Rick Wise: June 23, 1971
On this day, Rick Wise was a one-man show both on the mound and at the plate. He threw a no-hitter against the Reds, allowing only a walk to Dave Concepcion. At the plate, Wise knocked in three of the Phillies four runs. He went deep to left off Ross Grimsley in the fifth and in the eighth off of Clay Carroll.
Wise finished the season with 17 wins and a 2.88 ERA, both career bests. At the plate, Wise belted six home runs or the season and had 15 career home runs in 668 at-bats.
Greg Luzinski: May 16, 1972
The Phillies won just 59 games in 1972 and had few memorable moments other than when Steve Carlton took the mound. However, an up and coming 21-year old slugger named Greg Luzinksi provided a glimpse of his incredible power.
Trailing 6-0 in the fourth against the Cubs on May 16, Luzinski blasted a home run off the Liberty Bell in the 400 level in center field at Veteran’s Stadium. The blast was estimated to be nearly 500 feet and one of the longest hit in the history of the stadium. Luzinski hit 18 home runs that season, 223 in a Phillies uniform and 307 during his career.
Mike Schmidt: April 17, 1976
One of the most incredible single-game power performances in MLB history, Mike Schmidt launched four home runs in an 18-16 win against the Cubs. More amazing about the feat is that Schmidt didn’t hit his first home run until the 5th inning of that game. That came against Rick Reuschel, followed by another against Reuschel in the 7th, off Mike Garman in the eighth and Paul Reuschel in the 10th.
The 10th inning blast proved to be the game-winner. Only Bobby Lowe, Mike Cameron, Rocky Colavito, Carlos Delgado, and Lou Gehrig matched Schmidt’s four consecutive home runs in a single game.