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The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the MLB’s most traditional teams, with a fighting mentality these players were able to earn a soft spot for the often harsh Philadelphia sports fans.

The Philadelphia Phillies were founded way back in 1883 as the Philadelphia Quakers, they officially took on the name Phillies in 1890 and have been a staple of Philadelphia sports ever since. The Fightin’ Phils have won a total of two World Series titles to go along with seven National League pennants.

Coming up with a list of the top 10 players in team history was not an easy task, but we have narrowed down the list to 25 players that have shown the grit, elegance, and fighting spirit of the Philadelphia Phillies. Here are the 10 greatest players in Philadelphia Phillies history!

10. John Kruk – Outfielder

John Kruk

Stats: .300 BA, Home Runs: 100, RBI’s: 592
Accolades: 3× All-Star, Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
Championships: 0

John Kruk was pure heart, a tough and hard nose first baseman and later outfielder. Kruk was a contact hitter, getting on base often and being a three time All-Star in 1991-1993. Off the field Kruk was known as something of a clown and he was Lenny Dkystra’s drinking buddy, nonetheless he is one of the clubs most famous and favorite Phillies players ever.

9. Del Ennis – Outfielder

Del Ennis

Stats: .284 BA, Home Runs: 288, RBI’s: 1,284
Accolades: 3× All-Star, NL RBI leader (1950), Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
Championships: 0

Del Ennis was known as a power hitter, he played for the club for 11 seasons. Ennis hit 259 home runs and 310 doubles. Ennis was a three time All-Star, one of the best players in the 1950s for the club.

8. Pete Rose – Various Positions

Pete Rose

Stats: .303 BA, 160 Home Runs, 4,256 Hits
Accolades: 17× All-Star, NL MVP (1973), World Series MVP (1975), NL Rookie of the Year (1963), 2× Gold Glove Award (1969, 1970), Roberto Clemente Award (1976), 3× NL batting champion (1968, 1969, 1973), Cincinnati Reds No. 14 retired, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball All-Century Team
Championships: 3

The infamous Pete Rose played 5 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and won 1 championship with the club. What can be said about Rose which hasn’t already been said? One of the games best players, Philadelphia had him and won with him.

7. Ryan Howard – FB

Ryan Howard

Stats: .258 BA, 382 Home Runs, RBI’s: 1,194
Accolades: 3× All-Star, NL MVP (2006),NL Rookie of the Year (2005), NLCS MVP (2009), Silver Slugger Award (2006), 2× MLB home run leader (2006, 2008), 3× MLB RBI leader (2006, 2008, 2009)
Championships: 1

A one team man, Ryan Howard is Philadelphia. Just take a look at his accolades he did it all in a Phillies uniform, to cap it off he won the 2008 World Series. At one point Howard won every major award while playing for the Phillies.

6. Chase Utley – 2B

Chase Utley

Stats: .275 BA, Home Runs: 259, RBI’s: 1,025
Accolades: 6× All-Star (2006–2010, 2014), 4× Silver Slugger Award (2006–2009)
Championships: 1

Chase Utley was all intensity, he played in all of his All-Star games while being a Philadelphia Phillie player. A central piece of the infield in the 2008 championship, in 2009 he stole 23 bases. Utley also participated in seven no-hitters in which he won 4 of them.

5. Tug McGraw – P

Tug McGraw

Stats: 96-92 W-L, ERA: 3.14, Strikeouts: 1,109, Saves: 180
Accolades: 2× All-Star (1972, 1975), New York Mets Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
Championships: 2

Tug McGraw won two World Series in his career and 1 with the Phillies, he was a clutch relief pitcher for the club for 10 seasons. McGraw is famous for this statement he made upon winning the 1980 series: “All through baseball history, Philadelphia has had to take a back seat to New York City. Well, New York City can take this world championship and stick it! ‘CAUSE WE’RE NUMBER ONE!”

4. Richie Ashburn – CF

Richie Ashburn

Stats: .308 BA, 29 Home Runs, 586 RBI’s
Accolades: 6× All-Star, 2× NL batting champion (1955, 1958), NL stolen base leader (1948), Philadelphia Phillies No. 1 retired, Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
Championships: 0

Richie Ashburn was all hustle, known as “Whitey”, Ashburn led the league in games played, hits, triples, walks, and stolen bases at least once. In Philadelphia he hit for .311 and when his playing days ended he became one of the most recognizable voices in the broadcast booth.

3. Jimmy Rollins – SS

Jimmy Rollins

Stats: .264 BA, 231 Home Runs, 470 Stolen bases
Accolades: 3× All-Star, NL MVP (2007), 4× Gold Glove Award (2007–2009, 2012), Silver Slugger Award (2007), NL stolen base leader (2001)
Championships: 1

Jimmy Rollins is a modern day Philadelphia hero, not only did he just light up the scoreboard when playing for the Phillies, he also was a strong community activist. The 2007 NL MVP was clutch for the team in their 2008 title run. One of the best players in the Phillies modern era.

2. Steve Carlton – P

Steve Carlton

Stats: 329-244 W-L, 3.22 ERA, Strikeouts: 4,136
Accolades: 10× All-Star, 4× NL Cy Young Award (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982), Triple Crown (1972), 4× NL wins leader (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982), 5× NL strikeout leader (1972, 1974, 1980, 1982, 1983), Philadelphia Phillies No. 32 retired, Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
Championships: 2

Steve Carlton was the greatest pitcher in Phillies history, with 4 Cy Young Awards during his stint and the ace of the 1980 World Series team. No pitcher has dominated like Carlton dominated while with the Phillies.

1. Mike Schmidt – 3B

Mike Schmidt

Stats: .267 BA, 548 Home Runs, 2,234 Hits
Accolades: 12× All-Star, 3× NL MVP (1980, 1981, 1986), World Series MVP (1980), 10× Gold Glove Award (1976–1984, 1986), 6× Silver Slugger Award (1980–1984, 1986), 8× NL home run leader (1974–1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986), 4× NL RBI leader (1980, 1981, 1984, 1986), Hit 4 home runs in one game on April 17, 1976, Philadelphia Phillies No. 20 retired, Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame, Major League Baseball All-Century Team, Major League Baseball All-Time Team
Championships: 1

Mike Schmidt is the greatest Philadelphia Phillie of all-time, no questions asked. Just take a look at his accolades. Does it get any better than that? Schmidt has a statue of himself outside the teams stadium and is a living legend. Mike Schmidt is the Philadelphia Phillies, like Babe Ruth is to the New York Yankees. Simply the best.

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