MLB Top 5: Philadelphia Phillies First and Third Basemen

This is the second article in a series that looks at the five best players at each position for the Philadelphia Phillies. In this installment are first and third basemen.

The list of best Philadelphia Phillies corner infielders features a solid blend of power, contact hitting and slick fielding. First base is led by a slugger who was part of a trio of stars during the team’s back-to-back World Series teams late in the first decade of the 2000s, and third base is manned by a member of the 500 home run club who is in the discussion for the best all-time at the position.

The Best First and Third Basemen in Philadelphia Phillies History

First Basemen

Honorable Mentions – Sid Farrar seemed to be a man of mystery when it came to baseball. Although most first basemen in the late 1800s were known for their offense, in old cigar cards of the time, he was never pictured with a bat in his hands and even Baseball Reference isn’t sure from which side he batted. Farrar’s best offensive season was 1887, when he set career highs with 83 runs, 72 RBIs and a .282 average. Even though he was said to be a slow runner, he stole 24 bases. He was known for his talents in the field and won a fielding title in 1886. Four years later, in the midst of a battle between the National League, the American Association and the Players League for supremacy, Farrar had a suggestion that every city with teams in multiple leagues have a series with the winner staying and the loser moving (a unique idea that was not heeded). An original member of the Philadelphias, he finished his career with the Athletics of the Players League in 1890. Farrar played two more minor league seasons, ran a furniture business and traveled the world with his opera singing daughter, Geraldine. He passed away in 1935 at age 75.

William “Kitty” Bransfield was another solid fielder who called Philadelphia home for seven seasons (1905-11). He drove in 91 runs for the Pirates in his rookie season in 1901 but didn’t come close to that production for the rest of his career. After he was traded across the state, the Pirates were unsettled at the position for nearly two decades. Bransfield batted .304 in 1908 with 160 hits, 71 RBIs and a career-best 30 stolen bases, and he won a fielding title the following season. He was signed by the Cubs after being released near the end of the 1911 season and was a minor league player-manager, an umpire and scout. Bransfield was also known for his anti-gambling stance and sent associates packing on more than one occasion. After baseball, he was the public playground supervisor and a night watchman in his native Worcester, Mass., until his passing at age 72 in 1947.

Eddie Waitkus has one of the most chilling and dramatic stories of anyone in baseball. His mother died of pneumonia when he was just 14, and after his rookie year with the Cubs in 1942, he, like many other ballplayers, were drafted into the military during World War II. Over the next three years, he would see heavy combat, fought on several islands in the South Pacific, was nearly captured by the Japanese and earned 10 service awards, including four Bronze Stars. He returned to the Cubs after the war and became an All-Star in 1948, but the team slumped, and he was sent to the Phillies. Waitkus had another brush with death in June during a road trip in Chicago. While at his hotel, he received a note from a girl claiming she had an important message for him. When he went to her room, the girl, who was later found to be obsessed with him and mentally ill, shot him in the abdomen. The bullet was lodged near his spine, and Waitkus needed four operations to save his life and remove the bullet.

Waitkus returned in 1950, setting career highs with 102 runs and 182 hits while winning the Comeback Player of the Year Award and leading Philadelphia to their first pennant in 35 years. Although he had four hits, the “Whiz Kids” were swept by the Yankees in the World Series. Waitkus was sent to the Orioles in 1954 but returned to the Phillies and played 33 games the following year before being released and retiring. He finished his six-year Phillies career (1949-53 and ’55) with a .281 average, 649 hits, 118 doubles and 197 RBIs in 613 games. Following his playing career, he was a salesman for a trucking company, a department store and a sporting goods store and was a baseball coach and counselor in Massachusetts. Waitkus was a heavy smoker and drinker at times and suffered from depression after the shooting. He passed away from esophageal cancer in 1972 at age 53.

