The Phillies played their inaugural season in 1883, meaning they are one of baseball's oldest franchises. Still, they have retired only five numbers in that time. Well, seven, if you include Grover Cleveland Alexander and Chuck Klein. The Phillies have no official policy on retired numbers, although unofficially in the past couple decades they have said they will only retire players elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
HT: 5-10; WT: 170
BORN: March 19, 1927, Tilden, NE
DIED: September 9, 1997
CAREER: Played 12 years with the Phillies (1948-59) and was regarded as one of the best leadoff hitters and defensive players in the game ... Also played with the Cubs (1960-61) and New York Mets (1962), ending his playing career in 1962 with a .306 average.
HOW OBTAINED: Signed to a $3,500 bonus in 1945 as a catcher.
HT: 6-3; WT: 195
BORN: October 23, 1931, Southgate, KY ... Elected to the United States Senate from Kentucky in 1998.
CAREER: Pitched in 17 major league seasons, 1955-1971: Detroit Tigers (1955-63), Phillies (1964-67; 1970-71), Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-69) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1969) ... Managed in the Phillies minor league system for five years following his playing career.
HOW OBTAINED: Acquired along with C Gus Triandos from Detroit for OF Don Demeter and RHP Jack Hamilton, December 5, 1963.
HT: 6-2; WT: 203
BORN: September 27, 1949, Dayton, OH.
CAREER: Played his entire 18-year career with the Phillies establishing himself as the greatest overall third baseman in the game.
HOW OBTAINED: Phillies second-round selection in the June, 1971 amateur draft out of Ohio University where he was a shortstop.
HT: 6-5; WT: 210
BORN: December 22, 1944, Miami, FL.
CAREER: Pitched 15 years with the Phillies from 1972-86 ... Broke in with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 ... Also pitched for the San Francisco Giants (1986), Chicago White Sox (1986), Cleveland Indians (1987) and Minnesota Twins (1987-88) before retiring in May, 1988.
HOW OBTAINED: Acquired from St. Louis Cardinals for Rick Wise, February 25, 1972.
HT: 6-1; WT: 190
BORN: September 30, 1926, Springfield, IL.
DIED: May 6, 2010
CAREER: Pitched 14 years with the Phillies, 1948-61 ... Also pitched for Baltimore Orioles (1962-65), Houston Astros (1965-66) and Chicago Cubs (1966) before retiring in 1966.
HOW OBTAINED: Signed to a $25,000 bonus by the Phillies following graduation from Michigan State in 1947.
Grover Cleveland Alexander
HT: 6-1; WT: 185
BORN: February 26, 1887, Elba, NE.
DIED: November 4, 1950.
CAREER: Pitched for 20 years in the majors, including two stints with the Phillies, 1911-17 and 1930 ... Also pitched for the Chicago Cubs (1918-26) and St. Louis Cardinals (1926-29) before retiring after nine appearances with the Phillies in 1930.
HOW OBTAINED: Purchased by the Phillies for $750 from the Syracuse Stars in 1910.
HT: 6-0; WT: 185
BORN: October 7, 1904, Indianapolis, IN.
DIED: March 28, 1958.
CAREER: Left-handed hitting outfielder who played 17 seasons in the majors, including 1928-33, 1936-39 and 1940-44 with the Phillies ... Also played with the Chicago Cubs (1934-36) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1939) before retiring after playing in four games in 1944.
HOW OBTAINED: Purchased from Ft.Wayne for $5,000 in mid-July of 1928.
- In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American man to play in the Major Leagues in the modern era.
- Number retired throughout baseball in 1997.
- Played for Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-56.
- From his Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque: "Leading NL batter in 1949. Holds fielding mark for second baseman playing in 150 or more games with .992. Led NL in stolen bases in 1947 and 1949. Most Valuable Player in 1949. Lifetime batting average .311. Joint record holder for most double plays by second baseman, 137 in 1951. Led second baseman in double plays 1949-50-51-52.