As spring training approaches, we take a look back at Phillies history. Here are the top catchers in Phillies franchise history.
With pitchers and catchers getting ready to report to spring training this week, we take a look back at the top catchers in the history of the Phillies.
These men were behind the plate for most of the first 31 seasons in franchise history. While likely not household names except to the most prominent Phillies historians, their accomplishments are worth mentioning.
Jack Clements (1884 – 1897)
Clements had his best season in 1893 when he hit .285 with 17 home runs and 80 RBI. He ranks first among catchers in franchise history in runs and RBI, second in hits and third in stolen bases. Clements played his final three seasons with St. Louis, Cleveland and Boston, retiring in 1900 with a career batting average of .287.
Red Dooin (1902 – 1914)
Dooin never reached 20 doubles, 50 RBI or more than 6 home runs in a season. His Phillies career batting average was only .241, but Dooin makes this list for his longevity alone. He is the all-time franchise leader in games behind the plate and ranks first among catchers with 132 stolen bases.