Phillies: Greatest single season runs in Philadelphia
Willie Hernandez – Relief pitcher (1983)
Hernandez was selected by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent in 1973 and selected by the Cubs from the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft in December 1976. He began his career with the Cubs in 1977 and spent his first six-plus seasons in Chicago before being traded to the Phillies for Dick Ruthven and Bill Johnson in May 1983.
During his only season with the Phillies, Hernandez was a key part of the bullpen, helping the Wheeze Kids win the 1983 NL Championship. He went 8-4 with seven saves and a 3.29 ERA in 63 appearances. Hernandez was again traded to the Tigers the following season, beginning the best run of his career. He won the Cy Young Award and AL MVP in 1984 and followed with two more All-Star appearances.
After three more seasons in Detroit, Hernandez retired with 70 wins, 147 saves and an ERA of 3.38.
Joe Morgan – Second base (1983)
Morgan spent his first nine seasons with Houston, making two All-Star appearances before making his most significant impact for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970s. In fact, Morgan made eight consecutive All-Star Games and won back-to-back MVP Awards in 1975 and 1976. Morgan was part of the 1980 Astros team that took the Phillies to five games in the NLCS.
After two seasons in San Francisco, Morgan was traded with Al Holland to the Phillies in December 1982. Although clearly at the end of a brilliant career when arriving in Philadelphia, Morgan was a key part of the 1983 NL Championship team.
Starting at second base, Morgan hit .230 with 16 home runs, 59 RBI, 89 walks and 18 stolen bases and was among several key veteran components to the team.
Morgan was released by the Phillies in late October and played a season with the A’s before retiring with 2,517 hits, 268 home runs and 689 stolen bases. Morgan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990.