola, Ken Giles, and Jerad Eickhoff look ready to assumer greater roles in 2016.

July 25, 2015: In his final game as a member of the Phillies, Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. He was traded to the Texas Rangers a few days later.

April 5, 2015: Age and injuries caught up with the Phillies in 2014. In 2015, the team is looking for ways to work more young talent into the lineup. Philadelphia fans are hoping to see infield prospects Mikael Franco and J.P. Crawford win starting jobs this season, and keeping their fingers crossed that Chase Utley and the other veteran stars can still perform at All-Star levels.

November 1, 2014: The Phillies had a second straight year of 73 wins. Their aging stars grew a year older, while their younger players showed they were not quite ready to fill leadership roles. Ben Revere was their best offensive player, with 49 stolen bases. Philadelphia's top pitcher was Cole Hamels, but he only won 9 of 30 starts.

September 1, 2014: Cole Hamels, Jacob Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon teamed up to no-hit the Braves. It was the 11th "combined" no-hitter in history.

June 14, 2014: Jimmy Rollins singled against the Cubs to become the Phillies' career leader in hits. Rollins broke the record held by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

June 10, 2014: Jonathan Papelbon notched his 300th career save. He joined 25 other pitchers who had reached the 300-save level.

March 31, 2014: The Phillies have some of the biggest names in baseball on the team—Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Rayn Howard, Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon and Cole Hamels. Add up their ages and you get a number around 200. That's not a good thing. The Phillies need to get great years from their younger stars, including Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, to be successful in 2014.

October 1, 2013: There is a value in having a team made up of experienced veterans. There is also a downside. In 2013, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Halladay had terrible years. One of the Philly's lone bright spots was Dominic Brown, who finally broke out in his fourth season. The Phillies finished in fourth place in the NL East.

March 30, 2013: The Phillies will depend on a core of players who have begun to show their age—including Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Jonathan Papelbon. It may fall to younger players like Domonic Brown and Ben Revere to step up and carry the team through the summer.

October 3, 2012: The Phillies knew they would be without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for much of the 2012 season. However, they did not count on poor seasons from their two aces, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. They combined for only 17 wins. The team finished 81–81—17 games out of first place—and traded two of its best players, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. The question heading into the winter is Can Philly count on its "Big 4" stars in 2013?

September 22, 2012: Ryan Howard hit his 300th homer in the 1,093rd game of his career. The only player to reach 300 in fewer games was Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner.

June 23, 2012: Jim Thome hit a walk-off home run to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 13th walk-off homer of Thome's career, the most in history. He had been tied with Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Frank Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, and Stan Musial.

April, 2012: If Ryan Howard isn't healthy to begin the season, the Phillies have three first baseman who can take his place—Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, and John Mayberry. The big news for 2012, however, is the team's new closer, Jonathan Papelbon. He takes the place of Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge.

     
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This postcard of Sam Thompson came from the Hall of Fame. Thompson was the first player to hit two triples with the bases loaded in the same game. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

 

 

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Cy Williams was actually the NL's all-time home champion for a few years in the 1920s. (Author's Collection)

 

 

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Chris Short was the best pitcher on the Phillies when I was growing up. Funny, but the game I remember most is one he lost to the New York Mets, 1–0. The only run of the game was a homer by Ron Swoboda. (Topps, Inc.)

 

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New York Mets fans couldn't believe it when they traded Lenny Dykstra to the Phillies. He had an amazing year for them in 1993. (Black Book Partner/John Klein)

 

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This Curt Schilling card always makes me do a double-take. Is he pitching or fielding? Hard to tell, right? (Fleer Corp.)
 

Billy Hamilton — Outfielder
Born: 2/15/1866
Died: 12/15/1940
Played for Team: 1890 to 1895
"Sliding" Billy Hamliton got his nickname because he was the most daring baserunner of his time. He led the NL in runs scored three times with the Phillies and was league batting champion twice.


Sam Thompson — Outfielder
Born: 3/5/1860
Died: 11/7/1922
Played for Team: 1889 to 1898
Sam Thompson was one baseball's great sluggers in the 1800s. He led the NL in hits, doubles, home runs, and RBIs with Philadelphia. "Big Sam" could run, too. He was the first player with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season.


Sherry Magee — Outfielder
Born: 8/6/1884
Died: 3/13/1929
Played for Team: 1904 to 1914
Few hitters have ever been better than Sherry Magee with men on base. He led the NL in RBIs three times with the Phillies and was the NL batting champion in 1910.


Cy Williams — Outfielder
Born: 12/21/1887
Died: 4/23/1974
Played for Team: 1918 to 1930
Cy Williams was already 30 years old when the Phillies traded for him. The left-handed slugger took aim at Philadelphia's short right field fence and was among the NL's Top 10 home run hitters nine times from 1918 to 1927.


