Phillies World Series nuggets

October 13th, 2021

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

Here are nuggets by individual players from A (Alexander) to U (Utley).

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

• The Phillies have two World Series championships -- ’80 and ’08; both series-clinching outs were on a strikeout by No. 45, LHP Tug McGraw, and No. 54, RHP Brad Lidge.

• Two were named the World Series MVP: Mike Schmidt (1980) and Cole Hamels (2008).

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

• Only one Phillies player homered in his first plate appearance: Chase Utley vs. the Rays at Tropicana Field in Game 1, 2008.

• First baseman Fred Luderus hit the Phillies' first home run, 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 in 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 Park.

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

• Eric Bruntlett has the only pinch-hit home run (Game 2, 2008). He scored the winning run in Games 3 and 5 in 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-for-18), 2008.

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