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100 Greatest Phillies: 60 – Ron Northey

Ron Northey
1942-1947, 1957

Career w/Phillies: .268 AVG / 60 HR / 276 RBI / 7 SB

An above-average hitter for his Phillies career, Northey twice finished in the top 30 in MVP voting, leading some poor Philadelphia Blue Jays teams, which were grooming better hitters for the show. He slugged 22 home runs and drove in 104 for the 1944 Phillies, while driving in more than 60 three more times – which at the time was a highly respectable total. He also holds the major league record for grand slams as a pinch hitter (three). Traded to the Reds for Harry Walker, Northey would return to the Phils to finish his career in 1957.

Comment: The best hitter on some poor Phils teams before the Whiz Kids came in, Northey doesn’t get appropriate dues. He was powerful, and did all he could to drive in runs, but runs were hard to come by during those years.



  1. Manny

    January 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm


    I’m watching the Perfect Season DVD, the Parade Bonus… and Harry Kalas introduces Cole Hamels: “….he came very close to being the only pitcher with 5-0 in the postseason”… and Hamels, says to himself (you can’t hear him but you can read his lips) –kinda mockingly:

    “5-0? No 5-0”

    As if he was saying: Damn, I got so close.

    hahaha hilarious

  2. ashmidt

    March 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    pride and joy of mt. carmel, pa.

  3. ashmidt

    March 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    i meant mahanoy city, pa.

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