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100 Greatest Phillies: 30 – Fred Luderus

Fred Luderus
First Baseman
1910-1920

Career w/Phillies: .277 AVG / 83 HR / 630 RBI / 55 SB

Bill Foxen had a great rookie season in 1908, yet the Phillies decided to trade him to Chicago for Fred Luderus, an unproven 24-year-old infielder from Milwaukee. Luderus immediately responded, ending the 1910 season on high note before launching into a strong career. For the next nine seasons, Luderus would average more than 140 hits per season. In an era where hitting was at a premium, Luderus was one of the league’s steadiest contact hitters. He finished in the top 10 of National League home runs eight times, of doubles seven times and of RBI four times. He slugged .403 for his career, which in his time was very good. And just as good, he walked (414 times) almost as much as he struck out (421). His best season was the 1915 National League championship year, when he hit .315 with a .376 on-base percentage.

Comment: An early star for the Phillies, Luderus was able to come up big in an era where offense suffered. A steady bat who was extremely consistent for his career, he makes it this high with a strong combination of quality and stability.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Jim

    February 25, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    oh boy and we are at the top 30.

    i really hope we see gavvy soon

  2. Mike W

    February 25, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Gavvys on my sim squad. He’s the man

  3. Joel

    February 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I remember watching him as a kid. One of my all-time favorite Phillies!

  4. Jason B.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Gavvy was the Pete Rose of the 1915 NL Champs… Plus does it get any cooler than killing a seagull? Those were the days?

  5. Jim

    February 25, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    gavvy was the pete rose and mike schmidt of the 1915 champs, he lead the l eague in home runs pretty much every year between 1910-1920

  6. Chuck P

    February 26, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Joel – “I remember watching him as a kid”

    That would make you 90 years old…

    I like the pick, Tim. Thanks…

  7. Phan in TN

    February 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Thanks Chuck. My wife is on the side that perhaps Joel really is 90 years old and has watched the Phillies faithfully since Nineteen aught Two.

    I’ve only watched since 73 when I was 4.

    You may now cackelate my age.

  8. Mark

    February 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Fred was awesome. I was only 17 watching his first game played but boy could he field. Thanks for the memories..

  9. Roose13

    February 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Are you people really that old in remembering him? (to Joel and Mark)

  10. NEPA

    February 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Roose, are you serious with that question? That would make Chuck like 125 years old. No Phillies fan could live that long.

  11. NEPA

    February 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Roose, are you serious with that question? That would make Mark* like 125 years old. No Phillies fan could live that long.

  12. Dave S

    February 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I’m just waiting for somebody to tell us they took their grandson to see this guy play.

    Gavvy was the man!

  13. Greg V.

    February 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I’m Joel’s buddy and I’m 98. We both used to go to the games and watch Laderus play! He autographed my wife’s breasts back in 1918!

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