Pete Rose is the game’s all-time hits king who starred mostly for the Reds, but his signing with the Phillies helped that team return to the World Series for the first time since 1950. Although he played all over the field in Cincinnati, he played almost exclusively at first base in Philadelphia, earning four All-Star selections. The 1975 World Series MVP helped his new team win the first title in its nearly 100-year history in 1970. Rose had six hits at the plate and made an iconic play in Game 6. With one out in the ninth, a foul pop near the dugout bounced off the glove of catcher Bob Boone, but Rose snagged the ball before it hit the ground. Tug McGraw struck out the final batter to clinch the championship. Although he led the league in doubles twice and had 208 hits in 1979, Rose’s best offensive season with the Phillies was arguably 1981, when he won a silver slugger after batting .325 and leading the league with 140 hits in the strike-shortened campaign. He signed with the Expos in 1984, was traded back to the Reds later that year and retired to focus on managing in Cincinnati which, to put it mildly, did not go well.

Jim Thome was a slugger who hit 612 home runs and drove in 1,699 runs during a 22-year career. He spent four years with the Phillies (2003-05 and ’12), hitting 101 home runs. Thome topped 40 homers and 100 RBIs in each of his first two seasons in Philadelphia, including a league-high 47 in 2003 to go with 131 RBIs, 111 runs scored and a career-best 154 hits while finishing fourth in the MVP voting. He followed that with his only All-Star selection with the Phillies after posting a .274-42-105 stat line. After time with four other teams, Thome signed back with Philadelphia in 2012. Despite only hitting five home runs, he became the fourth player in history to hit 100 with three clubs. He was traded to Baltimore where he played the final games of his career, even though he would not officially retire for two more years. In addition to the home runs, Thome batted .260 with Philadelphia and had 281 RBIs in 391 games. The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee was a special assistant to the general manager with the White Sox and was an analyst for MLB network, and he now serves was the president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

5. Rhys Hoskins – Like Waitkus, he lost his mother when he was a teenager (he was 16 when she died of breast cancer). Hoskins was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round in 2014, played in the MLB Futures Game three years later made his debut with Philadelphia in August. He hit 18 home runs in 50 games and finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Hoskins had arguably his best year in 2018, setting career highs with 89 runs, 38 doubles, 34 homers and 96 RBIs primarily as a left fielder. He moved to first base the following campaign and continued his power outburst, hitting 25 home runs four times over his seven seasons with the Phillies (2017-23).

Hoskins helped the Phillies reach the World Series in 2022, totaling nine runs, 11 hits, six homers and 12 RBIs in 17 postseason games. He was especially good against the Padres in the NLCS, bashing four home runs and driving in 17 runs. Hoskins tore his ACS while trying to field a ground back in spring training and missed the entire 2023 season. He finished his Phillies career with 392 runs, 588 hits, 149 doubles, 148 home runs, 405 RBIs and 1,195 total bases in 667 games. Hoskins signed with the Brewers for the 2024 season.

4. Don Hurst – After Fred Luderus retired, the Phillies had trouble at this important position until he took over. Hurst had one of the best starts to his career by anyone at the position, but his career ended before he turned 30. Over his first five seasons, he batted .313 with 102 home runs and 501 RBIs. In 1929, Hurst posted a .304-31-125 stat line and three years later, he hit .339 with 24 homers and a league-best 143 runs batted in. After holding out in 1933, his numbers fell off a bit and he was traded to the Cubs the following year, but he hit .199 and was sold to the Cardinals.

Hurst never played in a major league game after fizzling out his final few years. He finished his time in Philadelphia with a .303 average (including four seasons topping .300), 497 runs, 946 hits, 185 doubles, 112 home runs, 598 RBIs and 1,523 total bases in 854 games. The 1932 fielding champion spent one season in the minor leagues with St. Louis and several others with independent teams in Los Angeles and Canada. Following his retirement, he worked at an arena near Los Angeles until his death in 1952 at age 47.

3. John Kruk – He spent five years in the minor leagues after being drafted by the Padres in 1981 and earned Rookie of the Year consideration in 1986, but he had his best years with the Phillies. Kruk was traded to Philadelphia after a slow start in 1989 and improved his production throughout his six seasons in the City of Brotherly Love (1989-94). He earned three straight All-Star selections including 1991, when he batted .294 and set career highs with 21 home runs and 92 runs batted in. His most memorable moment might have come in the All-Star Game two years later. Seattle fireballer Randy Johnson threw the first fastball behind him, so Kruk decided to have fun the rest of the at-bat and swing wildly at the next three pitches.

