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100 Greatest Phillies: 42 – Dolph Camilli

Dolph Camilli
First Baseman

Career w/Phillies: .294 AVG / 92 HR / 333 RBI / 22 SB

The 1941 National League Most Valuable Player, Dolph Camilli was one of the top power hitters of his day. With the Phillies he hit 92 home runs in 3.5 seasons, breaking the 25-homer mark in all three of his full seasons. In 1936, Camilli hit .315 and drove in 102, having a better season than a 31-year-old Chuck Klein. But Camilli was also one to strike out a lot, setting the National League mark in 1935 when he K’d 113 times. Still, he led the NL in on-base percentage in 1937, reaching a .446 OBP. He was always among league leaders in home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage and walks, among other statistics. A real modern-day Ryan Howard.

Comment: Okay, maybe not as life-threatening as Howard, but certainly a prodigious home run hitter who sometimes tried a bit too hard to wallop one out of the park. He attained more success with the Dodgers, but absolutely deserves placement comfortably in the list. Plus, he’s one of the few names you can put a hip hop beat to, that’s if you’re Lil Wayne.

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