Phillies All-Decade Team 1970s: Homegrown Talent at the Forefront
McBride was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals, along with Steve Waterbury to the Phillies on June 15, 1977 for Dane Iorg, Tom Underwood, and Rick Bosetti. He brought to Philadelphia a solid resume which included four-plus straight .300 batting average seasons and Rookie of the Year.
He continued the stellar offense in 85 games with the Phillies in 1977, hitting .339 with 20 doubles, 11 home runs, 41 RBI, and 27 stolen bases. The following season, McBride’s batting average dropped significantly to .269 but still had 20 doubles and 28 stolen bases.
The 1979 season saw McBride reach double digits in doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases, while hitting .280. Despite playing outstanding defense, committing only seven errors in 339 games, McBride never received a Gold Glove Award.
McBride went on to play for the Phillies through the 1981 season before finishing his career with the Cleveland Indians, knee-injuries forcing retirement at the age of 34.
In five seasons with the Phillies, McBride hit .292 with 616 hits, 106 doubles, 44 home runs, and 98 stolen bases.
Honorable mention: Willie Montanez