The most legendary Phillies third basemen of all time

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 21: Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies fields a ground ball during World Series game six between the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies on October 21, 1980 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Royals 4-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 21: Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies fields a ground ball during World Series game six between the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies on October 21, 1980 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Royals 4-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images) /
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Phillies Willie Jones
BROOKLYN, NY – 1956: Jim “Junior” Gilliam #19 of the Brooklyn Dodgers slides into third base as Willie Jones #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies waits for the ball during a MLB game in 1956 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images) /

4. Willie Jones, Phillies 1947-59

His “Puddin’ Head” nickname alone earns him a spot on this list, but Willie Jones was also a heck of a third baseman.

Jones joined the Phillies during one of many unsuccessful eras; in his debut season in 1947, they went 62-92-1. Different times.

However, by 1949, they were above .500, and by 1950, they were the 91-win Whiz Kids and the National League pennant winners.

Over thirteen seasons, the two-time All-Star hit .258/.343/.413 with a .756 OPS. He averaged 24 doubles and 18 home runs per 162 games. Between 1949-58, his final full season in Philadelphia, Jones played 118+ games every year and had 108+ hits in all but one season. Among franchise leaders, Jones’ six grand slams are third-most, behind Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard.

The Gold Glove Award wasn’t given out until 1957, but if they’d started earlier, Jones would’ve had a few. Between 1949-56, he led NL third basemen in putouts seven times, twice in assists and double plays turned, and four times in games played at third.

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