It's a fun thing, to beat a legend without being one.
The original "Whitey" would go on to play for the future Phillies' whiniest rivals. Also, he was terrible.
Dirty tricks and maimed teammates highlighted the career of defensive virtuoso Jake Virtue.
Cloaked in mystery, George "Shorty" Wetzel may never have been who we thought he was.
Some people touch history only briefly; others, not at all.
One infielder showed that sarcasm was a welcome quality in teammates from any era.
One tiny little man forced himself on baseball in a way that set the bar for the sport's many subsequent "scrappy" players.
Sometimes a little hair 'o the dog is just what you need to sleep through a literal trainwreck.
Oyster Burns' career was full of wondrous accolades and being told to shut the hell up.
No comical nickname this time; just a Civil War-born fellow who caught three innings for the Quakers.
Philadelphia was the birthplace of the world's best reason people shouldn't come up with their own nickname.
Some men just don't know when to give up. Others are named "Socks." One man was both.
In the first entry to an offseason series on baseball players born in Philadelphia who didn't necessarily stay there, we look at a fielder with solid instincts who chose to deny himself one of the sport's small luxuries - a glove.