Kruk and the “Wild Bunch” reached the World Series in 1993 for the first time in a decade. The first baseman batted .348 with four runs, eight hits and four RBIs, including what turned out to be the game-winner in Game 5, but the Blue Jays won the series. The 1994 season was marred by the player’s strike, but Kruk also missed time after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. He retired after playing with the White Sox the following year. Kruk batted .309 with the Phillies, totaling 403 runs, 790 hits, 145 doubles, 62 homers, 390 RBIs and 1,179 total bases in 744 games. His sense of humor made him perfect for his next career, which was broadcasting. He worked for Fox and had a long stint on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight before joining Comcast SportsNet to work on Phillies telecasts in 2017. Kruk also wrote an autobiography, had roles in television and movies and commentated on video games.

2. Fred Luderus – Although he could not be labeled as a star, he had some pop and was one of the most dependable first basemen of his era, playing in 533 straight games from 1916-19. Luderus had his best offensive season in 1911, when he batted .301 and set career highs with 166 hits, 11 triples and 99 RBIs to go with 16 home runs. He hit a personal-best .315 in 1915 and helped the Phillies win their first pennant. Although his team, was shut down by the Red Sox, he had a .438 average with seven hits, six runs batted in and hit Philadelphia’s only home run in the series. The iron man saw his streak end at the start of the 1920 season thanks to lumbago (now referred to as lower back pain), a condition that worsened and forced him to retire after playing just 16 more games.

Luderus spent 11 seasons with the Phillies (1910-20), batting .278 with 557 runs, 1,322 hits, 249 doubles, 52 triples, 83 home runs, 630 RBIs and 1,924 total bases in 1,311 games. While not known for his fielding, he led his position in assists five times and putouts twice. Luderus was a minor league manager, worked as a grounds supervisor at a yacht club and started his own toy business after his playing career. He suffered a heart attack and passed away in 1961 at age 75.

1. Ryan Howard – He was a prototypical first baseman, a powerful build (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) and a fluid swing that created towering home runs and line drives that would have shot the meters up on the exit velocity scale, had they existed during his career. Howard was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round in 2001 and had a brief call-up three years later. In between, he played in the MLB Futures Game and earned two straight minor league MVP awards. His power was evident early in his career, when a Thome injury opened the door to him posting a.288-22-63 stat line in just 88 games in 2005 and winning the Rookie of the Year Award. With Thome traded the following year, Howard excelled, batting .313 with 104 runs, a career-high 182 hits and league-leading totals of 58 home runs (also a team record), 149 RBIs (tied for third in team history) and 383 total bases (fifth). Not only did he win the All-Star Home Run Derby, but his outburst led to him earning an All-Star selection, a silver slugger and edging out Albert Pujols for the MVP Award.

The next five years was more of the same for Howard. He had at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs and finished in the top 10 of the MVP voting in each season. Despite his average dropping to .251 in 2008, he was the MVP runner-up (to Pujols) after leading the league with 48 home runs and 146 runs batted in, and he also topped the N. L. with 141 RBIs the following year. Howard was just as stellar in the playoffs, posting 22 runs, 44 hits, 13 doubles, eight homers and 33 RBIs in 46 postseason games, helping his team reach two straight World Series. He hit three home runs and drove in six runs in their win over the Rays in 2008 and helped the Phillies return the following year with an MVP performance in the NLCS win over the Dodgers (two homers and eight RBIs).

Howard had two major drawbacks in his game. The first was a high strikeout rate. He struck out at least 150 times in six straight years, including a league-high 199 in 2007, and he holds four of the top single-season totals in Phillies history. The other was injury. Howard homered and drove in six runs against the Cardinals in the 2011 NLDS, but not only did he hit .105 and make the last out of the series, but he also ruptured his Achilles tendon trying to run out that ground ball and was writhing in pain on the ground while his opponents celebrated. He returned from the injury to play five more seasons, but his production steadily declined, and he was eventually benched. Howard officially retired after spending seasons with the Braves and Rockies without returning to the major leagues.

