Living in a sports-crazed city, I can say without hesitation that the Philadelphia Phillies is the team I have cared about in baseball ever since I was a kid. From the likes of Grover Cleveland to Larry Bowa, the Phillies has provided me a reason to take baseball seriously—more than the cheesesteak rolls during matches.
With an appreciation of the past and a sense of the present, I have personally picked three of the greatest Phillies of all time:
Perhaps the greatest third baseman of all time, Schimdt’s name will be remembered for generations to come. Since his retirement, Mike had hit 548 home runs and won three MVP awards. His fame and hard work will always be associated with the greatness of MLB.
In my opinion, the best pitcher that the league has ever seen. Name 10 Hall of Fame pitches, his name could easily make it to the top. Listed among Phillies Nation’s greatest Phillies of all time, this lefty holds the record with the second-most lifetime strikeouts of any left-handed pitcher and the second-most lifetime wins of any left-handed pitcher. What else can I say?
Like Steve, pitching for him was a piece of cake. A Hall of Famer, he holds a 286–245 record with 2,357 strikeouts, a 3.41 ERA, 305 complete games, 45 shutouts, and 4,688⅔ innings pitched in 676 games.
It may have been more than five years since their last championship, but my love for the Phillies will live forever. Here’s hoping for a triumphant 2015 season!