Ranking the Top 5 greatest shortstops in Phillies franchise history

The Phillies have had some incredible leaders and ball players who have played shortstop over the years. Who makes the cut for the top five greatest shortstops in franchise history?
The top two shortstops in Philadelphia Phillies history, Jimmy Rollins and Larry Bowa
The top two shortstops in Philadelphia Phillies history, Jimmy Rollins and Larry Bowa / Rich Schultz/GettyImages
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3. Granny Hamner

Of the players who made this list, Granville Wilbur Hamner was the longest-tenured Phillie of the bunch. He played in 1,501 career games as a Phillie, which is 11th on the all-time list regardless of position and third for all-time Phillies shortstops.

He was signed as an amateur free agent in September 1944 and made his professional debut that same year as a 17-year-old. He would go on to play in Philadelphia for 16 years, from 1944 to 1959. With the exception of 30 games, his entire career was with the Phillies.

Hamner ended his career with a slash line of .262/.303/.383 with three consecutive All-Star appearances from 1952-1954 and received MVP votes in six seasons. In his 1,501 games played for the Phillies, he accumulated 1,518 hits, 103 home runs, 711 runs scored, 708 RBI, and according to Baseball Reference, a 19.1 WAR.

During the 16 years Hamner played for the Phillies, they went to the playoffs just once, winning the NL pennant in 1950 but losing out to the New York Yankees. That team would come to be known as the Whiz Kids and be remembered forever in Phillies' lore. The total record for the Phillies in the 16 seasons Hamner was on the team was 1,155-1,311-12.

The team inducted Hamner into the Wall of Fame in 1987.