Phillies: Power ranking players in the Hall of Famers
Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg
Unfortunately for the Phillies, Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg played a combined 21 games for the club despite each coming up through the farm system.
Jenkins and Sandberg are the subjects of the worst trades in franchise history, both of which involved the Chicago Cubs.
Signed by the Phillies on June 15, 1962, the right-handed Canadian starter Jenkins spent four seasons in the Phillies farm system with tremendous success. In 99 minor league games Jenkins had a 2.85 ERA and won 40 games.
Philadelphia called Jenkins up from Triple-A Arkansas in September 1965 where he allowed no runs in his first 7.2 innings, all as a reliever. He finished the season with a 2-1 record highlighted by a save and a 2.19 ERA.
Jenkins made one relief appearance for the Phillies on April 20, 1966, before the club traded him the next day to the Cubs along with John Herrnstein and Adolfo Phillips for Bob Buhl and Larry Jackson.
By today’s standard, the trade was horrendous for the Phillies, even without knowing Jenkins would be a Hall of Famer. Buhl and Jackson were pitchers in their late 30s who would soon end their careers in Philadelphia.
Jenkins would go on to win 284 games with a 3.34 ERA, 3,192 strikeouts, 267 complete games, and the 1971 Cy Young award. He finished top-three in Cy Young votes five times and finished fifth in the 1974 MVP race.
As for Sandberg, a 20th round selection in 1978, the Phillies called him up one year after their first championship to play 13 games in September and October. About four months later the Phillies would trade Larry Bowa and one of the greatest second basemen of all-time to the Cubs for Ivan de Jesus, a shortstop coming off a zero home run, .194 batting average season.
The rest is history with Sandberg, who would hit 282 home runs, win an MVP, collect nine Gold Gloves, make 10 All-Star games, and earn seven Silver Slugger before being inducted into the Hall of Fame on his third ballot in 2005.
Sandberg would infamously manage the Phillies one whole season and two partial seasons before quitting on the team midway through the 2015 season. During his tenure the club had a .428 winning percentage and 119 wins, the second-fewest in team history for a three-year manager.
Yes, the Phillies traded two Hall of Famers who won a Cy Young, MVP, 13 All-Star games, and a whole lot of street-cred in Chicago.