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5 Best Players in Philadelphia Pro Sports History

Jason Schandl
The greatest players in Philadelphia pro sports history, including Mike Schmidt.
The greatest players in Philadelphia pro sports history, including Mike Schmidt. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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Between the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers, there has been no shortage of greatness in Philly pro sports.

Those great teams have come with some great players, of course, and these are the five best athletes in the history of Philadelphia pro sports.

5. Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles (1949-1962)

Chuck Bednarik was the greatest Eagles player of all time.
Chuck Bednarik was the greatest Eagles player of all time. / Robert Riger/Getty Images

Making his NFL debut in 1949, Chuck Bednarik played both ways for the Eagles for 14 years. "Concrete Charlie" was a six-time All-Pro, winning two championships with the Eagles.

4. Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers (1976-1987)

Julius Erving is one of the best 76ers players of all time.
Julius Erving is one of the best 76ers players of all time. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Coming over to the 76ers from the New York Nets, Julius Ervin was an all-star for each of his 11 seasons in Philly. "Dr. J" only won one ring with the Sixers, but he was an elite offensive threat for most of his career, averaging at least 20.0 points per game in each of his first nine seasons with the Sixers.

3. Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers (1969-1984)

Bobby Clarke is the greatest player in Flyers history.
Bobby Clarke is the greatest player in Flyers history. / Graig Abel/Getty Images

Bobby Clarke helped lead the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley cup wins in the 1973-74 and '74-75 seasons. He scored 100-plus points three times in his 15-year NHL career, also leading the league in assists twice. To this day, Clarke remains the Flyers' all-time leader in both points (1,210) and assists (852).

2. Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1989)

Mike Schmidt is the greatest Phillies player of all time.
Mike Schmidt is the greatest Phillies player of all time. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Arguably the greatest third baseman in MLB history, Mike Schmidt set the Philadelphia Phillies' all-time home run record with 548 across 18 seasons with the franchise. A three-time MVP, Schmidt led the National League in home runs eight times and in slugging percentage five times. He was also a 10-time Gold Glove award winner and took home World Series MVP honors when the Phillies won it all in 1980.

1. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors (1950-1962), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1968)

Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest player in Philadelphia pro sports history.
Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest player in Philadelphia pro sports history. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Wilt Chamberlain played for two difference franchises in Philadelphia, but the results were similar. He led the league in both points and rebounds per game in each of his first three seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors, which included astronomical averages of 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game in the 1961-62 season. When he came back in '56, he again led the league in both points (33.5) and rebounds (24.6) per game. He only won one championship, but his individual numbers (including the fabled 100-point game) are some of the most impressive in the history of any sport.


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