100 Greatest Phillies

100 Greatest Phillies: 71 – Jim Konstanty

Jim Konstanty
Relief Pitcher
1948-1954

Career w/Phillies: 675.2 IP / 51-39 / 54 SV / 3.62 ERA / 205 K

Casimir James Konstanty made his mark for the 1950 Phillies. Oh did he ever. He finished 16-7 with a 2.66 ERA that season. In relief. Yes, he had 22 saves that season, too. So, to recap, he was the important man on the mound for at least 45 games that year. That 22-save season in 1950 was by far tops in the majors, as he finished 62 games (also tops). The 74 games he pitched were then a major-league record, and in the 1950 World Series he actually started game one, despite not starting a game in the regular season. He won the 1950 Most Valuable Player award, truly defining “valuable.” Otherwise, Konstanty was an average pitcher, having a nice season in 1949 but a bunch of mediocre, league-average years after his MVP season. He also entered the league late, blossoming for too short a time.

Comment: One of a few Phillie MVPs, Konstanty was the Polish Rifle before there was a Ron Jaworski. For his immaculate 1950 campaign alone he deserves praise. He was the single greatest reason that team won the pennant.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Justin

    January 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    decent acquisition. faster version of eric bruntlett, probably with less of a bat.

  2. Manny

    January 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    “Hewitt, 19, was the Phillies’ first-round pick last June, but batted only .197 with seven doubles, one homer and nine RBIs in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.”

    Yikes.

  3. Griffin

    January 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    yes, very yikes on Hewitt. He needs years, as in 5 or 6 years before he’s anywhere near ready.
    Shout out to one of the least known MVPs of all-time…Jim Konstanty.

  4. dan

    January 15, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    for winning the mvp, not mentioned much …ever

  5. NJ

    January 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Does Sal Fasano get on the list just for that awesome beard? Not all players on the list will have had their own section of fans like The Sal…

  6. whizkidfanatic

    March 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    A side note to show how baseball has changed over the years. In 1955, the Yankees acquired Konstanty ( Stengel never forgot Jim’s pitching in the ’50 WS) and he led them in games, saves and ERA. They were so talented that despite his season, they left him off the 1955 World Series roster! Of course, they may have regretted after the Dodgers finally beat them in 7 games.

    Konstanty was supremely confident in himself almost to the point of arrogance but it is true that without him, there was no way the Whizkids could have one the pennant in 1950.

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