Phillies World Series nuggets

October 23rd, 2019

The Phillies have been in seven World Series: 1915 (vs. Boston Red Sox), 1950 (vs. New York Yankees), 1980 (vs. Kansas City Royals), 1983 (vs. Baltimore Orioles), 1993 (vs. Toronto Blue Jays), 2008 (vs. Tampa Bay Rays) and 2009 (vs. Yankees). Home ballparks have included Baker Bowl, Shibe Park, Veterans Stadium and Citizens Bank Park.

Nuggets by individual players range from A (Alexander) to U (Utley):

• Grover Cleveland Alexander not only won the Phillies' first game but got their first hit (third-inning single) vs. Red Sox, Game 1, 1915.

• Phillies have two world championships -- 1980 and 2008; last out in 1980 was a strikeout by No. 45, LH Tug McGraw, and the last out in 2008 was a strikeout by No. 54, RH Brad Lidge.

• Two were named MVPs, Mike Schmidt (1980) and Cole Hamels (2008).

• Final out in each win in 1980 vs. the Royals was a strikeout, Willie Wilson by Tug McGraw, Game 1; John Wathan by Ron Reed, Game #2; Jose Cardenal vs. Tug, Game 5; Wilson by Tug, Game 6.

• One Phillies player homered in his first plate appearance: Chase Utley, Game 1, 2008.

• First baseman Fred Luderus hit the Phillies' first home run, in Game 5, 1915. Another first baseman, Ryan Howard, hit the last home run, Game 6, 2009. (Not the “last” forever but currently).

• Third baseman Mike Schmidt drove in the winning run in the 1980 clincher, Game 6. Third baseman Pedro Feliz did the same in the 2008 clincher, Game 5.

• Chase Utley is the lone Phillies player to hit two home runs in a game and he did it twice in 2009, Game 1 at Yankee Stadium and Game 5 at Citizens Bank.

• Joe Blanton is the only Phillies pitcher to hit a home run, Game 4, 2008.

• Eric Bruntlett has the only pinch-hit home run, Game 2, 2008. He scored the winning run in Game 3 and Game 5, 2008.

• Most wins in a single series: 2, Steve Carlton, 1980; J. C. Romero, 2008; Cliff Lee, 2009.

• Steve Carlton has the most strikeouts in a single series, 17 (1980).

• Tug McGraw (1980) and Brad Lidge (2008) have the most saves in a single series, 2.

• Mariano Duncan has the most hits in a single series, 10 (1993).

• Jayson Werth has the highest batting average in a single series, .444 (8-18), 2008.

• Chase Utley has the most home runs in a single series, 5 (2009) and the most all-time, 7.