1968 Philadelphia Phillies season

1968 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1968 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in Major League Baseball. The Phillies finished eighth in the National League with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses, 21 games behind the NL pennant-winning Cardinals.

Offseason

Regular season

The Phillies were scheduled to open the 1968 season on April 9, 1968 in Los Angeles. However, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, leading to days of national unrest. President Johnson declared Monday, April 8, a national day of mourning, and the funeral was scheduled for April 9. The Dodgers initially refused to postpone the game leading Phillies GM John Quinn and President Bob Carpenter to announce that the Phillies would not play on April 9 even under threat of forfeit. On April 7, Quinn told reporters, "Under the rules, the game can be forfeited and we could be fined. But we have made our final decision. We will not play."[4] In consultation with NL President Warren Giles, the Dodgers eventually agreed and postponed the game.[5] The Phillies opened April 10, 1968 with a Chris Short 2 to 0 shutout of the Dodgers.[6]

On July 28, 1968, George Culver of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a 6-1 no-hitter against the Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium.[7]

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 -- .599
San Francisco Giants 88 74 9 .543
Chicago Cubs 84 78 13 .519
Cincinnati Reds 83 79 14 .512
Atlanta Braves 81 81 16 .500
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 17 .494
Los Angeles Dodgers 76 86 21 .469
Philadelphia Phillies 76 86 21 .469
New York Mets 73 89 24 .451
Houston Astros 72 90 25 .444

Notable transactions

  • June 7, 1968: Buddy Schultz was drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.[8]

Roster

1968 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Money, DonDon Money 4 13 3 .231 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 34 213.2 12 14 2.78 151

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Boozer, JohnJohn Boozer 38 2 2 5 3.67 49

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League Bob Skinner and Bobby Klaus
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Frank Lucchesi
A Tidewater Tides Carolina League Bob Wellman
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Bobby Malkmus
Short-Season A Huron Phillies Northern League Dallas Green
Short-Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Nolan Campbell
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Reading[9]

Notes

References

  • 1968 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference