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The former location of the Phillies Wall of Fame, in Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park

The Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame is a collection of plaques, mounted on a brick wall next to the Left Field Gate at Citizens Bank Park, the ballpark of the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1978 to 2003, the Phillies inducted one figure from their franchise history and one notable person from the Philadelphia Athletics (A's) organization each year—with the exception of 1983, when the Phillies inducted their Centennial Team. Once Veterans Stadium closed in 2003, the wall plaques used to recognize the Phillies' members were moved to Citizens Bank Park; however, the Phillies no longer induct notable Athletics. Each person inducted into the Wall of Fame was honored with a metal plaque showing the person's face; their position with, and years of service to the team; and a summary of their most important contributions. In March 2004, the Athletics' plaques were relocated to the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and a single plaque listing all of the A's inductees was attached to a statue of Connie Mack located across the street from Citizens Bank Park.

Originally, the goal of the Wall of Fame was to induct the greatest players in Phillies and Athletics history; however, exceptions have been made for non-players who have made significant contributions to the organization. Mack, the Athletics' first inductee, had an 11-year playing career in the National League and the Players' League, but is most remembered for his managerial career, and was honored as such on the Wall. Members have been inducted for contributions in more than one area; Paul Owens, inducted in 1988, spent 48 years as a member of the Phillies organization, contributing as a scout, manager, general manager, and team executive. The Phillies have inducted four first basemen, four second basemen, five third basemen, three shortstops, one utility infielder, three catchers, 21 outfielders, 18 pitchers, seven managers, one general manager, one coach, two team executives, and two sportscasters. Twenty-one members of the Wall of Fame are also members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. All of the inductees in the first four seasons from both teams are members; Del Ennis was the first non-member to be inducted.

The first figures to be inducted into the Wall of Fame were Robin Roberts, who was inducted for the Phillies; and Mack, inducted for the A's. Roberts pitched in Philadelphia for 13 seasons as a member of the National League team, and Mack managed the American League club from 1901 to 1950. Although the Athletics have retired no numbers for players from their Philadelphia years, all seven players for whom the Phillies have retired a number or honored a "P" have been inducted into the Wall of Fame: Roberts (1978), Richie Ashburn (1979), Chuck Klein (1980), Grover Cleveland Alexander (1981), Jim Bunning (1984), Steve Carlton (1989), Mike Schmidt (1990), and Dick Allen (1994).

For the 2018 season Citizens Bank Park was renovated, resulting in the Phillies Wall of Fame being moved from Ashburn Alley. A new Wall of Fame area was created behind the Left Field scoreboard, next to the Left Field gate. This overhauled Left Field Plaza honors the team’s history and incorporates new concession offerings. Featuring large replicas of the team’s World Series trophies from 1980 and 2008, statues of its retired numbers along with the relocated Wall of Fame it is an area for fans to learn about and honor the team's past.

