The Philadelphia Phillies franchise has had more than 1,900 players take the field over the course of 133 official National League seasons.
During that entire time, just 34 individual players, or fewer than 2% of the total, have had the necessary combination of longevity and hitting success to have stepped up to the plate with a bat in their hands more than 4,000 times in a Phils uniform.
Of these players, only a dozen have managed to reach the 1,500 hits mark while wearing that Phils uniform. Some players, such as Pete Rose for a perfect example, have many more career hits, but those hits weren’t all with the Fightins.
The great “Charlie Hustle” slashed 826 of his MLB record 4,256 career hits over the five-year period during which he wore Phils pinstripes and powder blue. That 826 total puts him 48th on the club’s all-time list, still an impressive achievement that places him ahead of roughly 98% of the players who have ever come to bat for the team.
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Ryan Howard currently has 1,410 career hits over parts of a dozen seasons to this point in both his MLB and Phils career. At 90 hits shy of joining that “Phillies 1,500 Hits Club”, he had 108 hits in 2015. Time is running out on the once-great slugger. Can he become the 13th member of the list before it does?
Let’s take a look at those dozen men, the only twelve in club history to have reached the 1,500 career hits mark with the team. Before clicking through the slide show below, how many do you think you can guess, without researching? Give it a shot. Write down your answers, and then click through. Good luck.
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