Del Ennis — Outfielder
Born: 6/8/1925
Died: 2/8/1996
Played for Team: 1946 to 1956
Del Ennis was the left fielder for the 1950 Whiz Kids. He was also their most feared hitter. Ennis led the NL with 126 RBIs that season and topped 100 six times from 1949 to 1955.


Chris Short — Pitcher
Born: 9/19/1937
Died: 8/1/1991
Played for Team: 1959 to 1972
Chris Short was one of baseball's top lefties during the 1960s. He won 20 games in 1966 and was an All-Star twice. Short once struck out 18 batters in a game.


Jim Bunning — Pitcher
Born: 10/23/1931
Played for Team: 1964 to 1967
Jim Bunning threw a fastball with a sweeping sidearm motion that made batters flinch when the ball left his hand. He was just the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter, win 100 games, and strike out 1,000 batters in both leagues.


Greg Luzinski — Outfielder
Born: 11/22/1950
Played for Team: 1970 to 1980
Greg Luzinski was nicknamed "Bull" because of his great size and strength. He hit 30-plus homers and topped 100 RBIs three times for the Phillies. Luzinski finished second in the NL MVP voting to Joe Morgan in 1975 and George Foster in 1977.


Darren Daulton — Catcher
Born: 1/3/1962
Played for Team: 1983 to 1997
Darren Daulton was a good catcher who struggled for many years to find his batting stroke. Once he did, few players were more dangerous in the clutch. Daulton led the NL in RBIs in 1992 and was an All-Star three times for the Phillies.


Len Dykstra — Outfielder
Born: 2/10/1963
Played for Team: 1989 to 1996
Little Lenny Dykstra was a hit with Philadelphia fans from the moment he first trotted onto the field. When he was healthy, Dykstra was the game's most dynamic leadoff hitter. In 1993, he led the NL with 194 hits, 129 walks, and 143 runs. "Nails" finished second in the MVP voting that season.


Mitch Williams — Pitcher
Born: 11/17/1964
Played for Team: 1991 to 1993
No one could pitch their way into—and out of—trouble like Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams. He saved 102 games in three years with the Phillies. In the 1993 NLCS, Williams won two games and saved two others.


Curt Schilling — Pitcher
Born: 11/14/1966
Played for Team: 1992 to 1999
When the Phillies swapped Jason Grimsley for Curt Schilling in 1992, it turned out to be one of the great trades in club history. Schilling led the team to the World Series in 1993 and struck out 300 batters in 1997 and 1998.


Cliff Lee — Pitcher
Born: 8/30/1978
Played for Team: 2009 to 2014
The Phillies traded for Cliff Lee during the 2009 season, and he won four games in the playoffs and World Series. They traded him away after the season but signed him as a free agent in 2011. He went 17–9 for the club upon his return and led the NL with 6 shutouts.

     
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Shane Victorino is very good about signing for fans before Phillies games. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

 

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In the eighth inning of a 1949 game against the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia hit five home runs, a double, and a triple. No team has ever piled up more extra bases in one inning.


KNOCKIN' 'EM IN
Sam Thompson was an RBI machine. He was the only player in the 1800s to drive in more than 150 runs in two different seasons.


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Jimmy Rollins hopes to be a music producer after his baseball career. He wrote and performed the song "Wish List," which was a part of Major League Baseball's 2008 Oh Say Can You Sing CD, which raised money for charity.


FAMILY TREE
Shane Victorino may be nicknamed "The Flyin' Hawaiian," but his family tree also includes Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese ancestors. Victorino was flyin' long before he got to the big leagues. He was a state champion in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meters for his high school track team.

     
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This oversized Ed Delehanty card is called a "cabinet" because fans used to put them in a cabinet to display to their friends. (Author's Collection)

 

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Ryan Howard hurt his Achilles' Heel on the last play of the 2011 playoffs. Phillies fans hope he'll be back at first base in 2012. (Black Book Partners)

 

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This Richie Ashburn card came packed with Red Heart Dog Food. (John Morrell & Co.)

 

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Don Hurst was one of the NL's top sluggers for a few years in the 1930s. They Phillies traded him for Dolph Camili, which turned out to be a smart deal. (Goudey Gum Co.)

 

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Jimmy Rollins is pictured here working out with Team USA before the World Baseball Classic. (Black Book Partners)

 

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Tom Seaton warms up before a game in the Phillies' old ballpark. (Author's Collection)

 

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Steve Carlton didn't sign autographs for fans while he played. After he retired, he was very nice about signing. (Author's Collection)

 

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Jack Sanford came out of nowhere to lead the league in strikeouts as a rookie in 1957. Later, he pitched for the San Francisco Giants in the 1962 World Series. (Topps, Inc.)

