Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster

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The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, pictured here with President Barack Obama, defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win the franchise's second World Series championship;[1] 40 players represented the Phillies during that season.[2]

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The team has played officially under two names since beginning play in 1883: the current moniker, as well as the "Quakers", which was used in conjunction with "Phillies" during the team's early history.[3][4] The team was also known unofficially as the "Blue Jays" during the World War II era.[5] Since the franchise's inception, 1,892 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team, whether as an offensive player (batting and baserunning) or a defensive player (fielding, pitching, or both).

Of those 1,892 Phillies, 202 players have had surnames beginning with the letter M, which is the largest total of any single letter, followed by S with 187 players. The highest numbers of individual batters belongs to M (115), and S has the most pitchers (90). The letters with the smallest representation are Q (5 players), U (6 players), Z (7 players), and Y (8 players); however, there has never been a Phillies player, nor a player in Major League Baseball history, whose surname begins with the letter X.[6][7]

Thirty-two players in Phillies history have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Those players for whom the Hall recognizes the Phillies as their primary team include Grover Cleveland Alexander, Richie Ashburn, Dave Bancroft, Steve Carlton, Ed Delahanty, Billy Hamilton, Chuck Klein, Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt, and Sam Thompson; manager Harry Wright was also inducted for his contributions with the club.[8] The Phillies have retired numbers for six players, including Schmidt (#20), Carlton (#32), Ashburn (#1), Roberts (#36), and Jim Bunning (#14); the sixth retired number is Jackie Robinson's #42, which was retired throughout baseball in 1997. The Phillies also honor two additional players with the letter "P" in the manner of a retired number: Alexander played before numbers were used in the major leagues; and Klein wore a variety of numbers in his Phillies career.[9]

Thirty-six Phillies players have been elected to the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame. All of the players listed above (save Robinson) have been elected; also included are Dick Allen, Bob Boone, Larry Bowa, Johnny Callison, Gavvy Cravath, Darren Daulton, Del Ennis, Jimmie Foxx, Dallas Green, Granny Hamner, Willie Jones, John Kruk, Mike Lieberthal, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, Sherry Magee, Tug McGraw, Juan Samuel, Curt Schilling, Bobby Shantz, Chris Short, Curt Simmons, Tony Taylor, John Vukovich, and Cy Williams. Foxx and Shantz were inducted for their contributions as members of the Philadelphia Athletics. Two non-players are also members of the Wall of Fame for their contributions to the Phillies: broadcaster Harry Kalas; and manager, general manager, and team executive Paul Owens.[10]

A double row of two-tone bronze-colored plaques mounted on a brick wall
One Phillies player or team figure has been inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame annually since 1978.[10]
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The 1887 Phillies began to play at Baker Bowl, their long-term home, after four years playing in Recreation Park.[11]

Key to abbreviations in column headers
Bat Number of batters[a]
Pitch Number of pitchers
HoF Number of members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
WoF Number of members of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame
Ret # Number of players for whom a number has been retired
Records Number of career franchise records held by players in that list
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The 1888 Phillies, sometimes known as the "Quakers", were skippered by manager Harry Wright (back row, center).[12]
Two rows of men wearing white old-style baseball uniforms with large block "P"s over the left breast and old-style crownless baseball caps
The 1915 Phillies made the franchise's first World Series appearance, led by Wall of Fame outfielder Gavvy Cravath and Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander.[13]
List of letters, showing the number of players whose surnames start with each letter and who meet various qualifications
Letter Players[14][15] Bat[14] Pitch[15] HoF[16] WoF[10] Ret #[9] Records[17][18]
A 51 34 17 3 2 2 1
B 180 95 85 4 4 1 0
C 143[C] 78 66 2 3 1 2
D 99[D] 60 40 2 2 0 3
E 32 16 16 1 1 0 0
F 79[F] 43 38 2 1 0 0
G 82[G] 50 33 0 1 0 0
H 133[H] 73 62 1 2 0 3
I 10 7 3 0 0 0 0
J 57 27 30 2 1 0 0
K 68 32 36 2 2 1 2
L 101[L] 56 46 1 1 0 0
M 202[M] 115 89 2 3 0 2
N 33[N] 17 17 1 0 0 0
O 26 15 11 0 0 0 0
P 88 45 43 1 0 0 0
Q 5 2 3 0 0 0 0
R 97 49 48 2 1 1 3
S 187[S] 99 90 3 5 1 4
T 58 36 22 1 2 0 0
U 6 3 3 0 0 0 0
V 24 15 9 0 2 0 0
W 114[W] 60 55 2 1 0 0
X 0
Y 8 6 2 0 0 0 0
Z 7 4 3 0 0 0 0
Total 1,892 1,037 871 32 32 8[#] 19

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Footnotes[edit]

Key
  • a For the purpose of this list, all non-pitching positions, including pinch hitters and pinch runners, are included in this tally.
Table
  • C One player, Bert Conn, was both a pitcher and a second baseman.
  • D One player, Ed Daily, was both a pitcher and an outfielder.
  • F Two Phillies played as pitchers and position players; Harry Felix was both a pitcher and a third baseman, and Patsy Flaherty played center field in addition to pitching.
  • G One player, Kid Gleason, was both a pitcher and a second baseman.
  • H Two Phillies played as pitchers and position players; Bill Harman was both a catcher and a pitcher, and Hardie Henderson played left field in addition to pitching.
  • L One player, Johnny Lush, was both a pitcher and a first baseman.
  • M Two Phillies played as pitchers and position players; Al Maul was both a left fielder and a pitcher, and Elmer Miller played right field in addition to pitching.
  • N One player, Jack Neagle, was both a pitcher and a left fielder.
  • S Two Phillies played as pitchers and position players; Edgar Smith was both a left fielder and a pitcher, and John Strike played right field in addition to pitching.
  • W One player, Bucky Walters, was both a pitcher and a third baseman.
  • # The eighth retired number is 42, retired throughout Major League Baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson.

References[edit]

General
Inline citations
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  10. ^ a b c "Phillies Wall of Fame". Phillies.MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ Gordon, Robert; Burgoyne, Tom (2005). Movin' On Up. BB&A Publishers. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-9754419-3-0. 
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  13. ^ "1915 Philadelphia Quakers Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
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  15. ^ a b "Philadelphia Phillies Player Career Pitching Register". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  16. ^ "National Baseball Hall of Fame Members" (pdf). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
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  19. ^ Zolecki, Todd (October 3, 2010). "For first time, Phillies finish with best record". Phillies.MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 7, 2010.