#4. Curt Schilling
Like Lee, Curt Schilling was never able to reach his ultimate goal of bringing another World Series trophy to Philadelphia. However, when you reflect back on his nine year career with the team, it’s clear that this is just a small piece to an otherwise legendary puzzle.
After struggling early on his career, Schilling joined the Phillies at the age of 25 looking to rebuild himself as a top shelf starter. In his very first season with the team, Schilling won 14 games and led the MLB with a 0.990 WHIP. It’s safe to say he had earned his role as the Phillies’ go-to starter.
Despite Schilling’s absurd years in ‘92, things would only get better for the 6’ 5” righty.
Schilling would go on to lead the Phillies back to the World Series in 1993, and although they ultimately lost to the defending champions (Blue Jays), Schilling’s postseason run that year was pure magic. He posted a 2.58 ERA throughout the playoffs, winning the NLCS MVP and even throwing a complete game in the World Series.
Despite the heartbreak of losing the big one, Schilling would continue to go on to play at an ace level for Philly. He was named to the All Star game in 1997, 1998, and 1999. He also finished fourth in Cy Young voting during the 1997 season.
Schilling would finish his Phillies career with 101 wins, ranking towards the top in a whole arsenal of franchise records. The beloved athlete would go on to win three World Series’ after he departed Philadelphia, including a WS MVP with the Diamondbacks in 2001.