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Dave Philley (1920-2012): Consecutive Pinch Hits Record Holder

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  • Dave Philley (1920-2012): Consecutive Pinch Hits Record Holder

    Dave Philley passed away at his home in Paris, Texas Thursday, March 15. He was about two months shy of his 92nd birthday. He had been listed as the 37th oldest living major leaguer and 7th oldest living Philadelphia Phillieby Wikipedia's 100 oldest living major leaguers list up until the time of his passing.
    He was an outfielder who accumulated 1700 hits in1904 games despite losing several years to military service during World War Two.
    H was a .270 lifetime hitter, reaching a career high of .303 in 620 at bats for the 1953 Philadelphia Athletics.
    He is probably mosty associated with the Chicago White Sox (who he spent the most time with (1941, 1946-1951 and 1956-1957) and the Philadelphia Phillies, where he set a record that still stands for most consecutive pinch hits.
    Philley was a solid everyday player for ten years (1947-1956). Beginning in 1957 he became more of a pinch hitting specialist and playing less often in the field.
    He holds the record for most consecutive Pinch Hits in more than one season and is tied for the record for the most pinch hits in a single season. Philley was a Phil from June 1958 to June 1960. His record streak consisted of his hitting safely in all of his last eight pinch hitting attempts of the 1958 season and in his fiorst pinch hitting attempt of the 1959 season for a total of nine consecutive pinch hits. The eight in 1958 ties the record for consecutive pinch hits in one season, while he has the record to himself for consecutive pinch hits that can be spread out over more than one season (9).
    In a major leagues career spanning over two decades, From 1941 to 1962, Philley Played for the Chicago White sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox, including three stints with the White sox and two stints with the Orioles.

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