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100 Greatest Phillies: 51 – Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Career w/Phillies: .295 AVG / 77 HR / 438 RBI / 68 SB

An above-average center fielder who patrolled the Phillies outfield through much of the 1960s, Tony Gonzalez was the first Latin star in Philadelphia baseball. The Cuban came from Cincinnati in a trade for Wally Post, Harry Anderson and Fred Hopke, and didn’t disappoint. He recorded a career-high 20 home runs in 1962, then hit a career-high .339 in 1967, second in the National League to Roberto Clemente. He finished in the top 30 of MVP voting three times, including 1963, when he hit .306 and slugged .436. A good fielder, he had a slightly above-average arm and threw out 10 runners or more twice during his Phillie career.

Comment: One of the better outfielders in team history, Gonzalez is a fine precursor to the speedy, slick-hitting center fielders that proceeded him – mainly Garry Maddox, Lenny Dykstra and Shane Victorino. And face it, dude looked pretty cool in those old-school pinstripe uniforms.

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