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Friday Phillies Card Blogging

To celebrate his 64th birthday today (please ignore that the post is coming 7 1/2 hours too late to technically count as a Friday post) this week's honoree is Adolfo Phillips.

1966 Topps, #32 Adolfo Phillips



A largely unforgotten player in the infamous Fergie Jenkins trade, his performance with the Cubs in 1966 and 1967 only made the trade worse from the Phillies standpoint. His 1966 season was better than any enjoyed by the Phils OF corps that year and only one Phillie OF, Tony Gonzalez, had better numbers in 1967. But he didn't just outplay the Phillies outfielders, he was a solidly above-average performer those two seasons and compiled OPS of 119 and 136 in those two years respectively. Unfortunately, something happened to Phillips -- Cubs manager Leo Derucher once claimed that Phillips was "the next Willie Mays" and less than three years later had him traded because he felt that Phillips was wasting his talent -- and he didn't enjoy the standard career projection that a 25-year-old should've enjoyed after the '67 season.

Despite its auspicious start, his career was for all practice purposes over at the end of the 1970 season -- he had just nine more meaningless plate appearances while with the Indians in 1972. He was just 28-years-old and should've been enjoying his career peak.

Unfortunately, his biggest claim to fame may have occurred on June 11, 1966 when he broke the National League record and tied the major-league record by striking out in nine consecutive plate appearances.

One final note about this card: once again, the old problem of latino players lying about their age rears it's ugly head. Baseball Reference lists his birthyear as 1941 while the back of the card lists it as 1943. I was unable to find any information regarding what his age was thought to be while he was playing.

Sources:
Baseball Library
Baseball Reference
The Hardball Times
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