Phillies Franchise History: Greatest Player to Wear Each Number

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Former Philadelphia Phillies greats, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt were among many on hand to honor former manager Charlie Manuel who was to be inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame during a ceremony before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: Former Philadelphia Phillies greats, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt were among many on hand to honor former manager Charlie Manuel who was to be inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame during a ceremony before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 2: Former Philadelphia Phillie Curt Schilling waves to the fans after his induction ceremony into the Phillies ‘Wall of Fame’ before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on August 2, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves won 6-4. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 2: Former Philadelphia Phillie Curt Schilling waves to the fans after his induction ceremony into the Phillies ‘Wall of Fame’ before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on August 2, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves won 6-4. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

6. . . . Curt Schilling. 38. team

Say what you will about what he has done after his playing career, but Curt Schilling was a force to be reckoned with on the mound. He was an effective pitcher for two decades with five teams, including the Phillies.

Schilling resurrected his career as a starter in 1992, starting 26 games and appearing in 42 games altogether. He led the league in WHIP and hits per nine innings that year while being worth 5.9 wins above replacement. While Schilling did not have a great regular season in 1993, he was NLCS MVP that year, allowing three earned runs in two starts.

Schilling earned his first All-Star appearance in 1997, finishing fourth in Cy Young voting that year. He racked up a league-leading 319 strikeouts in 254.1 innings. It set the record for most strikeouts by a Phillie in single-season. Schilling had a 17-11 record, 2.97 ERA, 1.046 WHIP, and 5.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35 starts.

In 1998, Schilling led the league in complete games (15), starts (35), innings (268.2), and strikeouts (300). Schilling didn’t lead the league in any category the next year, but still was an All-Star.

Altogether, Schilling finished his Phillies career with a 3.35 ERA, 14 shutouts, 1.120 WHIP, and 3.74 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 242 appearances. Schilling was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2000, where he went on be World Series MVP in 2001. He won two more World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, his final year in the majors.

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