100 Greatest Phillies of All Time

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, November 23, 2010 12:35 AM | | Comments: 22

During 2008 off-season, we counted down the 100 Greatest Phillies of All Time. The list sparked much debate, but educated fans even more. Browse through the list to find out where some of your favorites landed or learn about more obscure great Phillies. Also, in 2013 we updated the list and you can find the new top 100 Phillies of all-time here.

  • Posts: 3 SC connection

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    Tim McCarver who else would of caught Lefty Carlton
    Bob Uecker
    Bo Belinski

    Curt Flood

  • Posts: 3 Chris

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    I pretty much agree with this list. I’d like to add a name, as one of the “Greatest One-Year Phillies”-Buzz Arlett (1931). Here’s a piece I wrote about him for Yahoo:


  • Posts: 0 Jared

    Really bobby abreu is 10 ahead of jroll utley and howard?

  • Posts: 0 english learn

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  • Posts: 0 Brad

    Gary Matthews???

  • Posts: 0 Chris cannon

    Are you serious? Abreu at #10? How is JROLL so far down when the man is in the top ten of every offensive category in team history…

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      This was from three years ago. I assume that at least Utley will move ahead of Abreu for the coming update, and while Rollins may not be that high, he should be much higher than 19.

      As for Abreu, since WW II the only Phillies who were clearly better than him offensively were Allen and Schmidt, so he deserves to be near the top somewhere.

  • Posts: 0 whizkid

    No Cookie Rojas !? I mean the guy played just about every position on the field and was a winner !! Randy Lerch instead of Rojas – not by any measure !!

  • Posts: 0 davehist

    Granny Hamner should be much higher than #94. He was the heart of the team for years – and even learned to pitch for them.

  • Posts: 0 Lou Christine

    Richie Asburn deserves better than 6th, hands down. In some minds #1 but arguable. Yet stars who won a pennat should trump those who hadn’t other than those who were major category leaders like Dick Allen or perfect game winner (Jim Bunning).
    Without Pete Rose I don’t think there would have been the first World Series for the Phils or the 83 pennat for that matter.

    Phillies today, Phillies tomorrow, Phillies forever! Cut me, I bleed red and white pinstripes!

  • Posts: 1 dang

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    John Callison is not on this list yet. I would surely hope that he’ll be on it somewhere before all is said and done.

  • Posts: 0 James Thomas

    Three Phillies of the pre WW II era are not on the 100 list. Danny Litwhiler, Phil Mulcahy and Tom Hughes. They should get (honorable) mention at least.

  • Posts: 0 Marty Courtney

    You forgot the always reliable Jim Eisenriech. We would never have won the pennant in 1993 without him.

  • Posts: 0 smathersX

    Bake McBride was way better than he is given credit for here. He was a five tool player and was much better than guys ahead of him. Need to look at stats in comparative eras. It’s not fair to compare Bake to steroid age guys. Bowa is also way too low on this list.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I’m not sure who in particular you’re comparing shake ‘n bake to, but I picked three for argument’s sake:

      Von Hayes, Lenny Dykstra, and John Kruk were all better hitters *relative to their peers and their own era*. Weighted runs created (wRC+) is a good measure for how each player compared to their peers, where wRC+=100 means league average, and 110 means 10% better than average:

      McBride: .292 avg, .335 OBP, .435 SLG, 110 wRC+
      Kruk: .309, .400, .461, 138 wRC+
      Dykstra: .289, .388, .422, 124 wRC+
      Hayes: .272, .363, .427, 118 wRC+

      Another difference is that McBride spent less time on the Phils than the others, and that also goes into the rankings, I believe.

      McBride: 2289 PAs, Kruk 3001, Dykstra 3374, Hayes 4988.

      As for Bowa, again, not sure how high one expect him to be, but I’ll just note that while he was a very good fielder at a key position, he was a truly terrible hitter, even for the lower-scoring environment of his time:

      .264 avg, .301 obp, .324 slugging, 72 wRC+

      • Posts: 193 photoFred

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        Bowa also fielded all those ground balls off the wall to wall carpet. I’d hold that against him a little, although I suppose most of his contemporaries had the same advantage.

      • Posts: 0 George

        Playing on turf isn’t all that much of an advantage. It’s true that bounces might be more predictable, but it’s also true that the grounders lose less speed and thus limit a players range a bit. What on grass might be a routine bouncer can turn into a viscious hard hit ball bent on decapitating an unsuspecting infielder. There’s also a greater risk of damaged ligaments, muscles, tendons, and some pretty nasty “rug burn.” There are plenty of reasons why they don’t use that green plasic doo-doo anymore.

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  • Posts: 0 Dougie

    Burell should be up more

  • Posts: 0 Denn

    I cannot believe that Russ Wrightstone is not in the top 100! He was a Phillie in the 20′s but maybe those who made this list don’t know their team’s history. Randy Lerch?????? Good lord.

  • Posts: 0 Softball Nut

    Robin Roberts is the best pitcher in Phillies history. He accomplished all his Phillies records with Phillies teams that recorded 160 more losses than wins. While Carlton was blessed to pitch for Phillies teams that were 120 wins over the .500 mark. Alexander’s Phillies teams had 97 more wins than losses. It’s easy to see how much more he did with far less to play with. He pitched 28 complete games in a row, while in between these start also being used to relief pitch numerous times.

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