Phillies: Top 10 Home Run Hitters in Franchise History
By George Rider
Del Ennis remains a forgotten hero in Phillies history
3. Del Ennis (259 Home runs in 1,630 games)
Del Ennis was a big part of the Phillies lineup for 11 seasons including the famous 1950 “Whiz Kids”. He finished the 1950 season 4th in MVP voting while slashing .311/.372/.551 and leading the league in RBIs with 126. During that year he also hit 31 long balls with 34 doubles.
Ennis, the three time All Star, hit 20 long balls eight times including his career high 31 in 1950. Throughout his Phillies career he was a consistent long ball hitter. He finished top 10 in the league in home runs 8 times, doubles 5 times and triples 3 times.
Ennis ranks 4th in Phillies history in RBIs with 1,124, 4th in total bases (3029), 5th in hits (1812) , 6th in extra base hits (634) and of course 3rd in home runs with 259. All around consistent franchise player who was typically productive. He placed top 15 in MVP voting six times as a Phillie including his rookie season in 1946 when he placed 8th and was named an All Star.
Del Ennis was dealt to St. Louis after the 1956 season for Bobby Morgan and Rip Repulski, ending his tenure as a Philadelphia Phillie. Ennis is remembered in Philadelphia as a player with on base ability who could hit for power. He averaged 24 home runs per season in Philadelphia from 1946-1956, hitting .286/.344/.479 along the way.
2. Ryan Howard (382 Home runs in 1,572 games)
Ryan “Big Piece” Howard has many accolades to show how valuable he was for Philadelphia. Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger, MVP, NLCS MVP and a World Series ring on his finger.
Howard started his career hot, winning Rookie of the Year followed by an impressive 2006 MVP campaign in which he hit a franchise record 58 long balls and led the league with 149 RBIs. In that 2006 season he had his career high OPS with 1.084 and earned himself the Silver Slugger award hitting .313 for the year.
Howard didn’t stop there as his next three seasons (2007-2009) would earn him at least top five in MVP voting each year. In those seasons he hit .266/.363/.565 with an average of 47 home runs. He hit at least 40 or more home runs in four straight seasons. He led the league in RBIs three times and home runs twice during his career.
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Throughout his baseball career Ryan Howard hit home runs at an amazing pace. He ranks 11th for most home runs per 162 games, minimum of 1,000 games, with 39.4 long balls. He sits behind some great names including Mark McGwire (50.4), Babe Ruth (46.2), Giancarlo Stanton (42.9), Barry Bonds (41.3) and more.
Ryan Howard will always be known as a legend in Phillies franchise history. He was here for ups and downs and ultimately helped bring us to a World Series title. “The Big Piece” played all 13 MLB seasons in Philadelphia slashing .258/.343/.515 with 382 home runs.