100 Greatest Phillies: 12 – Curt Schilling

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, March 15, 2009 06:14 PM | Comments: 24
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Curt Schilling
Starting Pitcher

Career w/Phillies:
16591.1 IP / 101-78 / 3.35 ERA / 1554 K

On October 21, 1993, Curt Schilling became a star. The aggressive 26-year-old right-hander slayed the powerful Toronto Blue Jays batting order, defeating them 2-0 in game five of the World Series. This came after two solid seasons — a 1992 season where he finished with a dominant 2.35 ERA (fourth) and a 1993 campaign where he finished 16-7 with a 4.07 ERA. It was the game that launched a dominance many have not seen in baseball. But that dominance didn’t quite occur right away. For three seasons Schilling battled through injury while baseball battled through labor troubles. He still finished with respectable totals (18-23 with an ERA near 3.30), but what most astonished were his strikeout totals, which neared 200 by 1996. In 1997 he exploded, going the full year with a 17-11 record, a 2.97 ERA and 319 strikeouts, leading the league. In 1998 he recorded 300 strikeouts again, this time going 15-14 with a 3.25 ERA. Injuries slowed him in 1999, but Schilling still finished 15-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 152 Ks. In 2000 he was still doing his thing, but problems with management forced Schilling out of Philadelphia via trade. Though he extended his career by almost a decade, helping Arizona and Boston win championships with 20-win performances, he’ll remain a Phillie, first and foremost. Schilling became dominant as a Phillie, throwing some incredible games during his heyday.

Comment: Say what you will about Schilling’s character, but his pitching cannot be denied. He was a stone-cold dominator, annually a top 10 finisher in strikeouts, ERA and complete games, most times leading the league. He was the unquestionable ace of the Phillies during his career, and between Carlton and Hamels, no one was better. He just misses the top 10, but as Schilling might very well hit the Hall of Fame, placement at 12 seems justified.

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  • Posts: 0 Good Night Joe Carter

    Unquestionably a great pitcher.

    Otherwise, a pompous ass who feels it necessary to push his misguided politics and make everything his business.

    And unquestionably not a good Phillie.

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Curt painted his sock in ’04! End of story!

    There’s no denying how effective he was for the Phillies but he left town in a disgraceful manner and would later tease them with coming back only to use them to up the dollar amount when it came time to sign with Boston (a season he would not play so I’m glad he did not come to the Phils). Now he’s just a loud mouth blogger who feels that the world should care about his thoughts on life, which I do not.

    Schilling would be disqualified from my list.

  • Posts: 0 Chutley

    does he go into the hall as a phillie?

  • Posts: 0 Evan

    Will Schill always be a Phillie? I feel like now he’s identified more with Boston, the bloody sock incident and breaking the curse and getting the championship there.

    How bout J-Roll so far in the WBC. A really nice defensive play to get 2 men out and then a 2 run HR.

  • Posts: 0 Jim

    As tim said, you can say what you want about schilling off the field, his play on the field was amazing, 17 wins in 1997 for a team that lost nearly 100. He would have easily won 20, maybe 25 games each year from 1996-2000 if he had a semi decent team around him.

    A good pick

    Also, not that its a big deal, but i doubt curt had 16000+ IP

  • Posts: 53 R.C. Cowie

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    tim here. yeah, thats one too many 1s in his ip.

  • Posts: 0 KidCarnivore

    The lack of a glowing, syrupy-sweet comment here means that Curt has yet to find this blog and post rave reviews of himself.

  • Posts: 0 Kevin Millwood

    Does this mean I beat Curt Schilling? Hell yeah!

  • Posts: 0 Jim

    this may disappoint:

    I remember tim said that there was just one Phillie since 1990 to make the list. I was assuming it was schilling, but this may mean its abreu, i cant think of anyone else.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    And now J-Roll gets a triple (with an RBI)!!!

  • Posts: 0 Burt Milling

    I…er..Curt was the best pitcher ever…..It is an outrage he is not number 1 on this list. Didnt you see how red his sock was? I am…er…Curt is such a sweet, smart, poignant, talented, athletic, and awesome pitcher and person. he is also very attractive, and he writes a 38pitches, so you know hes smart

  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    In Hollywood they are talking about making a movie about Curt Schilling called “Schill The Thrill.” Schilling will play himself and eventually will run for President and win. Of course, Schilling is bankrolling this production himself.
    Kidding aside, he is obnoxious, out-spoken, ego-centric and a self-annointed spokesperson for everything, including other players. But the guy really was one helluva pitcher. In his upcoming movie, they tell me that Billy Wagner will be his sidekick and will be nicknamed “The Jinx.”

  • Posts: 0 Dan L


    id love to see curt schilling and billy wagner locked in a room together…can you imagine the kind of bullshit that would erupt from that delusional exchange? haha

  • Posts: 0 Embassy

    i met curt back in ’93 at a card signing at the gallery. got him to sign his topps rookie card when he was in an o’s uniform, it stays locked away in a secret location. good spot at 12.

  • Posts: 0 James Kay

    That’s a menacing looking photo. Not much unqualified praise for Schilling here. More concrete things were written about him in the Bunning thread. I am pleased he did not make top 10.

    Does he still do the ghost dad routine?

  • Posts: 0 Joel

    Don’t get me wrong Schilling was one of the best Phillie pitchers of all time. One of my favorite players when he was a Phillie. But hiw character is severely flawed and no I do not believe he will go to the Hall as a Phillie. He will go as a Red Sox player which is fine by me bc he is a prick!

  • Posts: 0 Jason B.

    If this list were based on charecter, Schil doesn’t make it, but boy, was he dominant in his time in Philly. For a long time, he was the only thing we had to watch on the Phils. If we could’ve kept him and Rolen a couple more years, our wait for a title may have been just a little shorter. Until Hamels came, Schil was the greatest pitcher I ever saw in pinstripes(not old enough to see Lefty). Probably the only intelligent thing Ed Wade ever said… Every fifth day he’s a horse, the other four he’s just a horses ass.

  • Posts: 0 Jh

    Damn Tim, Who is # 10

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Some of my best memories as a kid watching the Phillies involved Curt Schilling….a great pitcher, a good pick for #12

  • Posts: 0 ashmidt

    i dont read his blog, i really dont know his politics, i do know he was one of the most dominating pitchers and big game pitchers in my lifetime. he shows up for the big game. first year of interleague play 97 i think, yankees at the vet. the vet is sold out the big jappanese guy irabu vs schill , schill didnt give the yankee fans anything to cheer about, more then half the place were yankee fans. i think he had 17 ks tottally dominated, never should have let him go, should have tryed hard to get him back even now would love to see him with the phils . made me proud to be a phillies fan.

  • Posts: 0 Justin

    I remember that game I was there! That was such an amazing game. Being 24 I grew up watching him rule the 90s for the Phils, pitching wise. You knew if he was pitching there was almost a 99 percent chance you were going to see a shutout, or some amazing game pitched by schill followed by a win. I think he should have at least cracked the top 10 for his dominance for the Phils during the span of his career that he was here.


    My all time favorite baseball player. Yankee killer as a Phillie, Dback, and Red Sox pitcher. Remember: Curts Pitch to KALS. $1 per strike out has raised a ton of money.

  • Posts: 0 From Section 113

    One of my all time favorite Phillies. Schmidt and Utley are top 2. I think #3 on my favorite list will be #9 on the 100 Best Phills list….Abreu

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    btw, what was J-roll on the list?

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