Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, February 24, 2014 04:00 PM Comments: 4
The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #5. Our mission is to assess the Top 100 Phillies players of all time using impact to the Phillies, individual achievement, team achievement, traditional stats, and analytics as our criteria. The list was compiled by Ian Riccaboni and Pat Gallen with input from the rest of the Phillies Nation staff.
From this point forward, each weekday, we will reveal two Phillies from the PN Top 100 in separate posts. To view the players listed thus far, please click here. To view the 2008 iteration of the list of Greatest Phillies of All Time as compiled by Tim Malcolm, please click here.
Please check back tomorrow morning for #4.
#5 – Ed Delahanty
Years: 1888-1889, 1891-1901
.348/.414/.508, 87 HR, 411 SB in 7141 PA
Previous Rank: 4 (-1)
fWAR Phillies Rank: 2nd among position players, 3rd among Phillies
Signature Achievments: Has highest single-season batting average in team history (.410 in 1899), hit over .400 three times, last Phillie to have OBP of .500 or greater (.500, 1895)
Signature Game: Hit four HR in a losing effort on July 13, 1896
Second Phillie ever inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 via Old Timers’ Committee
Is also known for: Mysterious death involving Niagara Falls
“Big Ed” was one of Major League Baseball’s earliest and most well-known sluggers. At age 20, the future right-handed slugging outfielder Delahanty joined the then-Quakers in 1888 when the team purchased his contract from Wheeling of the Tri-State league. Delahanty jumped to the Cleveland Infants of the Players’ League prior to the start of the 1890 season. Following the 1890 season, the Players’ League’s only season, Delahanty jumped back to the Quakers. By 1892, Delahanty would begin to show flashes of what made him a top power-hitter in baseball, leading the NL in triples and slugging percentage. By 1893, Delahanty had arrived: from 1893 through 1899, Delahanty put together a seven-year stretch matched by very few in baseball history: .384/.457/.568 with 65 HR and 255 SB.