We all know Ryan Howard owns the Phillies record for most home runs in a single season, a whopping 58 in 2006, his first full season in the Majors.But who held the record first?A journey through Baseball-Reference.com revealed that three players shared that record following the Phillies' first season in
We all know Ryan Howard owns the Phillies record for most home runs in a single season, a whopping 58 in 2006, his first full season in the Majors.
But who held the record first?
A journey through Baseball-Reference.com revealed that three players shared that record following the Phillies' first season in 1883: catcher Emil Gross, shortstop Bill McClellan and third baseman Blondie Purcell each hit one.
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Yep, one. McClellan has the distinction of hitting the Phillies' first home run ever, on June 20.
Here's the parade since that inaugural season:
Jack Manning: 5 in 1884
A right-handed-hitting right fielder and first baseman who played three years with the franchise (1883-85), Manning finished his Phillies career with eight homers in 309 games. He is the first Phillies player to hit three home runs in a game on Oct. 9, 1884, vs. the White Stockings in Chicago.
Joe Mulvey: 6 in 1885
A right-handed-hitting third baseman, Mulvey ranks fifth on the Phillies' all-time list in games played at the hot corner after all these years, 682. He wore a Phillies uniform from 1883-89 and in 1892, and he finished his Phils career with 18 homers.
George Wood: 14 in 1887
A left-handed-hitting outfielder with the Phillies from 1886-89, Wood hit 29 homers in 422 Phillies games. On Opening Day 1887, he hit the first home run in the Phillies' new ballpark, Baker Bowl.
Sam Thompson: 20 in 1889
Another left-handed-hitting outfielder, Thompson was first National Leaguer to hit 20 in a season. He also led the NL in homers in 1895 with 18. He played for the Phillies from 1889-98 and hit 95 homers in 1,034 games. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1996.
Gavvy Cravath: 24 in 1915
Cravath broke Thompson's record on Sept. 10, 1915, off Jeff Tesreau of the New York Giants at Baker Bowl. He was the top NL home run hitter of the early 20th century, leading the league six times. His 24 for the pennant-winning Phillies was the Major League high until Babe Ruth broke the record in 1919. The right-handed hitting right-fielder played for the Phillies from 1912-20 and hit 117 home runs in 1,103 games. He was posthumously inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2000.
Cy Williams: 26 in 1922, 41 in 1923
Williams broke Cravath's record on Oct. 1, 1922, off Burleigh Grimes in Brooklyn. The next year, Williams surpassed his own record with No. 27 on July 14 off Clyde Barfoot in St. Louis. Acquired in a December 1917 trade with the Cubs, Williams was the Phillies' regular center fielder from 1918-1930. The left-handed hitter led the NL in home runs three times with the Phillies and was the first in the league to reach 200. In 1,463 games with them, he hit 217 home runs, and he was posthumously inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1986.
Chuck Klein: 43 in 1929
Klein passed Williams on Sept. 27, 1929, against Dixie Leverett in Boston. During the 1928 Minor League season -- in which he played 88 games and hit .331 with 26 home runs -- the Phillies purchased his contract from Fort Wayne for $5,500, out-bidding the New York Yankees. He led the NL in homers four times and he was the starting right fielder in the first All-Star Game (1933). In his Phillies career, he played in 1,405 games and launched 243 home runs. He was posthumously inducted into both the Baseball Hall of Fame and Phillies Wall of Fame in 1980.
Mike Schmidt: 48 in 1980
Exactly 51 years after Klein set a club record, Schmidt hit No. 44 off Scott Sanderson of the Expos at the Vet. A shortstop at Ohio University, selected in the second round of the 1971 Draft, Schmidt turned into the greatest all-around third baseman in the game's history. He won or tied for the NL home run crown eight times out of his 18 seasons with the Phillies. He finished with 548 home runs -- the most in team history -- in 2,404 games. He was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1990 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in '95.
Howard: 58 in 2006
Howard tied Schmidt's 26-year-old record on Aug. 29. Two days later, he hit No. 49 in typical Howard fashion, a mammoth home run into Section 461 of the RFK Stadium upper deck in Washington, D.C. He became the first Phillies player to reach 50 when he went deep three times against Atlanta at home on Sept. 3. He finished with 382 for Philadelphia, second only to Schmidt, in 1,572 games.