Friday, February 19, 2010

Batting Sixth: Del Ennis- Left Field

Philadelphia Phillies All-Time Line Up (Part 6 of a 9 Part Series)

Throughout his 11 seasons in a Phillies uniform, Del Ennis was one of the most feared hitters in the National League. Only the legendary Stan Musial had more runs batted in during that period of time.

Along with "Dream Team" teammate Richie Ashburn, he was one of the top players on the 1950 "Whiz Kids" club that made a magical run until being derailed by the New York Yankees in the World Series. That year, in his best season, he led the league with 126 RBI, while banging 31 HR's and batting .311.

Ennis was selected for the All-Star Team three times, won the first ever Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award in 1946 and was a fixture in the MVP voting, finishing as high as fourth in 1950. Overall, he batted .286 and cranked out 259 HR's while with the Phillies.

Although he was not particularly fast or a great fielder, Ennis kept runners honest with a feared throwing arm. He was mostly stationed in left field throughout his career, but also saw action in right.

Like many professional athletes before and after him, he was highly scrutinized by Philadelphia fans. His time spent in the city was like the Dow Jones Industrial Average with many highs and lows, but his body of work is worthy of a spot in the team's all-time line-up.


Phillies 891 259 1124 .286 44 .344 .479

Career 985 288 1284 .284 45 .340 .472

Honorable Mention:

Greg Luzinski- Prior to operating his popular barbecue stand at Citizen's Bank Park, "The Bull" had an accomplished Phillies career worthy of mention. Luzinski protected Mike Schmidt in the batting order through the 70's and the World Championship 1980 season. He was a feared long ball hitter who launched many massive shots while also hitting over.300 in four different seasons. The Bull amassed 223 HR's and 811 RBI's while donning a Phillies uniform, but was conversely a bit of a liability in the field and on the bases.

Philadelphia Phillies All-Time Line Up

Batting First: Richie Ashburn- Center Field

Batting Second: Chase Utley- Second Base

Batting Third: Mike Schmidt- Third Base

Batting Fourth: Ryan Howard- First Base

Batting Fifth: Chuck Klein- Right Field

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