5 most legendary Phillies first basemen of all time

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Who are the greatest first basemen in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history?

In the long and storied history of the Philadelphia Phillies, there have been many legendary players.

Since MLB is currently in lockout and teams can’t sign anyone new, we’re looking back at the most legendary players to ever wear the Phillies uniform. We started with starting pitchers and relievers, then catchers, and now, we throw to first.

Here are the five most legendary first basemen in Phillies history…

5. Dolph Camilli, Phillies 1934-37

The Phillies are known for trading away great players, but their trade of Don Hurst actually netted an unexpected boon in Dolph Camilli.

Camilli came to the Phillies via trade from the Cubs in 1934 and hit 12 home runs and 20 doubles in his first partial season with the club. Over his three full seasons with the club, he hit 25+ home runs and 23+ doubles each year. He also led the NL with a .446 on-base percentage in 1937.

Of course, the Phillies then looked the gift horse in the mouth and traded Camilli to the Brooklyn Dodgers for $45,000. He went on to win NL MVP and the Dodgers won the pennant. Typical Phillies blunder.