Phillies All-Decade Team 1970s: Homegrown Talent at the Forefront

PHILADELPHIA, PA - CIRCA 1980: Pitcher Steve Carlton #32 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during an Major League Baseball game circa 1980 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carlton played for the Phillies from 1972-86. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - CIRCA 1980: Pitcher Steve Carlton #32 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during an Major League Baseball game circa 1980 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carlton played for the Phillies from 1972-86. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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CLEARWATER, FL – MARCH 6: Dave Cash throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies play against the Washington Nationals March 6, 2013 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL – MARCH 6: Dave Cash throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies play against the Washington Nationals March 6, 2013 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /

Dave Cash

Cash was on the verge of stardom during his first four years in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Phillies acquired Cash via trade with the Pirates for Ken Brett on October 18, 1973.

The best three seasons of his career were all in a Phillies uniform. in 1974, hit .300 with 26 doubles, 11 triples, 58 RBI, 20 stolen bases, and led the league in at-bats with 687.  He was also above average defensively with a .977 fielding percentage, four points above the league average. Cash’s efforts earned him his first All-Star appearance.

Cash had the best season of his career in 1975, leading the league in hits with 213, had 40 doubles, 111 runs scored, 50 RBI, and a .305 batting average.  He made his second All-Star team and followed that up in 1976 with a .284 average, a league-best 12 triples, 56 RBI, and only 16 strikeouts in 666 at-bats.

Cash was granted free agency in November of 1976 and went on to play for the Expos for three seasons and the Padres for one before retiring.

Although his time in Philadelphia was relatively short, Cash made the most of it, hitting .296 with 608 hits, 80 doubles, and 26 triples. His range factor and fielding percentage were above the league average, making him a dual-threat and best second baseman for the Phillies in the 1970s.