Inductees

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Harry Kalas, inducted 2009
Key to symbols and abbreviations used in tables below
Inducted Links to the article about the corresponding Major League Baseball season.
Years Link to the articles about the Major League Baseball seasons in which the player participated with their inducted team
P Pitcher (RHP indicates right-handed; LHP indicates left-handed)
C Catcher
1B First baseman
2B Second baseman
3B Third baseman
SS Shortstop
OF Outfielder
MGR Manager
GM General manager
EXEC Team executive
CO Coach
TV Team sportscaster (television and/or radio)
Template:† Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Bold Recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award
Connie Mack in 1911
Connie Mack, inducted 1978
Jim Bunning, inducted 1984
A dark bronze plaque with the face of a man at the top and gold writing beneath
A man in a blue polo shirt and a white cap is standing on a golf course. He is wearing sunglasses as he looks after a ball he has just hit.
Mike Schmidt, inducted 1990
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Juan Samuel, inducted 2008
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Inducted Player Team Position Years Ref
1978 Roberts, RobinRobin RobertsTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies P 1948–1961
1978 Mack, ConnieConnie MackTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics MGR 1901–1950
1979 Ashburn, RichieRichie AshburnTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies OF
TV
1948–1959
1963–1997
1979 Foxx, JimmieJimmie FoxxTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics 1B 1925–1935
1980 Klein, ChuckChuck KleinTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies OF 1928–1933
1936–1939
1940–1944
1980 Grove, LeftyLefty GroveTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics P 1925–1933
1981 Alexander, Grover ClevelandGrover Cleveland AlexanderTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies P 1911–1917
1930
1981 Simmons, AlAl SimmonsTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics P 1924–1932
1940–1941
1944
1982 Ennis, DelDel Ennis Philadelphia Phillies OF 1946–1956
1982 Cochrane, MickeyMickey CochraneTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics C 1925–1933
1983 no inductees—see Centennial Team
1984 Bunning, JimJim BunningTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies P 1964–1969
1970–1971
1984 Dykes, JimmyJimmy Dykes Philadelphia Athletics 2B/3B
MGR
1918–1932
1951–1953
1985 Delahanty, EdEd DelahantyTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies OF 1888–1889
1891–1901
1985 Plank, EddieEddie PlankTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics P 1901–1914
1986 Williams, CyCy Williams Philadelphia Phillies OF 1918–1930
1986 Waddell, RubeRube WaddellTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics P 1902–1907
1987 Hamner, GrannyGranny Hamner Philadelphia Phillies SS 1944–1959
1987 Collins, EddieEddie CollinsTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics 2B 1906–1914
1927–1930
1988 Owens, PaulPaul Owens Philadelphia Phillies MGR
GM
EXEC
1972, 1983–1984
1972–1983
1984–2003
1988 Moses, WallyWally Moses Philadelphia Athletics OF 1935–1941
1949–1951
1989 Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies P 1972–1986
1989 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Philadelphia Athletics OF 1933–1942
1990 Schmidt, MikeMike SchmidtTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies 3B 1972–1989
1990 Valo, ElmerElmer Valo Philadelphia Athletics OF 1940–1943
1946–1956
1991 Bowa, LarryLarry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies SS
MGR
1970–1981
2001–2004
1991 Bender, ChiefChief BenderTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics P 1903–1914
1992 Short, ChrisChris Short Philadelphia Phillies P 1959–1972
1992 Coombs, JackJack Coombs Philadelphia Athletics P 1906–1914
1993 Simmons, CurtCurt Simmons Philadelphia Phillies P 1947–1960
1993 Baker, Frank "Home Run"Frank "Home Run" BakerTemplate:† Philadelphia Athletics 3B 1908–1914
1994 Allen, DickDick Allen Philadelphia Phillies 1B/3B/OF 1963–1969
1975–1976
1994 Shantz, BobbyBobby Shantz Philadelphia Athletics P 1949–1956
1995 Jones, WillieWillie Jones Philadelphia Phillies 3B 1947–1959
1995 Joost, EddieEddie Joost Philadelphia Athletics SS
MGR
1947–1954
1954
1996 Thompson, SamSam ThompsonTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies OF 1889–1898
1996 Rommel, EddieEddie Rommel Philadelphia Athletics P 1920–1932
1997 Callison, JohnnyJohnny Callison Philadelphia Phillies OF 1960–1969
1997 Fain, FerrisFerris Fain Philadelphia Athletics 1B 1947–1952
1998 Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies OF 1970–1980
1998 Miller, BingBing Miller Philadelphia Athletics OF 1922–1926
1928–1934
1999 McGraw, TugTug McGraw Philadelphia Phillies P 1975–1984
1999 Chapman, SamSam Chapman Philadelphia Athletics OF 1938–1951
2000 Cravath, GavvyGavvy Cravath Philadelphia Phillies OF
MGR
1912–1920
1919–1920
2000 Earnshaw, GeorgeGeorge Earnshaw Philadelphia Athletics P 1928–1933
2001 Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies OF 1975–1986
2001 Zernial, GusGus Zernial Philadelphia Athletics OF 1951–1957
2002 Taylor, TonyTony Taylor Philadelphia Phillies 2B 1960–1971
1974–1976
2002 Walberg, RubeRube Walberg Philadelphia Athletics P 1923–1933
2003 Magee, SherrySherry Magee Philadelphia Phillies OF 1904–1914
2003 Oldring, RubeRube Oldring Philadelphia Athletics OF 1906–1916
1918
2004 Hamilton, BillyBilly HamiltonTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies OF 1890–1895
2005 Boone, BobBob Boone Philadelphia Phillies C 1972–1982
2006 Green, DallasDallas Green Philadelphia Phillies P
MGR
1960–1967
1979–1981
2007 Vukovich, JohnJohn Vukovich Philadelphia Phillies INF
CO
EXEC
1970–1971, 1976–1981
1988–2004
2004–2007
2008 Samuel, JuanJuan Samuel Philadelphia Phillies 2B
CO
1983–1989
2011–2017
2009 Kalas, HarryHarry KalasTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies TV 1971–2009
2010 Daulton, DarrenDarren Daulton Philadelphia Phillies C 1983
1985–1997
2011 Kruk, JohnJohn Kruk Philadelphia Phillies 1B
TV
1989–1994
2017–present
2012 Lieberthal, MikeMike Lieberthal Philadelphia Phillies C 1994–2006
2013 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies P 1992–2000
2014 Manuel, CharlieCharlie Manuel Philadelphia Phillies MGR 2005–2013
2015 Burrell, PatPat Burrell Philadelphia Phillies OF 2000–2008
2016 Thome, JimJim ThomeTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies 1B 2003–2005, 2012
2017 no inductees–see Pete Rose
2018 Gillick, PatPat GillickTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies GM
EXEC
2005–2008
2008–present
2018 Halladay, RoyRoy HalladayTemplate:† Philadelphia Phillies P 2010–2013
2019 Abreu, BobbyBobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies OF 1998–2006
2020 Trillo, MannyManny Trillo Philadelphia Phillies 2B 1979–1982

Centennial Team

Centennial Team
The Centennial Team plaque at the left end of the Wall of Fame
See also: Phillies all-time team (1969)

In 1983, rather than inducting a player into the Wall of Fame, the Phillies selected their Centennial Team, commemorating the best players of the first 100 years in franchise history. The Centennial Team includes players from several periods in Phillies history. The team is honored with a plaque listing the names of all players selected at the left end of the Wall of Fame. 11 members of the Centennial Team also have their own individual plaques on the Wall; those not otherwise included on the Wall are Jim Konstanty and Pete Rose.

List of players honored as Centennial Team members
Player Position
Ashburn, RichieRichie AshburnTemplate:† CF
Boone, BobBob Boone C
Bowa, LarryLarry Bowa SS
Carlton, SteveSteve CarltonTemplate:† LHP
Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox CF
Green, DallasDallas Green MGR
Konstanty, JimJim Konstanty RHP
Ennis, DelDel Ennis OF
McGraw, TugTug McGraw LHP
Roberts, RobinRobin RobertsTemplate:† RHP
Rose, PetePete Rose 1B
Schmidt, MikeMike SchmidtTemplate:† 3B
Trillo, MannyManny Trillo 2B
Phillies Wall of Fame
The Phillies' Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park in 2008. The Centennial Team plaque is placed in the bottom row on the left-hand side of the image.
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