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100 Greatest Phillies: 76 – Bake McBride

Bake McBride

Career w/Phillies: .292 AVG / 44 HR / 258 RBI / 98 SB

Arnold Ray McBride — better known as “Bake” — came to the Phillies in a midseason 1977 trade with the Cardinals. Saint Louis received Tom Underwood, Dane Iorg and Rick Bosetti. McBride was already a pretty good player, stealing bags regularly and hitting over .300 for the Cardinals every year since his career began. With the Phils, he remained good while helping to lead the team to their first world championship. He hit his prime with the Phillies, gaining considerable power but losing a little of his singles prowess. He was among league leaders in triples in both 1979 and 1980, and his .309 clip in ’80 was fourth in the National League. Bake wasn’t a bad fielder either, throwing out 11 baserunners in ’79.

Comment: I ranked McBride 76th, then felt a nice bit of comfort after seeing he and Freddy Leach compared so closely. McBride was better with the Cardinals, but was still a good ballplayer with the Phils. His nice mix of power and speed helped fuel the Phils in ’80, as he actually got some chances to bat cleanup in a lineup featuring Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski and Pete Rose.



  1. Tom G

    January 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Bake, was one of my all-time fav phils…just loved his style of play. Bake was a really cool dude…in a classic moment, my brother and I were at Great Adventure during all-star weekend either 78 or 79, and we turn around to see this man who looked like Bake…my brother says, Hey your Bake McBride…to which he replied, sheepishly, “yes, I am”,…to which my brother replied, ‘No, no your not!’…this routine played out 3 more times, until finally Bake said, OK, I am not,…of course, my brother too finally conceeded, YES, you are, can I have your autograph…
    He was a great pick-up…a defining Ruly Carp move!

    Great choice…but hard to imagine we have 75 better players!

  2. Mickey D

    January 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Now yer talkin! Bake is classic Phillies!

  3. Georgie

    January 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Yeah, Bake and Garry in the outfield, two long-legged guys with smashing ‘fros. They were both so cool and laid back, but covered alot of ground out there-they had to , Luzinski could cover like 10 square feet.
    Weird little thing, in 1979 I named my new cat “Bake”, and in 1980 they won the WS. In 2007, I named a cat “Shane”, and…..

  4. Matthew

    January 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    One of my all time favorite Phillies! Thanks for putting him on the list!

  5. Manny

    January 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Georgie, you better start looking for a new pet… We could all help you find a name.

  6. Georgie

    January 10, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Manny, there has been a stray tom roaming around, I was thinking maybe Jimmy? or Derek??? haha

  7. Manny

    January 10, 2009 at 8:09 pm



    January 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Bake. What can you say? Coolness. Batting never stayed on though flying around the bases.


    January 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm


  10. andrew

    January 11, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Shake N Bake
    A vietnam vet also. Him and Boone 2 of my farvorites in the late 70s early 80s.

  11. Mickey D

    January 11, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Former Rookie of the Year too.

  12. Zak44

    January 12, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I don’t have any stats at hand to back me up, but I remember Bake being the most reliable run producer for much of the 1980 season, helping to carry the team until the big guns got really hot in September. There was a lot of turmoil around that team (even an almost-scandal over drugs), but McBride just did his job, day in and day out.

    He also got the first big hit in the Series opener—a homer that gave the Phils a lead they never lost on their way to their first Series win since 1915 (and only their second ever.

  13. tedcogs

    February 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm


    Andrew – sure you’re not mixing up Bake and Maddox? Garry is a vet, I don’t think Bake is…

  14. Neal

    April 23, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Saw him hit a pinch grand slam in extra innings against Montreal in the second game of a double header. Only time I ever went to a game with my dad. He was always one of my favorites. Even tried to grow a fro

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