“Big Piece” finished his 13-year career (2004-16) ranked second in franchise history in home runs (382) and strikeouts (1,843), third in RBIs (1,194), fifth in total bases (2,940), seventh in games (1,572) and tenth in doubles (277) to go with 848 runs and 1,475 hits. He boasts three of the top five single-season home run marks in team history and three of the top 10 RBI totals. Following his playing career, Howard became a partner at a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm, co-authored six baseball-related children’s books with his wife and worked as an analyst for ESPN. Despite all his stellar moments with the Phillies, he received just eight votes for the Hall of Fame in 2022 and fell off the ballot.

Third Basemen

Honorable Mentions – Playing third base before 1900 was an adventure. Fields were not as well-kept as they are by modern grounds crews and fielding gloves more closely resembled those used by golfers, not modern baseball players. Joe Mulvey was one of the best at the position, overcoming broken fingers, quickly fielding bunts and making strong throws across the diamond. He joined Philadelphia late in the team’s first season and after struggling in 1884, he became a solid line drive hitter during his eight years (1883-89 and ’92). Mulvey’s best season was 1887, when batted .287 with 93 runs, 78 RBIs and a personal-best 43 stolen bases. He played with Philadelphia entries in the Players League (1890) and American Association (1891) in the final seasons for those leagues, then returned to play 25 games for the Phillies in 1892. He also played with Washington and Brooklyn, retiring in 1895. He played two more seasons in the minors before retiring. Mulvey finished his time in Philadelphia with 410 runs, 725 hits, 108 doubles, 350 RBIs and 113 stolen bases in 682 games. He ran a shuffleboard parlor, a pool room and a saloon after his playing career. Mulvey was working as a watchman at Baker Bowl during a Phillies game when he suffered a heart attack and died in 1928 at age 69.

Merrill “Pinky” May could not break through as a Yankees prospect but made it to the major leagues when the Phillies acquired him before the 1939 season. Although he had no power, he was a solid contact hitter and an excellent fielder, winning three fielding titles in a five-year span (1939-43). May played on some bad teams in Philadelphia, but he had his best season in 1940, making his only All-Star team after setting career highs with 147 hits, 48 RBIs and a .293 average. Following the 1943 season, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific. May lived near an airstrip and watched as the plane called the Enola Gay took of carrying the atomic bomb that would later be dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. May was released by the Phillies upon his return from service in 1946 and became a minor league manager, amassing a 1,698-1,580 record over the next 26 years. He passed away in 2010 at age 89.

Placido Polanco spent time with the Cardinals, Tigers and Marlins during a 16-year major league career, but he may best be remembered for the seven years he spent with the Phillies in two stints (2002-05 and 10-12). Originally acquired in the Scott Rolen trade in 2002, Polanco had the best two power seasons of his career with 14 in 2003 and 17 the following year as a second baseman. He was traded to Detroit and won two gold gloves with the Tigers while setting a record for second basemen by playing in 144 straight errorless games. Polanco signed back with Philadelphia in 2010, converting to third base. He earned an All-Star selection and a gold glove the following year, becoming just the second player to win one at two different positions (joining Darin Erstad). Polanco batted .289 with 365 runs, 776 hits, 127 doubles, 51 home runs, 281 runs batted in and 1,068 total bases in 688 games with Philadelphia. The 2006 ALCS MVP with the Tigers totaled four runs, eight hits and five RBIs in 13 playoff games with the Phillies. Polanco played with the Marlins in 2013 and officially retired three years later. He works with the Dodgers as a special assistant for player development.

5. Arthur “Pinky” Whitney – Following the tenures of Mulvey and Lave Cross in the late 1800s, the Phillies had a run of inconsistent starters at third base for more than a quarter of a century until Whitney joined the team in 1928. Despite the team not finishing high in the standings for much of his career, he brought an attitude of competitiveness and was named captain in 1932. That year, he had arguably his best all-around season, batting .298 with 186 hits, setting career highs with 93 runs, 13 home runs and 124 runs batted in, and leading all third basemen in putouts, assists, double plays and fielding percentage. During his 10 seasons with Philadelphia (1928-33 and 36-39), Whitney batted .300 or better and drove in at least 100 runs four times each, led the league in putouts and assists three times apiece, topped the circuit in double plays turned four times and won two fielding titles.

