Top individual Phillies seasons ages 35 and over
Second base: Joe Morgan (1983, age 39)
Morgan was at the tail end of a Hall of Fame career in 1983, his only season in Philadelphia. Starting his career with Houston in 1963, Morgan was a two-time All-Star in his 10 seasons with the team. He made his mark a member of the Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine”, making eight straight All-Star appearances from 1972 through 1979.
Morgan played on the Astros’ team that lost to the Phillies in the 1980 NLCS and then two seasons with the Giants. During his lone season with the Phillies 1983 “Wheez Kids” NL Championship team, Morgan hit only .230.
However, he was quite productive, belting 16 home runs with 59 RBI, 18 stolen bases and 89 walks in 123 games. His on-base percentage of .370 and OPS of .773 were very solid, particularly for a 39-year old middle infielder.
In the NLCS that year, Morgan recorded just one hit and two walks in four games against the Dodgers. He was more productive in the World Series, recording five hits in five games. He hit two home runs and a triple, driving in two runs and scoring three. Morgan stole one base but was caught stealing twice.
The following season, Morgan wrapped up a 22-year Major League Career with the Oakland A’s, hitting .244 with six home runs in 116 games. Morgan retired with 2517 hits, 1650 runs, 268 home runs, 1133 RBI, 689 stolen bases and 1865 walks. He appeared on 10 All-Star games, won five Gold Glove awards, two MVP awards, and two World Series championships.