Which Philadelphia Phillie …?

Recognize him?  He is the answer to question No. 5.

Recognize him? He is the answer to question No. 5.

The Philadelphia Phillies began play in 1883 at long-gone Recreation Park. The team took nearly 100 years to bring home a World Series, finally winning it all in 1980. Philadelphia’s 2008 club also won the Series.

The Phillies also have spent many seasons in the cellar or close to it.  Fans grumbled through harsh decades in the 1920s, ’30s and more. Despite several runs of losing seasons, though, the Phillies have had many great players in their franchise history. Do you know “Which Phillie” is the answer to the questions below? Good luck!

  1. Which Phillies outfielder stole at least 100 bases in a season three times for the Phillies? Hint: His modern-day namesake also likes to run.
  2. Which Phillies pitcher led the league in wins and strikeouts in five of his seven full seasons with the team?
  3. Which Phillies slugger hit 24 home runs in 1915 to set what was then a modern-day record?
  4. Which Phillies outfielder led the N.L. in home runs twice, batting average twice and RBI three times?
  5. Which Phillies Hall of Famer drove in 1,305 runs during a career that lasted just 1,410 games?
  6. Which Phillies pitcher won at least 20 games in six straight seasons, 1950-55?
  7. Which beloved Phillies player once hit a foul ball into the stands that struck a fan and then hit another ball that struck the same fan while she was being carried off in a stretcher?
  8. Which Phillies pitcher later served two terms as a U.S. senator from Kentucky?
  9. Which Phillies reliever recorded the final six outs to end the 1980 World Series?
  10. Which Philadelphia Phillies great won the National League MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1987?
      • “Sliding” Billy Hamilton. The speedster from Newark, N.J., the son of Irish immigrants, broke in with the Kansas City Cowboys of the American Association in 1888 and stole 111 bases. Sold to the Phillies in 1890, Hamilton led the league in steals five times and stole 912, 914 or 937 bases during his Hall of Fame career, depending on your source. The current Billy Hamilton in baseball, with the Cincinnati Reds, also is a frequent threat to go.
      • Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander. Named in honor of the former president, of course, Alexander went by “Pete” most of the time. He broke in with the Phillies by winning 28 games in 1911 and collected 190 of his 373 career wins in Philadelphia. He won at least 30 games three times. His top strikeout total was 241 in 1915.
      • “Cactus” Gavvy Cravath. Born in Poway, Calif., in 1881 (or nearby Escondido, depending on the source), Cravath supposedly was the first major leaguer to hail from the San Diego area. He led the league in homers six times, the first player to do so.
      • Ed “Big Ed” Delahanty. Out of Cleveland, Ohio, the right-handed batter hit .400 three times and .346 lifetime. The Hall of Famer collected 2,596 in his career, spent mostly with the Phillies.
      • Sam Thompson. The right-fielder from Danville, Ind., sported a nifty handlebar mustache and a dangerous bat. What a run producer. He drove in 166 runs in 127 games for the 1887 Detroit Wolverines (forerunner of the Tigers) and 147 in 102 games for the 1894 Phillies. He also scored more than 100 runs in both seasons
      • Robin Roberts. The right-handed workhorse put together a series of big years for the Phillies. He logged lots of innings (six seasons of 300-plus innings and 97.1 in another) and won lots of game, including 28 in 1952. From 1951-54, he finished with WARs of 8.0, 8.3, 9.8 and 9.0, respectively. A Hall of Famer, he won 286 games in a 19-year career.
      • Richie Ashburn. The centerfield only hit 29 home runs in his 15-year career. Even so, he collected 63.4 WAR points, in part due to his solid defense, in part due to his .396 on-base percentage (.308 batting average). And, yes, on Aug. 17, 1957, Ashburn konked Alice Roth twice with a batted ball. And, supposedly, they later became friends.
      • Jim Bunning. The 6-foot-3-inch right-hander came up with the Tigers in 1955. He made five All-Star teams while in Detroit and was traded to Philadelphia before the 1964 season. Bunning was 32 years ago, but he wasn’t done. He made two more All-Star teams and probably should have been the N.L. Cy Young Award winner in 1966. Bunning won 20 games just once in his career, but the Hall of Famer won four times. A Kentucky congressman from 1987-99, the Republican went from there to the Senate.
      • Frank “Tug” McGraw. The quirky relief pitcher from northern California appeared in 824 games in his career, only 39 as a starter. He split his career with the New York Mets and the Phillies. He pitched for the Miracle Mets of 1969, the “You Gotta Believe Mets” of 1973 and the first-ever World Series-winning Phillies squad.
      • Mike Schmidt. Maybe the greatest third baseman of all-time and the greatest Phillie, Schmidt belted 548 home runs in his career. The first-ballot Hall of Famer led the NL in dingers eight times. He hit a career-high 48 in 1980. He compiled 106.5 WAR points in 19 seasons, 12 as an All-Star. Schmidt also won 10 Gold Gloves.

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