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1986 Philadelphia Phillies
Major league affiliations
1986 information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Tony Siegle
Manager(s) John Felske
Local television WTAF
Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)

Under second-year manager John Felske, the Phillies stayed just below the .500 mark for roughly 2/3s of the season, until a charge after the All-Star break pushed the club past the St. Louis Cardinals and Montreal Expos into second place in the NL East. Unfortunately, the New York Mets finished with a major-league best 108-54 record, and finished 21 1/2 games ahead of the Phils. Mike Schmidt became the first third baseman in the history of the National League to win the MVP Award three times.[1]



Regular season

Veterans Stadium on Phillies Opening Night, April 11, 1986.

On August 20, 1986, pitcher Don Carman took a perfect game into the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. Giants catcher Bob Brenly hit a long drive into the gap in left-center field. Phillies center fielder Milt Thompson was positioned to make a running catch but the ball hit the base of his glove and was ruled a hit.[5] Carman pitched nine innings, gave up one hit, and was the winner when the Phillies scored in the top of the tenth on a Juan Samuel solo homer to win the game 1 to 0.[6]

The Phillies were the only team in the National League to post a winning record against the World Series champs, going 10-8 with a 7-2 mark at Veterans Stadium. One of the season highlights was the Phillies three-game sweep of the Mets in mid-September. On September 12, up by 22-games, the Mets needed to win one game to clinch the division and came to Philadelphia for a weekend-series. The Phillies won all three games, finishing the weekend by beating the Mets 6-0 behind a six-hit shutout by Kevin Gross who also tripled home two-runs. The sweep still left the Phillies down 19-games but was especially satisfying given the significant number of Mets fans who had traveled to Veterans Stadium for the weekend hoping to see the Mets clinch. [7]

The club scored a season-high 19 runs in a 19-1 throttling of the Chicago Cubs at the Vet on June 23.

Hall-of-Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt won the NL MVP for the third and final time in his career with a league-high 37 home runs with 119 RBI and a .290 average.[8]


Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
New York Mets 108 54 .667 --
Philadelphia Phillies 86 75 .534 21.5
St. Louis Cardinals 79 82 .491 28.5
Montreal Expos 78 83 .484 29.5
Chicago Cubs 70 90 .438 37
Pittsburgh Pirates 64 98 .395 44

Notable transactions


1986 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
3B Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 160 552 160 .290 37 119

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gross, GregGreg Gross 87 101 25 .248 0 8


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Stewart, DaveDave Stewart 8 0 0 0 6.57 9
Gorman, TomTom Gorman 8 0 1 0 7.71 8
Childress, RockyRocky Childress 2 0 0 0 6.75 1
Gross, GregGreg Gross 1 0 0 0 0.00 2

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Bill Dancy
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League George Culver
A Clearwater Phillies Florida State League Ron Clark
A Spartanburg Phillies South Atlantic League Roly de Armas
Short-Season A Utica Blue Sox New York-Penn League Tony Taylor
Short-Season A Bend Phillies Northwest League Ed Pebley



  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.152, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Jerry Koosman page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Tim Corcoran page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Alan Knicely page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Robbins, Michael (2004). Ninety Feet from Fame: Close Calls with Baseball Immortality. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. p. 244.  
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Mets end lost weekend in silence". Boca Raton News. 1986-09-15. p. 3B.,3452145&dq=phillies+mets+sweep. Retrieved 2009-07-14.  
  8. ^ Bernstein, Ralph (1986-11-20). "Schmidt wins third MVP crown". The Daily Collegian. p. 12. Retrieved 2009-07-14.  
  9. ^ Tom Gorman page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Dave Stewart page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Chuck Knoblauch page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Steve Carlton page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Dan Schatzeder page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007



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