From Frank Fitzpatrick at Philly.com on June 26:
A generation of Phillies fans, many recent converts who knew little but baseball frustration, now understandably believes that this is the golden era of Philadelphia baseball.
But is it?
Though Philadelphia’s 128-year history as a major-league city has been marked by much more failure than success, there have been a few – painfully few – other periods of extended success.
Some of baseball’s all-time greats populated those A’s teams [of 1929-31]. In fact, the Society of American Baseball Research’s list of the top 100 players of all-time includes four – first-baseman Jimmie Foxx (14), pitcher Lefty Grove (33), catcher Mickey Cochrane (50), and outfielder Al Simmons (66). The MLB Network recently named Grove the best lefthanded pitcher of all time.
Originally published: June 27, 2011. Last Updated: June 27, 2011.