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Chart time: Schmidt's on-base streak

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Mike Schmidt is the leader on a lot of Phillies all-time charts: games, runs, home runs, RBI, total bases, extra base hits, walks, strikeouts, sacrifice flies, walk-off homers and extra-inning homers. Not surprising.

Odubel Herrera's consecutive-game on-base streak earlier this season revealed the leader on that chart is also the Hall of Fame third baseman. Credit goes to the team's baseball communication whizzes for researching the list.

Mike Schmidt is the leader on a lot of Phillies all-time charts: games, runs, home runs, RBI, total bases, extra base hits, walks, strikeouts, sacrifice flies, walk-off homers and extra-inning homers. Not surprising.

Odubel Herrera's consecutive-game on-base streak earlier this season revealed the leader on that chart is also the Hall of Fame third baseman. Credit goes to the team's baseball communication whizzes for researching the list.

Mike Schmidt (1981-82), 56 games
Chuck Klein (1930), 49 games
Bobby Abreu (2000-01), 48 games
Odubel Herrera (2017-18), 45 games
Chuck Klein (1931), 44 games
Don Hurst (1929), 41 games
Pete Rose (1982), 41 games
Willie Montanez (1974), 40 games
Jimmy Rollins (2005-06), 38 games
Scott Rolen (1998-99), 38 games

Who holds the MLB record for the longest streak? Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox, 1949, 84 games. Yes, 84.

Schmidt's streak was Aug. 16, 1981-May 8, 1982. He had 58 hits and 49 walks. It included 17 homers, 53 RBIs and a .330 average. Schmidt's longest hitting streak in that streak was seven games.

Another Hall of Famer, Klein, is second, with a streak from June 26 (the second game of a doubleheader) to Aug. 10, 1930. He had 83 hits and 16 walks, while batting .409 with 10 homers and 50 RBIs. Kleinhit safely in 45 of the 49 games, including a 26-game streak. Later that same season, he hit safely in 26 games again.

Hard to believe
Richie Ashburn spent 12 years in a Phillies uniform. He led the league in hits three times and walks three times, and he won two batting titles. Ashburn batted .311 (fifth all time), with an on-base percentage of .394 (sixth all-time). He was considered the premier leadoff hitter of his time.

Yet, Ashburn is not in the Phillies' all-time top 10 in consecutive on-base streaks. Borrowing one of his famous lines as a broadcaster, "Hard to believe, Harry."

Larry Shenk is in charge of alumni relations and team historian for the Phillies.

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