Williams: The mystery of the 1930 Phillies

From SABR member Christopher Williams at Yahoo! Voices on June 14, 2013:

Imagine a team with a line-up that included a pair of outfielders who hit .386 and .383. The third baseman collected 207 hits for a .342 average, the guy at first hit .327 and the catcher chipped-in with a .313 average.

On the bench, the utility man figured out league pitching at a .341 clip, the back-up first sacker hit .380, and the second-string catcher finished the season at .331. The entire team batted .315, leading the league in hits with over 1,700 safeties.

Such an offensive juggernaut surely must have been a pennant contender, right?


The stats quoted were compiled by members of the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies and they finished dead last.

40 games out-of-first.

Seven games out-of-next-to-last.

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Originally published: July 5, 2013. Last Updated: July 5, 2013.