Whitney was traded to the Braves in 1933 but was acquired three years later and played in his only All-Star Game as a member of the Phillies. He hit .341 in 1937, but his play began to decline over the next two seasons. Whitney was released after the 1939 season and spent the following year in the minors before retiring. He appeared in 1,157 games with Philadelphia, batting .307 with 554 runs, 1,329 hits, 237 doubles, 69 home runs, 734 RBIs and 1,869 total bases. Following his playing career, Whitney owned a bowling alley in San Antonio, was a salesman for the Lone Star Brewing Company and was a local baseball coach. He passed away in 1987 at age 82.

4. Scott Rolen – He was a smart, hard-working, humble player who was taken by the Phillies in the second round in the 1993 draft and made his debut three years later. Although he played in 37 games in his season debut, he missed exhausting his first-year eligibility by one at-bat, allowing him to win the Rookie of the Year Award in 1997 after batting .283 with 21 home runs and 92 RBIs. Rolen improved the following year, posting a .290-31-110 stat line, setting career highs with 120 runs, 174 hits and 320 total bases and winning his first of three gold gloves with the Phillies and eight in his career. Despite his consistent production, management scrutinized their star and Rolen said he wanted to leave, a wish that was granted when he was traded to St. Louis in July 2002 after appearing in his first All-Star Game.

Both teams appeared to do well after the trade, with Rolen and the Cardinals winning the World Series and the Phillies with their young talent doing the same thing two years later. The third baseman finished his seven-year tenure in Philadelphia (1996-2002) with a .282 average, 533 runs, 880 hits, 207 doubles, 150 home runs, 559 RBIs and 1,575 total bases in 844 games. The seven-time All-Star also played for the Blue Jays and Reds during his 17-year career that ended after the 2012 season. Following his playing career, he was named director of player development for the Indiana University baseball team and started two charities to help sick children, including building a 40-acre recreation site. Rolen was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2023, his sixth year of eligibility.

3. Dick Allen – He was a tremendously talented player who let his attitude get in the way of his success. After enduring race-related issues in the minor leagues, Allen had a brief call-up in 1963. Despite the Phillies’ late-season collapse the following year, he won the Rookie of the Year Award after batting .318 with 29 home runs, 91 RBIs, 201 hits and league-leading totals of 125 runs, 13 triples and 352 total bases. Three straight All-Star selections followed for Allen who posted his best power season in 1966, when he posted a .317-40-110 stat line and finished fourth in the MVP voting. Overall, he hit 20 or more home runs in Philadelphia six times and drove in 80 or more runs on five occasions.

Despite all his accolades, Allen had issues with teammates, management and fans and was the subject of scrutiny on a near-constant basis. He held out yearly, got in a fight that led to veteran slugger Frank Thomas being released (to be fair, Thomas did smack him in the shoulder with a bat), was suspended several times for either no-showing to games or showing up late, left the team for nearly a month in 1969 and got two managers fired before his traded to St. Louis in 1969. Allen spent single seasons with the Cardinals and Dodgers before winning the MVP Award in 1972 with the White Sox. He had two injuries that also limited him during his career. In 1967, he was working on his car when his hand slipped and went through the headlight, cutting two tendons and severing a nerve. Six years later, Allen missed more than half the season after suffering a hairline fracture of a bone in his right leg in a collision.

Known as the “Wampum Walloper” for his Pennsylvania hometown, Allen returned for two disappointing seasons in Philadelphia and one more with Oakland, retiring early in 1978. He finished his nine-year Phillies career (1963-69 and 75-76) with a .290 average, 697 runs, 1,143 hits, 204 doubles, 204 home runs (tenth in franchise history), 655 RBIs, a .530 slugging percentage (fourth) and 2,087 total bases in 1,070 games. In addition to the “hot corner,” he spent time at first base and in left field. In his post-playing career, Allen worked to repair his image, working as a coach, instructor and ambassador for the game. He passed away in 2020 at age 78,

2. Willie Jones – He got his unique nickname of “Puddin’ Head” from a popular song from the 1930s. Jones played 35 games in brief call-ups during his first two seasons, but he made an impression on his future team. While playing in the minors with Toronto, he left a game and went to the hospital after being hit in the head by a pitch. Jones returned the following day and, after the pitcher threw the first pitch at his head, he responded by throwing his bat at the pitcher, sparking a brawl that ended with three players being arrested (but he was not one of them). Jones was a great run-producer and improved his fielding after being poor early in his career. His best season was 1950, when he earned his first All-Star team after setting career bests with 100 runs, 163 hits, 25 home runs and 88 runs batted in. The 24-year-old was also a leading member of the “Whiz Kids” team that won the pennant that year, and he had four hits in a losing effort against the Yankees in the World Series.

