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The crop of MLB players from the Philadelphia area has grown during the 21st century. Powerhouse local high school and AAU programs, especially in South Jersey and the Philadelphia Catholic League, send players to the highest levels with seeming regularity.

Older players include Negro Leagues star Roy Campanella and Phillies record holder Del Ennis. “Mr. October” even hailed from the Philadelphia area. His prime came long before baseball’s most prominent Eagles fan stole the attention as the best local baseball player. 

MLB Players from the Philadelphia Area

Go back further in history to enjoy classic names like Sparrow Morton, Buster Hoover, Oyster Burns, Horace Helmbold, Lefty Hoerst, Heinie Kappel, and Patsy O’Rourke. Everyone enjoys a great old school baseball name.

Honorable mentions to the all-time local roster include local broadcasters Ben Davis and the late John Marzano.

The official MLB website and the legendary TedSilary.com helped provide the archives to choose the starting lineup. It includes a roster of the starting nine (including a designated hitter), a five-man starting rotation, a closer, and a memorable Little Leaguer for good measure.

The city of Philadelphia has an unthinkable pick between two of the best managers in baseball history. How do you choose between Tommy Lasorda and Joe McCarthy?


97.5 The Fanatic has put together a comprehensive list of rosters of the best local players ever to play the four major professional sports.


 

  • 1. Joey Wendle (SS)

    Wendle grew up in Chester County before attending West Chester University. He’s put together a solid major league career as a reliable infielder for three different teams. He finished fourth in voting for the AL Rookie of the Year and made an All-Star appearance in 2021.

    Joey Wendle

  • 2. Mike Trout (OF)

    Phillies fans have been calling for Mike Trout to return “home” since he broke out as the AL Rookie of the Year in 2012. The pride of Millville, NJ has won three AL MVP Awards with the Los Angeles Angels, and his statistical prime was as good as any major leaguer in the history of the game.

    Mike Trout

  • 3. Reggie Jackson (OF)

    Mr. October was one of the best playoff performers in MLB history. Jackson won five World Series and made 14 All-Star appearances in 21 major league seasons, most notably with the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees.

    Reggie Jackson and Jimmy Rollins

  • 4. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)

    Goldschmidt established himself as one of the hardest-hitting sluggers of the 2010s. The first baseman spent eight years with the Arizona Diamondbacks before moving to the St. Louis Cardinals in his 30s.

    He won his first National League MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals after previously finishing sixth or higher in voting five times.

    Paul Goldschmidt

  • 5. Mike Piazza (DH)

    Mike Piazza grew up in Phoenixville, PA. The Los Angeles Dodgers found an all-time steal in the 62nd round of the 1988 MLB Draft.

    He built the basis of his Hall of Fame resume in seven seasons with the Dodgers and eight with the New York Mets. He was the best offensive catcher in the league during the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Mike Piazza of the New York Mets and Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies

  • 6. Roy Campanella (C)

    Roy Campanella spent eight seasons in the Negro Leagues before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and later 10 seasons in the majors. He won three MVP Awards and a World Series ring with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    Before he played professional baseball, he attended Simon Gratz High School in North Philadelphia.

  • 7. Del Ennis (OF)

    Seemingly every time you see a graphic flash across the screen on a Phillies broadcast, you see the name Del Ennis. He sits in the top 10 in franchise history in home runs, hits, RBIs, games played, and many other major statistical categories. Ennis grew up in the Olney section of Philadelphia before his career with the Phillies.

  • 8. Christian Walker (3B)

    The pool of third basemen isn’t very deep, so a Gold Glover at first base would need to make the transition. Christian Walker grew up in Norristown and attended the former Kennedy-Kenrick before his MLB career began.

    Christian Walker

     

  • 9. Phil Gosselin (2B)

    The utility infielder isn’t the most accomplished baseball player in this hypothetical lineup. However, he earned a spot with a respectable career as a journeyman who recognized his role and mastered it.

    Phil Gosselin became a high school star at local powerhouse Malvern Prep. He dropped one of the best feel-good lines in Philly sports history after a bases-clearing double early in his first season with the Phillies in 2019.

    “I’ve been up with the bases loaded a lot for the Phillies. It was just in my backyard as a kid, and it didn’t really count.” –Phil Gosselin

    Phil Gosselin

  • SP- Zac Gallen

    Every soul in South Jersey seems to have a connection to Zac Gallen or his family members. The Arizona Diamondbacks ace has flirted with an NL Cy Young Award in the prime years of his career.

    Zac Gallen

  • SP- Jamie Moyer

    The Phillies acquired Jamie Moyer in 2006 as a veteran deadline acquisition at age 43. He remarkably pitched in parts of five seasons into his late 40s and even pitched for the Colorado Rockies at age 49.

    The Souderton, PA native and Saint Joseph’s University graduate became one of the feel-good stories of the 2008 World Series as the local kid who returned home to win the title. He famously dug up the mound at Citizens Bank Park after the Game 6 clincher.

    Jamie Moyer

  • SP- Herb Pennock

    Kennett Square native Herb Pennock broke into the majors with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1912. He played 22 seasons for the A’s, Yankees, and Red Sox. His 241-162 career record earned him the nod for the Hall of Fame.

  • SP- Mark Gubicza

    Mark Gubicza spent the better part of the 1980s in the starting rotation for the Kansas City Royals. He won 132 games over a 14-year MLB career. He grew up in Philadelphia and attended Penn Charter.

    Mark Gubicza

  • SP- Bucky Walters

    Walters pitched in parts of five seasons with the Phillies to begin his MLB career. He moved on for his most successful years with the Cincinnati Reds. He won the NL MVP Award in 1939. Walters grew up in Abington and attended Germantown High School.

     

  • Closer- Joe Kerrigan

    Philadelphia will always celebrate a graduate of Father Judge and Temple University. Joe Kerrigan spent only four seasons in major league bullpens, but he returned to Philadelphia for a stint as the Phillies pitching coach in 2003 and 2004.

    Joe Kerrigan

  • Middle Relief- Mo’ne Davis

    She didn’t make it to the major leagues. We’re aware. However, Mo’ne Davis surprisingly took the sports world by storm during the 2014 Little League World Series. The memorable novelty of a Little League team playing just off South Street deserved acknowledgment in a look back at local baseball history.

    Mo'ne Davis

  • Manager- Joe McCarthy

    McCarthy won seven World Series in 16 seasons from 1931-1946 as the skipper for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees must’ve thought highly of him if they ignored interest from Babe Ruth to become their manager. The decision certainly paid off.

    He grew up playing baseball in Germantown.

    Joe McCarthy managed the 1941 Yankees

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