Phillies history: Top 5 greatest catchers in Phillies franchise history

Darren Daulton and Bob Boone are two of the top five catchers in Philadelphia Phillies history
Darren Daulton and Bob Boone are two of the top five catchers in Philadelphia Phillies history / Hunter Martin/GettyImages
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No. 3: Bob Boone

It took nearly a century for a Phillies catcher to secure the final out of a World Series victory, and Boone was the man to accomplish it in 1980 when he received the strike three pitch from Tug McGraw.

In addition to achieving immortality as part of the franchise's first-ever championship club, Boone also made his mark over the course of a decade with the Phillies by making three All-Star teams and winning two Gold Gloves (which would have been more if not for the presence of Johnny Bench).

Boone wasn't much with the stick, but few catchers were in his day. Still, he managed to pile up almost 1,000 hits with the Phils as part of a .259 average. When it mattered most, however, Boone hit .412 in the 1980 World Series.

Boone eventually retired as the all-time MLB leader in games caught (2,225), although he now sits in third place after being passed by Iván Rodríguez and Carlton Fisk. Thanks to his father Ray and his sons Bret and Aaron, Bob Boone’s family has been present in MLB for 75 years. It wouldn’t have played out that way if not for his solid career that was spent mostly with the Phillies.