1969 Philadelphia Phillies season

1969 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1969 Philadelphia Phillies season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the newly established National League East with a record of 63-99, 37 games behind the division champion New York Mets, who went on to defeat Baltimore, four games to one, in the World Series. It was also the Phillies' penultimate season at Connie Mack Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

1969 was a year of transition for the organization. Dick Allen was suspended by the team for a month after missing a game against the New York Mets. Claiming that Allen was undermining him by going directly to owner R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr., manager Bob Skinner surprised the club by resigning on August 6. Skinner blasted the club for their handling of Allen and blamed Allen for the team's losing saying, "Allen has been a big factor in our losing and there is very definitely disharmony on the club." Skinner was replaced by coach George Myatt.[6] Allen would be traded from the club after the season. In addition to the turmoil in the clubhouse, the Phillies had expected that 1969 would be their final season at Connie Mack Stadium with an April 1970 opening planned for Veterans Stadium. Delays would push the Vet's opening to April 1971.

At Connie Mack Stadium on April 17, 1969, Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman threw a no-hitter against the Phillies. It was Stoneman's fifth major league start and only the ninth game of the Expos' existence.[7]

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's celebration in 1969 of the 100th anniversary of professional baseball, the Phillies conducted a fan vote to determine their all-time team. The players were honored on August 5, 1969 at Connie Mack Stadium before the Phillies' game against the San Francisco Giants. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was on-hand to recognize Robin Roberts as the Phillies' greatest player of all-time.[8]

The Phillies recorded four straight complete game shutouts from August 13 to August 16, 1969. The Phillies shutout the Atlanta Braves two games in a row in Atlanta then returned to Philadelphia where they shutout the Houston Astros in the following two games.[9]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 100 62 .617 --
Chicago Cubs 92 70 .568 8
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 12
St. Louis Cardinals 87 75 .537 13
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 .389 37
Montreal Expos 52 110 .321 48

Notable transactions

Roster

1969 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
C Ryan, MikeMike Ryan 133 446 91 .204 12 44
1B Allen, DickDick Allen 118 438 126 .288 32 89

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
Briggs, JohnnyJohnny Briggs 124 361 86 .238 12 46
Stone, RonRon Stone 103 222 53 .239 1 24
Barry, RichRich Barry 20 32 6 .188 0 0
Stone, GeneGene Stone 18 28 6 .214 0 0
Reid, ScottScott Reid 13 19 4 .211 0 0

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 36 228.1 12 15 4.41 150
Champion, BillBill Champion 23 116.2 5 10 5.01 70

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
Palmer, LowellLowell Palmer 26 90 2 8 5.20 68

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 46 1 2 6 4.28 47
Farrell, TurkTurk Farrell 46 3 4 3 4.00 40
Wilson, BillBill Wilson 37 2 5 6 3.32 48

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Eugene Emeralds Pacific Coast League Frank Lucchesi
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Bob Wellman
A Raleigh-Durham Phillies Carolina League Nolan Campbell
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Bobby Malkmus
Short-Season A Walla Walla Bears Northwest League Howie Bedell
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Dallas Green

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Raleigh-Durham, Pulaski[11]

Notes

References

  • 1969 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference