Phillies top five unbreakable single season records
Chuck Klein: 170 runs batted in
One of the best overall hitters in franchise history, Klein already holds the career franchise record in slugging percentage at .553. His 1930 season was one for the ages. Klein hit .386 with 59 doubles, 40 home runs, 170 RBI and a .687 slugging percentage.
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One could argue that his mark for doubles, RBI and slugging percentage will all stand, but I think the RBI total is the most likely to stand the test of time. With power and extra-base hits on the rise, Klein’s doubles and slugging percentage marks could very well be surpassed. However, his RBI total is likely safer.
Klein’s 170 RBI in 1930 is the seventh-highest single-season total in Major League history.
The top six all played during the same era, and 20 of the top 22 single-season RBI totals are from 1937 or prior. No player over the past 18 seasons has surpassed 160 RBI, the last two being Sammy Sosa (160 in 2001) and Manny Ramirez (165 in 1995).
The closest any Phillies player has come to Klein’s mark was Ryan Howard, who had three seasons of more than 140 RBI, topping out at 149 in 2005. The type of player who could challenge the mark needs to hit for a high average, play nearly every game, hit for power, and be a part of an overall high potent attack. Since only three players after 1930 (all in the 1930s) surpassed Klein’s 170 RBI, it’s doubtful that his franchise mark will ever fall.