 

Home Runs
1889 — Sam Thompson — 20
1893 — Ed Delehanty — 19
1895 — Sam Thompson — 18
1896 — Ed Delehanty — 13
1913 — Gavvy Cravath — 19
1914 — Gavvy Cravath — 19
1915 — Gavvy Cravath — 24
1917 — Gavvy Cravath — 12
1918 — Gavvy Cravath — 8
1919 — Gavvy Cravath — 12
1920 — Cy Williams — 15
1923 — Cy Williams — 41
1927 — Cy Williams — 30
1929 — Chuck Klein — 43
1931 — Chuck Klein — 31
1932 — Chuck Klein — 38
1974 — Mike Schmidt — 36
1975 — Mike Schmidt — 38
1976 — Mike Schmidt — 38
1980 — Mike Schmidt — 48
1981 — Mike Schmidt — 31*
1983 — Mike Schmidt — 40
1984 — Mike Schmidt — 36
1986 — Mike Schmidt — 37
2003 — Jim Thome — 47
2006 — Ryan Howard — 58
2008 — Ryan Howard — 48

* The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.


Batting Average
1891 — Billy Hamilton — .340
1893 — Sam Thompson — .370
1899 — Ed Delehanty — .410
1910 — Sherry Magee — .331
1929 — Lefty O'Doul — .398
1933 — Chuck Klein — .368
1947 — Harry Walker — .371*
1955 — Richie Ashburn — .338
1958 — Richie Ashburn — .350

* Harry Walker also played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947.


Runs Batted In
1893 — Ed Delehanty — 146
1895 — Sam Thompson — 165
1896 — Ed Delehanty — 126
1898 — Napoleon Lajoie — 127
1899 — Ed Delehanty — 137
1900 — Elmer Flick — 110
1907 — Sherry Magee — 123
1910 — Sherry Magee — 123
1913 — Gavvy Cravath — 128
1914 — Sherry Magee — 103
1915 — Gavvy Cravath — 115
1931 — Chuck Klein — 121
1932 — Don Hurst — 143
1933 — Chuck Klein — 120
1950 — Del Ennis — 126
1975 — Greg Luzinski — 120
1980 — Mike Schmidt — 121
1981 — Mike Schmidt — 91*
1984 — Mike Schmidt — 106
1986 — Mike Schmidt — 119
1992 — Darren Daulton — 109
2006 — Ryan Howard — 149
2008 — Ryan Howard — 146
2009 — Ryan Howard — 141

* The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.


Stolen Bases
1886 — Ed Andrews — 56
1889 — Jim Fogarty — 99
1890 — Billy Hamilton — 102
1891 — Billy Hamilton — 111
1894 — Billy Hamilton — 98
1895 — Billy Hamilton — 97
1898 — Ed Delehanty — 58
1932 — Chuck Klein — 20
1941 — Danny Murtagh — 18
1948 — Richie Ashburn — 32
2001 — Jimmy Rollins — 46


Wins
1911 — Grover Cleveland Alexander—  28
1913 — Tom Seaton — 27
1914 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 27
1915 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 31
1916 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 33
1917 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 30
1931 — Jumbo Elliott — 19
1952 — Robin Roberts — 28
1953 — Robin Roberts — 23
1954 — Robin Roberts — 23
1955 — Robin Roberts — 23
1972 — Steve Carlton — 27
1977 — Steve Carlton — 23
1980 — Steve Carlton — 24
1982 — Steve Carlton — 23
1983 — John Denny — 19
2010 — Roy Halladay — 21


Strikeouts
1910 — Earl Moore — 185
1912 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 195
1913 — Tom Seaton — 168
1914 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 214
1915 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 241
1916 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 167
1917 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 200
1939 — Claude Passeau — 137*
1940 — Kirby Higbe — 137
1953 — Robin Roberts — 198
1954 — Robin Roberts — 185
1957 — Jack Sanford — 188
1967 — Jim Bunning — 253
1972 — Steve Carlton — 310
1974 — Steve Carlton — 240
1980 — Steve Carlton — 286
1982 — Steve Carlton — 286
1983 — Steve Carlton — 275
1997 — Curt Schilling — 319
1998 — Curt Schilling — 300

* Claude Passeau also played with the Chicago Cubs in 1939.


Earned Run Average
1887 — Dan Casey — 2.86
1915 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 1.22
1916 — Grover Cleveland Alexander — 1.55
1972 — Steve Carlton — 1.97
1981 — Steve Carlton — 2.42

     
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A program from the 1950 World Series. (Author's Collection)
 
YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1915 Boston Red Sox Lost 4–1
1950 New York Yankees Lost 4–0
1980 Kansas City Royals Won 4–2
1983 Baltimore Orioles Lost 4–1
1993 Toronto Blue Jays Lost 4–2
2008 Tampa Bay Rays Won 4–1
2009 New York Yankees Lost 4–2
     
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