Phillies have rich history of home run leaders

Phillies have rich history of home run leaders

Eight Phillies have led the National League in home runs since the franchise was established in 1883. Three were right-handed hitters: Ed Delahanty, Gavvy Cravath and Mike Schimdt.

Phillies single-season record holders included Sam Thompson (20), Cravath (24), Cy Williams (30), Chuck Klein (43), Schmidt (48) and Ryan Howard (58).

Phillies who led the NL in HRs
Year Player HRs
1889 OF Sam Thompson 20
1893 OF Ed Delahanty 19
1895 Thompson 18
1896 Delahanty 13*
1913 OF Gavvy Cravath 19
1914 Cravath 19
1915 Cravath 24
1917 Cravath 12*
1918 Cravath 8
1919 Cravath 15
1920 OF Cy Williams 15
1927 Williams 30*
1929 OF Chuck Klein 43
1931 Klein 31
1932 Klein 38*
1933 Klein 28
1975 3B Mike Schmidt 38
1976 Schmidt 38
1980 Schmidt 48
1981 Schmidt 31
1983 Schmidt 40
1984 Schmidt 36*
1986 Schmidt 37
2003 1B Jim Thome 47
2006 1B Ryan Howard 58
*tied for lead

As a player-manager in 1920, Cravath hit a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter for a 3-0 win over the Giants. It was the last home run of his career, giving him 119, the most in baseball history. That distinction lasted only one season, as Babe Ruth finished 1921 with 120.

Larry Shenk is in charge of alumni relations and team historian for the Phillies. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.