Monday, August 25, 2008

Baseball Tonight All-time Franchise Players - Phillies Edition

The BBTN crew on ESPN has been running a daily piece on the all-time franchise players for each major league team.

Last night they featured the Phillies. Three players from each team were picked by an ESPN panel and then the three players selected via an internet fan poll were recognized.

The BBTN crew picked Mike Schmidt, Lefty, and Robin Roberts.

1975 Topps #70 Mike Schmidt
1976 Topps #355 Steve Carlton
1958 Topps #90 Robin Roberts

No surprises here, the best hitter and the Ace of the Phils Sole World Championship Team. Robin Roberts won 234 games as a Phil, of which twenty were for the 1950 Whiz Kids who won the NL Pennant.

I was however surprised by the fan voting which also named Schmidt and Carlton and one of these two.

1967 Topps #450 Dick Allen
1957 Topps #70 Richie Ashburn

I thought for sure Ashburn would be the pick, however Dick Allen was voted in by the fans.

1 comment:

capewood said...

I sure would have expected Ashburn over Allen. Allen was a good player but Richie had such a long association with the team that, even if most of the voters weren't old enough to have seen him play they would still know about him.

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