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Philadelphia Phillies 1950 Philadelphia Phillies 1950

Called the Whiz Kids because so many played in colleges

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The Whiz Kids of Philadelphia won the 1950 National League pennant with a 91-63 record... however, they were sweep by the New Yorkers in the 1950 World Series
Philadelphia Phillies 1950

Leading Players - words on back of 1950 Bowman Baseball Cards as follows -  Note: Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn went on and made the Hall of Fame.

* Robin Roberts Pitcher Throws RH, Bats LH  Born: Springfield Illinois - In his first full major league season, 1949, Robin Roberts had a 15-15 record with the Phillies, 3.69 ERA. Signed out of Michigan State for big bonus and sent to Wilmington of Inter-State League, 1948. Had compiled a 9-1 record, averaging 9 strikeouts per game, when Phillies brought him up in June. With Wilmington he once struck out 18 in 1 game.

* Richie Ashburn Outfield Bats Left, T RH  Born: Tilden Nebraska - One of the speed boys of the league. Richie Ashburn hit .284 in 154 games for the 1949 Philadelphia Phillies. In his rookie year, 1948, he hit .333 in 117 games, driving in 40 runs. Began in 1945 with the Phils Utica farm team. Spent 1946 in military service. Hit .362 for Utica in 137 games in 1947. Ashburn made the National League all star team in his freshman season.

* Del Ennis Outfield Right-handed  Born: Philadelphia - Played in all 154 games for 1949 Phillies. Hit .302. Batted in 110 runs. Slammed 39 doubles, 11 triples, 25 homers. In organized ball for first time in 1943 when he hit .346 for Trenton, N.J. Spent next two seasons on Phils roster, but was in military service. Returned to baseball in ?46, and hit .313 as a regular Phillie outfielder.

* Ken Heintzelman Pitcher Throws Left, Bats RH  Born: Peruque Missouri - Ken had his best season in 1949. Won 17 lost 10. Earned run average, 3.02, fourth best in league. Pitched five shut-outs, tying for league lead in that department. Had season's longest winning streak at nine games. Philadelphia fans voted Heintzelman the city's most valuable player of the year. Ken Heintzelman came to the Phillies from Pittsburgh in 1947.

* Dick Sisler First Base, Outfield, Bats Left, Throws RH  Born: St Louis - Son of the great George Sisler, Dick took over first base for the Phillies last season when Eddie Waitkus was unable to play. Did a grand job, hitting .289 in 121 games, and driving in 50 runs. Spent 4 years in minors, and 3 in service. Joined Cards, 1946, played a first and in outfield. Was traded to Phillies for 1948 season.

* Andy Seminick Catcher Right-handed  Born: Pierce West Virginia - Andy tied a modern National League record in 1949 by hitting 3 homers in a 9-inning game. Batted .243 in 109 games. Drove in 68 runs. Played in minors from 1940 until near the end of the 1943 season when he joined the Phillies for 22 games. Started 1944 with Phila., then shuffled off to Buffalo. Back with Phillies in 1945 and with them ever since.

* Bill Nicholson Outfield Bats Left, T RH Born: Chestertown Maryland - Swish Nicholson started in the Texas League, 1936, then came up to the Phila. A's. Spent 2½ years in the minors. Purchased June 1939 by the Cubs. Led league in home runs and RBIs in 1943, '44. Tied major league home run record, and set NL mark, with 4 home runs in 4 successive times at bat (2 games) in ?44. Traded to Phils after 1948 season.

* Sylvester Donnelly Phillies Pitcher Right-handed  Born: Olivia Minnesota - Blix Donnelly took part in 23 games for the Phillies last season. His work was mainly in relief, and he was involved in only 3 decisions. He won 2 and lost 1. After 9 seasons in the minors, Nicknamed Blix. He joined the St. Louis Cards in 1944. He was the Cardinals hero in the World Series that year. Sylvester Donnelly came to the Phillies in July 1946.

* Stan Lopata Phillies Catcher Right-handed  Caught 83 games last season. Hit .271. A highly regarded catching prospect. Started with Terre Haute in 1946 and hit .292. Moved to Utica next season, hitting .325. Named Eastern League?s Most Valuable Player. Was with Toronto in 1948. In one game, played in Jersey City's Municipal Stadium, Stan Lopata's mighty bat drove in 8 runs.

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