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The Phillies Nation Top 100: The First 25 (#100-76)

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Top 100. Our mission is to assess the Top 100 Phillies players of all time using impact to the Phillies, individual achievement, team achievement, traditional stats, and analytics as our criteria. The list was compiled by Ian Riccaboni and Pat Gallen with input from the rest of the Phillies Nation staff. 

Each weekday, we will reveal five Phillies from the PN Top 100, with longer or more expansive posts dedicated to individuals that are of particular note to Phillies fans or are closer to the top of the list. To view the 2008 iteration of the list of Greatest Phillies of All Time as compiled by Tim Malcolm, please click here.

Periodically, we will provide round-ups. This is the first 25 players of the Top 100. Click any player for the page their entry is contained on.

#100 – Jose Mesa

#99 – Antonio Bastardo

#98 – Brett Myers

#97 – Ryan Madson

#96 – Ron Reed

#95 – Juan Samuel

#94 – Billy Wagner

#93 – Jim Lonborg

#92 – Larry Jackson

#91 – Lefty O’Doul

#90 – Otto Knabe

#89 – Kid Gleason

#88 – John Denny

#87 – Bake McBride

#86 – Pinky Whitney

#85 – Woodie Fryman

#84 – Don Hurst

#83 – Dolph Camilli

#82 – Lave Cross

#81 – Jim Thome

#80 – Schoolboy Rowe

#79 – Jamie Moyer

#78 – Lee Meadows

#77 – John Titus

#76 – Tony Taylor



  1. Al Dattolo

    January 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm


    • schmenkman

      January 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      11 career at bats, but the name should count for something.

  2. c. schreiber

    January 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Where is Michael Martinez listed??

    • hk

      January 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Maybe they should do a bottom 100 list of those who combined the most ineptitude with the most opportunity. The problem is that there would be so many Jeltzes, Bruntletts and Mini-Marts from which to choose, not to mention the pitchers from the 1930 squad.

      • schmenkman

        January 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

        We joke about the 1930 staff, but it was partly a product of its time. For example its ERA- (ERA relative to the rest of the league) was a pretty bad 122, or 22% worse. But both the 1988 and 1992 Phillies weren’t much better at 118, and even the 2013 team was at 115.

        The 1939 and 1919 teams, on the other hand were at a much worse 132.

        At the other end, the best Phils staff since 1900 by ERA- were Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 1915 pennant winners at 77, just ahead of the 2011 team at 79.

      • hk

        January 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm


        Of course, you’re right about the 1930 staff as a whole and even Sweetland and Willoughby, with their 7.71 and 7.59 ERA’s respectively, as many Phillies have pitched to sub 70 ERA+’s over the years. However, I wonder how many pitched approximately the same amount of innings for the Phils as Sweetland did (610+) and had an ERA+ equal to or worse than his 77.

  3. mudmin

    January 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I second the notion that we should have a bottom 100 phillies as long as the list can be heavy on the intangibles. It can’t be as stat driven as the top 100. Whininess, laziness, bad routes, etc all need to be considered.

  4. Lou

    January 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Bake McBride should be much higher. Only 11 ahead of Ron Redd and below Dolph Camilli? He arguably was the MVP of the1980 World Series

  5. Marty

    August 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Woody Fryman ahead of Cy Young winner John Denny? And Juan Samuel?

    Is Cookie Rojas on the list? Dave Cash? Willie Montanez? Richie Hebner?

    Just asking when I see a Woody Fryman. Fryman was a gamer when the Phillies stunk in the late 60s, tobacco chaw and all- yes, but his records were dismal none the less.

    Samuel way too low – the top Phil for a 2-3 year stretch in the 80s. Could say the same about Cash in 1975-76 when the Phils became post-season bound for the first time since 1950.

    Can’t say the same about Fryman.

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