Saturday, January 3, 2015

Top 20 Philadelphia Phillies Influencers of All-Time

The Philadelphia Phillies have a history stretching back to the 1883 season in the National League.

Many players, front office personnel, and others have contributed greatly to the team and its enjoyment by the fan base since that time.

I ran a series for Fansided's "That Ball's Outta Here" website during early January that highlighted those who I considered the "Top 20 Phillies of All-Time", those individuals who my research found had played the largest roles in team success and enjoyment.

Those twenty individuals are listed here. Just click on each name to view their individual story and contribution to the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Ten of them are already on the Phillies Wall of Fame. At least four others, and possibly a few more, are sure to eventually end up honored there by the club itself.

As always with this type of list, it is purely subjective. It is my opinion and rank. I am quite sure others would list different players, or some of these in a different order. Would love to hear your own ranking as well.


20. Al Reach - owner/founder

19. Harry Wright - first winning manager

18. Dan Baker - public address announcer

17. John Vukovich - player/coach / Wall of Fame

16. Ed Wade - general manager

15. By Saam - tv/radio broadcaster

14. Darren Daulton - catcher / Wall of Fame

13. Robin Roberts - pitcher / Wall of Fame

12. Charlie Manuel - manager / Wall of Fame

11. Dallas Green - manager/farm director / Wall of Fame

10. Harry Kalas - tv/radio broadcaster / Wall of Fame

 9. Paul Owens - manager/GM/farm director/scout / Wall of Fame

 8. Chase Utley - second baseman

 7. Ryan Howard - first baseman

 6. Pete Rose - first baseman

 5. Cole Hamels - pitcher

 4. Jimmy Rollins - shortstop

 3. Richie Ashburn - outfielder/broadcaster / Wall of Fame

 2. Steve Carlton - pitcher / Wall of Fame

 1. Mike Schmidt - third baseman/broadcaster / Wall of Fame

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