I imagine the Phillies will be featured as a lot of bad guys in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. One of the Phillies pitchers from the era that is featured in the film is Dutch Leonard.
Dutch Leonard only played two seasons for the Phils but that was good enough to get him on two Bowman cards (1948-49).
Leonard was a right handed knuckle ball pitcher. His career spanned 20 seasons (1933-53) 9 of which were spent with the Washington Senators. He was a 5 time all-star that never got the chance to play in the postseason. He tallied 191 wins in his career v 181 losses. Twenty of those wins came in 1939 when Dutch Leonard finished 7th in the MVP voting behind 6 future Hall of Famers (DiMaggio, Foxx, Feller, Ted Williams, Ruffing, Bill Dickey)
Also of note, Dutch Leonard tied for the NL lead in saves in 1935 with 8 EIGHT! - doubt it was a stat at the time.
Baseball Card Database)
Dutch Leonard is played by another Major Leaguer in 42, CJ Nitkowski. Once again Hollywood has taken some liberties with history - and the issue can be spotted on these two cards. Dutch was a right-hander, whlle CJ is a southpaw.
CJ Nitkowski is also a columnist and penned an interesting article about his own experiences with racism while pitching in Japan. Nitkowski is active on Twitter @CJNitkowski and also has his own blog.
Finally to tie all this together the Phils are facing Reds tonight in a desperate attempt to salvage a game in this series and a 3-3 road trip. Nitkowski was drafted by the Reds 19 years ago.
For the Collector
The Dutch Leonard card is one of two Phillies represented in 1948 Bowman. I always tell Phils fans that want to build a vintage team set that is the one to pick - interestingly the other Phillies player in that set is another Emil, Emil Verban. Off condition 1948 Bowman commons from the low series can be had for about $2.