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.