Jones was inconsistent later in his Phillies tenure, with his production staying steady, but his batting average fluctuating. He bounced back in 1958 but was traded to the Indians in early June the following year. Three weeks later, he was sent to the Reds, and he spent his final three years there before retiring in 1961. Jones spent 13 of his 15 seasons with Philadelphia (1947-59), totaling 735 runs, 1,400 hits, 232 doubles, 180 home runs, 753 RBIs and 2,236 total bases in 1,520 games. The two-time All-Star won six fielding titles and led all third basemen in putouts seven times. Jones passed away due to cancer in 1983 at age 53.

1. Mike Schmidt – Unlike Rolen and Allen, who were stars for the Phillies out of the gate, the 1971 second-round pick struggled in his first season, batting just .196 in 1973. Schmidt played winter ball in Puerto Rico for the second straight year, which helped him develop the stance and swing that would hit more than 500 home runs and lead the league in the category eight times over an 18-year career, all spent with Philadelphia (1972-89).

Schmidt was the offensive catalyst for a team on the rise, with the Phillies making the playoffs six times in eight years from 1976-83. In the first of those playoff seasons, he led the league in homers for the third straight year and became just the fourth player in baseball history at the time to hit four in a game, which he did on April 17 against the Cubs. Philadelphia celebrated the 100th year since the birth of the National League and our nation’s 200th birthday by hosting the All-Star Game and winning 101 games and a division title. The slugging third baseman finished third in the MVP voting and drove in two runs in the NLCS, but his team fell to the Reds. Two more division titles and disappointing postseason losses followed, with Schmidt becoming a perennial gold glove recipient but also dealing with injuries, especially in 1978.

“Schmitty” kept hitting home runs at a prodigious rate, winning back-to-back MVP Awards. In 1980, he was a unanimous selection after batting .286 with league-leading totals of 48 homers (a record by a third baseman) and 121 runs batted in. Although he continued a postseason slump in the NLCS against the Astros, he broke through in the World Series, totaling six runs, eight hits, two home runs and seven RBIs to earn MVP honors as the Phillies beat the Royals for their first championship. The following year, Schmidt posted a .316-31-91 stat line, with his average being a career-high and the last two marks leading the league, and he was named MVP once again in the strike-shortened season. In the midst of nine straight 30-homer seasons, Schmidt led his team of aging veterans, collectively known as the “Wheeze Kids” (a play on the team’s “Whiz Kids” nickname from the 1950 season) to the pennant in 1983. However, the third baseman slumped again, getting only one hit in 20 at-bats in the loss to the Orioles in the World Series.

After starting the 1985 season in a slump, Schmitt moved to first base but returned to his normal position for his final four seasons. The following year, he won a record-tying third MVP Award after batting .290 and leading the league with 37 home runs and 119 RBIs and amassing his tenth gold glove and sixth silver slugger. Another solid season followed in 1987, but knee and rotator cuff injuries took their toll the following year. Schmidt began the 1989 season on the roster, but knew he was not the same player he had been in previous years, so he retired in late May. He suited up for his 12th All-Star Game but did not play. Schmidt ended the 1980s with 313 home runs, the most by any hitter in the decade.

Schmidt holds many Phillies’ offensive records including games (2,404), runs (1,506), home runs (548), RBIs (1,595), walks (1,507), strikeouts (1,883) and total bases (4,404). He ranks second in team history in hits (2,234), third in doubles (408) and fifth in slugging percentage (.527) to go with 59 triples, 174 stolen bases and a .267 average. Schmidt topped 100 RBIs nine times and led the league on four occasions. He also topped the N. L. in slugging percentage five times, strikeouts four times and walks, on-base percentage and total bases three times each. He amassed 19 runs, 33 hits, nine doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs in 36 postseason contests. Schmidt became “Mr. Phillie,” working as an instructor and minor league manager for nearly two decades while also had a brief run as a game analyst. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1995.

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