4 Greatest Pitchers in Phillies History

Tristan Jung
Cole Hamels ranks as one of the best pitchers in Phillies history.
Cole Hamels ranks as one of the best pitchers in Phillies history. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Phillies have a history of great pitching staffs. Their World Series wins in 1980 and 2008 were anchored by elite pitching, and they've had many great pitchers in between.

With 137 years of history, admittedly largely spent with losing records, to choose from, here's who we ranked as the four best pitchers in Phillies history, from worst to best.

4. Cole Hamels

The most recent pitcher on the list, Hamels became a Phillies legend during his 10 years with the franchise, posting a 3.30 ERA with the team. Hamels was drafted and developed by the Phillies and was a huge success early in his career, making his first All-Star appearance in his second year. He was brilliant in the Phillies' World Series run in 2008 and continued to produce for the Phillies until he was traded in 2015 to the Texas Rangers.

3. Grover Alexander

Grover "Old Pete" Alexander only spent seven years with the Phillies, but they happened to be some of the best seasons of all time. Even in the dead-ball era, Alexander's numbers were outstanding. In 1915, he had a league-leading 1.22 ERA over 376 innings, and he backed it up with a 1.55 ERA the following year. Alexander was traded to the Cubs in 1917, but his seven years in Philadelphia were more than enough to go down in franchise history.

2. Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts was one of the best pitchers of the 1950s, winning 20 games in every year from 1950-1955. If the Cy Young Award had existed then, he would surely have at least one to his name. Roberts had great command and had one of the lowest walk rates (4.7 percent) in baseball history. Although the teams he played for didn't have great success after winning the 1950 NL pennant, Roberts is still a franchise legend.

1. Steve Carlton

Although Steve "Lefty" Carlton spent the first seven years of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, he became a true great in Philadelphia after being traded for Rick Wise in one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history. In 15 years with the Phillies, Carlton won three Cy Young Awards. He led the Phillies to the 1980 World Series title and another NL pennant in 1983. His phenomenal numbers and connection to great teams has earned him a permanent place in Phillies lore.

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