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100 Greatest Phillies: 11 – Sherry Magee

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, March 16, 2009 04:13 PM | Comments: 23
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Sherry Magee
Outfielder
1904-1914

Career w/Phillies: .299 AVG / 75 HR / 886 RBI / 387 SB

Born in Clarendon, Sherwood Magee became one of the most underrated hitters of all time, leading the Phillies through the Dead Ball Era with a high combination of power, speed and contact. Signed in 1904, Magee immediately made a mark, hitting .277. His average would dip below that only once more. Seven times he finished in the top 10 in National League home runs; seven times as a Phillie he finished in the top 10 in triples. His slugging percentage twice crept above .500; his on-base percentage once crept above .440. He was an RBI machine, leading the league three times. He was a stolen base machine, reaching the top 10 multiple times. He racked up bases, he scored runs. 1910 was probably his best year, when he hit .331 to lead the National League. While forgotten to an extent, Magee was given the chance to make the Hall of Fame because of a veterans committee effort; he didn’t get enough votes. Still, his unbelievable offensive consistency is almost second to none in Phillie history.

Comment: Another early-day Phillie with great offensive numbers, Magee simply hit the ball well. Is he a Hall of Famer? Maybe. But the Dead Ball Era doesn’t get the respect it might deserve. Still, we know Magee is a legend, and maybe not quite a top 10 player. But right on the cusp.

And starting tomorrow, we’ll begin the top 10. If you know your Phillies, you know which 10 are remaining. We’ll unveil No. 10 tomorrow at the St. Patrick’s Day tailgate party at Bright House Field.

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  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    wow… tim… i would never have expected abreau in the top 10

     
  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    wow… oops… typo… abreu*

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    I never expected to see Vincente Padilla and Brandon Duckworth in the top ten either!

     
  • [...] Tim Malcolm reaches way way back to talk Sherry Magee. [...]

     
  • Posts: 0 Chase

    I know it is completely off topic but look at the comments.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApCY6Gj0iSHH0Ot.bYXhzqBUxQt.;_ylv=3?qid=20090316135144AAmipbz

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Bo Belinski may be in the Top 10 for his partying prowess.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    i woulda thought bobby was a top 20 for sure but not top 10. my top 10 was off. i had jroll and schilling as 9 and 10 i believe

     
  • Posts: 0 Gregger

    in response to that yahoo question and answers, people are idiots. Everyone loves to pile on philly fans like they dont boo or complain. Get off your high-horse rest of world and stop acting like you’re any better than anyone else.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sean P.

    where’s doug glanville? 9

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Or Cookie Rojas?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jim

    Sherry also has the most inside-the-park home runs of any phillie in histroy. back in his day, inside the parkers were a little more common (im not sure why) but this is still impressive seeing as he his insiders from the cozy confines of the baker bowl

     
  • Posts: 0 metsblow4show

    I thought Abreu and Dick Allen would be pretty high but I didn’t expect both to be top 10.

     
  • Posts: 0 James Kay

    He looks like my kind of player, a real SOB. Of the early Phillies, he is the one I heard and read the least about.

    Bo Belinsky (raised by a Jewish mother in Trenton NJ), Cookie Rojas (great Cuban player who should of made the list), & Doug Glanville are all Phillies I can dig regardless of how they performed.

    How would Magee’s inside the parkers compare with Roy Sievers and his inside the park homer attempts at Connie Mack?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jim

    Cant say, James. Im not familiar with Sievers attempts. I do know connie mack was a lot bigger than the baker bowl and it was only an average park.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kev

    who the hell is sherwood mcgee, is this serious?

     
  • Posts: 0 Michael Stubel

    Jim,

    From what I have read and seen, inside the parkers were more frequent in yesteryear because the average park was bigger.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    Bobby Abreu should not be in the top 10… everywhere he goes, they lose. He is a top 10 Fantasy Phillie of all time but his numbers are hollow. Not the guy that I want representing the Phillies all franchise team. We traded him at age 32… why? Because he’s a loser. He’s Bobby Slightly Above Average… slightly average power, speed, fielding, base running… but I will give you this much; the guy can draw a walk! Top 10 in walks 9 times… that’s a great statistic to lead in. It gets you OBP, chances to steal, chances to score runs. Bobby Average has played in two all star games. He’s a stats guy… that’s it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jim

    Michael Stubel: Thats actually my point. It makes his inside the park escapades more impressive. Most fields were cavernous back then, like forbes field, which helpd guys like chief wilson get 36 triples in a season. but the baker bowl was small, and it required a man who could hustle around the bases to get a legit inside the park home run. im sure that he got a few of them at other parks but still, he must have hit most of them at home.

    Chuck P: team performances are not part of this list. its all about their individual performance, and mostly, their stats.

     
  • Posts: 0 James Kay

    The Sievers & Magee reference was a comparison of extreme contrasts. It wasn’t serious. Sievers was an aging star with the 1962-64 Phillies who apparently had a knack for falling flat on his face between third and home when attempting an inside the park homer. I once heard (did not actually witness) one of these incidents occurred early in the 1964 season. An omen of things to come.

     
  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    I cant relate to these guys who played 100 years ago….the stats are skewed,they played in bigger ballparks,and they were playing in the age of a different ball composition.By that I mean ,I dont think the actual baseball was the same.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeltzismyhombre

    The guy I can’t find on Tim’s list so far is Dave Bancroft, HOF shortstop from the 1915 Phillies. Think he’s in the Top 10?

     
  • [...] stealing 387 bases for the Phils, 3rd all time. In their excellent 100 Greatest Phillies piece, Phillies Nation had him ranked #11. He was actually nominated to join the Hall of Fame last year through the Veteran’s [...]

     
  • Posts: 0 Susan Magee

    Sherry Magee was my grandfather, although I never knew him, as he died a lifetime before I was born. The Veterans Committee voted for yet another Yankee to the Hall of Fame – he should be there – no prejudice – he was an exceptional ball player. In the Philadelphia Enquirer he was pictured as one of the best oufielders in their annual composition of all-time best Phillies every year while I was growing up, through my teens. He held the stolen base record for the Phillies for 78 years. He probably still holds Phillies records. I would personally like to see him in the Hall of Fame. We are all very proud of his accomplishments. Thank you for remembering!

     
 
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