The list of great Phillies wearing 31-40 is dominated by great pitching
Halfway through the top Phillies individual seasons by uniform number, we’ve seen several Hall of Famers and a couple of players who were in Philadelphia for a single season.
In the fourth part of the series, we will see three more Hall of Famers and another “too close to call”, resulting in a tie.
Here’s a look at numbers 31 through 40.
31 – Garry Maddox (1977)
Maddox was best known for his defensive play in centerfield, earning eight Gold Gloves and the nickname “Secretary of Defense.” Hall of Famer and former broadcaster Ralph Kiner was said that “two-thirds of the world is covered by water, the other one third is covered by Garry Maddox”.
Coming over to the Phillies from the Giants in 1975, Maddox had some solid seasons at the plate, including a .330 average with 37 doubles, 68 RBI, and 29 stolen bases in 1976. That was good enough for fifth in the NL MVP voting. Despite the highest average and doubles total of his career, the 1977 season was the best overall season in his league.
During the season Maddox set a career-high in home runs (14) and runs scored (85). His 74 RBI was his highest in a Phillies uniform, as were his 10 triples. In addition, he hit .292 with 22 stolen bases and won his third Gold Glove Award.
Maddox was in the best offensive stretch of his career. From 1978 through 1980 Maddox averaged 12 home runs, 67 RBI, 30 doubles, and 28 stolen bases per year. He caught the final out of the 1980 NLCS against the Astros and was a key part of the Phillies first World Series title.