100 Greatest Phillies

100 Greatest Phillies: 73 – Dutch Leonard

Dutch Leonard
Starting Pitcher
1947-1948

Career w/Phillies: 460.2 IP / 29-29 / 2.59 ERA / 195 K

Leonard gave the Phillies two of the franchise’s best pitching seasons ever. And then he was gone, like a myst. Leonard – the younger of the two Dutch Leonards – has said to be the inventer of the knuckleball. And he used that pitch while throwing for the Phillies, recording a 29-29 record over those two seasons. But while his record was mediocre (he pitched for a team that went a combined 128-180), his ERA was beyond fantastic, posting 2.68 and 2.51 marks in his two campaigns. He also walked only 737 batters in his 20-year career. Not too shabby.

Comment: Leonard may have pitched just two years in Philadelphia, but his two seasons were very, very good, finishing 13th place in MVP voting in 1947. And if he really invented the knuckleball … wow. Good for him.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Jason B.

    January 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    It’s the “other” dutch! I wonder if this one talks to lizards too?

  2. rob

    January 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Fyi: the picture is of the wrong Dutch Leonard. That’s the older Dutch Leonard, a left-handed pitcher for the Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

  3. From Section 113

    January 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Rob- But the picture says phillies on it and not to mention he has a glove on his left hand, makin ghim right handed in the pic. I don’t get what you are saying?

  4. rob

    January 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    That’s because they fixed it. It’s all good now 🙂

  5. Tim Malcolm

    January 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Yeah, I fixed it.

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