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Handy in a Pinch: Dave Philley

By Cort Vitty

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

Fans of the 1958 Philadelphia Phillies had little to cheer about at the end of a rather dismal season. When the final standings were posted, the club was firmly planted dead last in the National League. One bright note was the team’s pinch-hitting performance: It led both major leagues with an impressive batting average of .308 and 11 home runs.1 A leading contributor to this clutch performance was a well-traveled veteran named Dave Philley, . . .

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