Amazing Phillies Feats: The Greatest Player Performances in Philadelphia Phillies History

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6 x 9", 216pp, 34 photos. Colorful accounts of 33 incredible player performances by pre-eminent Phillies historian Rich Westcott.
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The Philadelphia Phillies enjoy one of baseball’s longest and richest team histories, now in their 138th year of existence. And while championships have been few, there has been no shortage of great players and great achievements for the Phils—from their late 19th century sluggers, to the Cinderella 1950 Whiz Kids, to the superstars of the 1960s and 1970s, to the heroes of their two World Series titles.

Legendary Philadelphia sportswriter, Rich Westcott, is uniquely qualified to write Amazing Phillies Feats. Westcott draws from his encyclopedic knowledge of the team to select 33 of the most thrilling, unforgettable, and amazing accomplishments in team history. Each chapter is filled with background on the featured player, funny and insightful quotations—many taken from the author’s own interviews—and stats that go beyond what can be found in mainstream references.

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  • Billy Hamilton, the Rickey Henderson of the 1890s, who set the now 126-year-old single-season record for runs scored
  • Eddie Waitkus, who was shot in a hotel room by a crazed fan—the inspiration for Bernard Malamud’s The Natural
  • Richie Ashburn’s throw home in 1950 to cut off a Brooklyn run that would have given them the pennant
  • Jimmy Rollins’ team-record 38-game hitting streak
  • Chase Utley becoming the second player ever to blast 5 home runs in a World Series
  • Roy Halladay’s 2 no-hit games in one season

Westcott uses his storytelling gift to weave together informative, entertaining, and affection-filled jaunts through the greatest highlights from Phillies history that Phanatics will love and other fans will appreciate and learn from.

Foreword by Bill Giles

         Acknowledgements

         Introduction

  1. Billy Hamilton – The Most Runs Ever Scored (1894)
  2. Ed Delahanty -- An Unmatchable Season Withthe Bat (1899)
  3. Grover Cleveland Alexander – 16 Shutouts in One Season (1916)
  4. Gavvy Cravath – Six Home Run Titles in Seven Years (1910s)
  5. Cy Williams – Hit 15 Home Runs in Just One Month (1922)
  6. Chuck Klein – Winner of That Rare Triple Crown (1933)
  7. Danny Litwhiler – First Errorless Season for an Outfielder (1942)
  8. Phillies Batters Slam Five Home Runs in One Inning (1949)
  9. Eddie Waitkus – Came Back to Play After Getting Shot (1949-1950)
  10. Richie Ashburn – The Throw That Led to a Pennant (1950)
  11. Dick Sisler – 10th Inning Home Run Won The Pennant (1950)
  12. Jim Konstanty – The First Reliever to Win an MVP (1950)
  13. Robin Roberts – Hurled 28 Straight Complete Games (1952-1953)
  14. Gene Conley - Played Two Pro Sports Simultaneously (1959-1960)
  15. Art Mahaffey - Struck Out 17 Batters in One Game (1961)
  16. Jim Bunning – The First Perfect Game in Team History (1964)
  17. Johnny Callison – Hit All-Star Game’s Greatest Home Run (1964)
  18. Dick Allen – A Hitting Binge Like Few Ever Had (1966)
  19. Rick Wise - A No-Hitter and Two Homers in the Same Game (1971)
  20. Steve Carlton – Won 27 of the Team’s 59 Victories (1972)
  21. Mike Schmidt – Four Home Runs in One Amazing Game (1976)
  22. Larry Bowa -  A Record-Setting Year as a Shortstop (1979)
  23. Tug McGraw – Strikeout Clinched First World Championship (1980)
  24. Pete Rose – Set National League Record for Most Career Hits (1981)
  25. Mickey Morandini – The Phillies’ First Unassisted Triple Play (1992)
  26. Mitch Williams – Pitcher Slugged a Walkoff Single at 4:40 AM (1993)
  27. Curt Schilling – Two Straight 300-Strikeout Seasons (1997-1998)
  28. Jimmy Rollins – Hit in a Team Record 38 Straight Games (2005-2006)
  29. Ryan Howard – Smashed 58 Home Runs in One Season (2006)
  30. Brad Lidge – A Perfect Season as a Closer (2008)
  31. Chase Utley – Blasted Five Home Runs in One World Series (2008)
  32. Jamie Moyer – Oldest Pitcher Ever to Throw a Shutout (2010)
  33. Roy Halladay – Fired Two No-Hitters in One Season (2010)
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