Many Philadelphia Phillies have earned great nicknames through the years. One of the best to emerge in recent seasons has been “Babe Ruf”, which was bestowed upon Darin Ruf by his Reading Phillies' teammates last season. However, this prospect has yet to prove himself in the big leagues.
I believe that a great nickname is worn by a player who holds a significant place in team history. With that in mind, let's review five players and their fine Phillies' monikers.
Don Richard Ashburn's most famous nickname wasn't Richie. The most beloved figure in the history of Philadelphia baseball was known simply by the color of his hair. “Whitey” was adored and is missed.
Michael Jack Schmidt was fondly referred to as “Schmidty”. Arguably the greatest third baseman who ever lived, he was and is the greatest Phillies' player of all-time.
Steve “Lefty” Carlton. Any left-handed starting pitcher who is referred to by the name of his prominent throwing arm is obviously superb. He had the Cy Young Awards, the perfect delivery and was money every fifth game.
Mitch Williams was one of the many eccentric characters who embodied an unexpectedly strong 1993 National League Championship team. Every hardcore fan knows that “Wild Thing” wasn't the reason why the Phillies weren't able to capture the franchise's second championship trophy.
Brad Lidge won the 2008 Fall Classic when he struck out Eric Hinske. There's no doubt that without “Lights Out” Philadelphia was unlikely to have won its second-ever World Series championship during his perfect season.