Greatest Phillies Sluggers of All-Time
The Philadelphia Phillies have been a major league baseball franchise since the late 1800's. That makes it extremely hard to believe that the team boasts only one championship, in 1980, but they have had their chances by winning five NL pennants and seven division crowns. The Phils have also fielded some great hitters over the years, and what follows is an all-time Top 10 in home runs for the team:
Mike Schmidt (548)-Mike Schmidt is one of the greatest hitting third baseman of all-time and ranks twelfth in baseball history with 548 home runs. Schmidt played his entire career with the Phillies, from 1972 to 1989. He won three NL MVP Awards and helped the Phils to their only World Series title, in 1980. Schmidt had thirteen seasons with over 30 homers, and his best season was 1980 when he batted .286 with career highs in home runs (48) and runs batted in (121).
Del Ennis (259)-Outfielder Del Ennis played for the Phillies from 1946 to 1956 and ranks second in franchise history with 259 homers. His best season was 1950, when Ennis clubbed 31 homers with 126 RBI (both career highs) and a .311 batting average.
Chuck Klein (243)-Outfielder Chuck Klein played for the Phillies for most of his career, which spanned from 1928 to 1944. Klein had exactly 300 career home runs, and 243 of those were with the Phillies. Klein won an MVP Award in 1932 and hit a career high 43 homers in 1929, but those weren't his best season. That was 1930, when Klein hit .386 with 40 homers and 170 RBI.
Pat Burrell (241)-Pat Burrell has been with the Phillies since he broke into the majors in 2000, and he's currently roaming the outfield in 2008 and still banging out home runs. Burrell is fourth in team history with 241 home runs, and his best season was 2002 when he batted .282 with 37 home runs and 116 runs batted in.
Greg Luzinski (223)-Greg "The Bull" Luzinski played for the Phillies for most of his career, from 1970 to 1980 and was always an imposing figure at home plate to the opposing pitcher and to anyone watching him hit. Luzinski ranks fifth in Phils' history with 223 home runs, and his best season there was 1977, when he had career highs in batting average (.309), homers (39) and RBI (130).
Cy Williams (217)-Outfielder Cy Williams began his career with the Cubs, but didn't start to blossom as a hitter until he joined the Phillies. Williams played for Philadelphia from 1918 to 1930 and ranks sixth in their history with 217 home runs. His best season with the team was 1923, when he hit .293 with 41 homers and 114 RBI.
Dick Allen (204)-First baseman Dick Allen was another very imposing power threat, and he played for the Phils from 1963 to 1969. He ranks seventh in team history with 204 homers, and Allen won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1964. His best season in Philly was 1966, when Allen batted .317 with 40 homers (career high) and 110 RBI.
Bobby Abreu (195)-Bobby Abreu began his career in Houston but came into his own with Philadelphia, where he played from 1998 to 2006. Abreu ranks eighth in Philly history with 195 home runs, and his best season there was 2001, when he batted .289 with career highs in homers (31) and RBI (110), and even added 36 stolen bases and 48 doubles.
Johnny Callison (185)-Outfielder Johnny Callison played most of his career with the Phillies, from 1960 to 1969 and ranks ninth in their history with 185 home runs. Callison's best season was 1965 when he hit a career best 32 homers, hit .262 and drove in 101 runs.
Willie Jones (180)-Third baseman Willie Jones played for the Phillies from 1947 to 1959, and ranks tenth in franchise history with 180 homers. Jones' best season in a Phils' uniform was 1950, when he hit .267 with career highs in home runs (25) and runs batted in (88).