1986 Philadelphia Phillies season

1986 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Bill Giles
Manager(s) John Felske
Local television WTAF
Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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The 1986 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 104th season for the Phillies. Under second-year manager John Felske, the Phillies stayed just below the .500 mark for roughly two-thirds 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.[1] The eventual World Series champions rival New York Mets finished with a Major League best 108-54 record, and finished 2112 games ahead of the Phillies. The Mets and the Phillies were the only teams in the National League East to post winning records.[1] Mike Schmidt became the first third baseman in the history of the National League to win the MVP Award three times.[2]


  • December 6, 1985: Jerry Koosman was released by the Phillies.[3]
  • December 22, 1985: Tim Corcoran was released by the Phillies.[4]
  • January 16, 1986: Ronn Reynolds was traded by the New York Mets with Jeff Bittiger to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rodger Cole and Ronnie Gideon.[5]
  • March 17, 1986: Alan Knicely was released by the Phillies.[6]

Regular season

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.[7] 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.[8]

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. The high point of the season for the Phillies was the three-game sweep of the Mets in mid-September.[1] 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 both especially satisfying given the significant number of Mets fans who had traveled to Veterans Stadium for the weekend hoping to see the Mets clinch,[1][9][10] and necessary because they were swept in a three-game series in Chicago preceding this series and did not want to see a visiting team's division-title celebration at Veterans Stadium.[11][12] Had the Mets won one of the three games, it would have been the first time that a division title was won at Veterans Stadium.[11] During the series, Mets fans at Veterans Stadium became unruly and damaged seats in the upper deck.[9] One Mets fan was arrested after striking at two Philadelphia police officers.[9]

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.[2] The Phillies distant second-place finish made Schmidt the first major-league MVP to have played on a team that finished at least 20 games first place.[13]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 10854 0.667 55–26 53–28
Philadelphia Phillies 8675 0.534 21½ 49–31 37–44
St. Louis Cardinals 7982 0.491 28½ 42–39 37–43
Montreal Expos 7883 0.484 29½ 36–44 42–39
Chicago Cubs 7090 0.438 37 42–38 28–52
Pittsburgh Pirates 6498 0.395 44 31–50 33–48

Record vs. opponents

1986 National League Records

Atlanta 9–36–125–1310–84–74–84–85–712–67–116–6
Chicago 3–95–74–86–68–106–129–87–116–66–610–7
Cincinnati 12–67–54–1410–87–54–87–510–29–99–97–5
Houston 13–58–414–410–88–45–76–66–610–89–97–5
Los Angeles 8–106–68–108–105–73–95–78–46–128–108–4
Montreal 7–410–85–74–85–78–108–1011–74–85–79–9
New York 8–412–68–47–59–310–88–1017–110–27–512–6
Philadelphia 8-48–95–76–67–510–810–811–76–69–36–12
Pittsburgh 7–511–72–106–64–87–111–177–118–44–87–11
San Diego 6–126–69–98–1012–68–42–106–64–88–105–7
San Francisco 11–76–69–99–910–87–55–73–98–410–85–7
St. Louis 6–67–105–75–74–89–96–1212–611–77–57–5

Notable transactions

1986 Game Log

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BoldPhillies team member
1986 Game Log[19]
Overall Record: 86–75


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
3BMike Schmidt160552160.29037119
CFMilt Thompson9629975.251623

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
Greg Gross8710125.24808
Tom Foley396118.29505
Garry Maddox673.42901


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Gross37241.212124.02154
Bruce Ruffin21146.1942.4670
Steve Carlton1683486.1862
Freddie Toliver525.2023.5120
Marvin Freeman316202.258
Jeff Bittiger314.2115.528

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Don Carman50134.11053.2298

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Steve Bedrosian6886293.3982
Larry Andersen100004.269
Dave Stewart80006.579
Tom Gorman80107.718
Rocky Childress20006.751
Greg Gross10000.002

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
A-Short Season Utica Blue Sox New York–Penn League Tony Taylor
A-Short Season Bend Phillies Northwest League Ed Pebley



  1. 1 2 3 4 Pascarelli, Peter (October 6, 1986). "Bad Start, Promising Ending". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D1.
  2. 1 2 Rogers, Thomas (November 20, 1986). "Schmidt Joins an Elite Club". New York Times. p. D27.
  3. Jerry Koosman at Baseball-Reference
  4. Tim Corcoran at Baseball-Reference
  5. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reynoro02.shtml
  6. Alan Knicely at Baseball-Reference
  7. Robbins, Michael (2004). Ninety Feet from Fame: Close Calls with Baseball Immortality. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers. p. 244.
  8. https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN198608200.shtml
  9. 1 2 3 Terry, Robert J.; Lieber, David (September 15, 1986). "30 Vet Seats Smashed by Mets Fans". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. B8.
  10. Brehm, Mike (December 30, 2011). "Flyers, Rangers". USA Today. p. E4. In 1986, the New York Mets were running away with the National League East race and needed one win in Philadelphia in mid-September to clinch. Mets fans seemed to take up half of Veterans Stadium, but Philadelphia swept the three games. Though the Mets won the division by 21 games, that was Phillies fans' World Series.
  11. 1 2 Pascarelli, Peter (September 12, 1986). "Mets Set to Clinch Vs. Phils". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D1. The Mets' magic number is down to 2...It would be the first division championship ever clinched at the Vet, and the Phillies would love to prevent it from happening. However, after losing three straight in Chicago...the Phils have to sweep the series...to prevent the Mets from clinching in Philadelphia...'To keep them from clinching at the Vet, we needed to do something in Chicago, and we didn't,' said reliever Kent Tekulve, who lost the third game at Wrigley Field.
  12. Pascarelli, Peter (September 11, 1986). "Cubs Hand Phils 3rd Loss in a Row". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D1. The Phils now must shut the Mets down in three straight games to avoid watching a division-title celebration on their own turf.
  13. Pascarelli, Peter (November 20, 1986). "Schmidt is National League MVP". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A1.
  14. Tom Gorman at Baseball-Reference
  15. Dave Stewart at Baseball-Reference
  16. Chuck Knoblauch at Baseball-Reference
  17. Steve Carlton at Baseball-Reference
  18. Dan Schatzeder at Baseball-Reference
  19. "1986 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  20. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007


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