1987 Philadelphia Phillies season

1987 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Bill Giles
Manager(s) John Felske, Lee Elia
Local television WTAF
Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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Regular season

After getting off to a dismal 1-8 start, the season began to turn when Mike Schmidt hit his 500th career home run in Pittsburgh on April 18. Schmidt cracked the milestone long ball on a 3-0 count off the Pirates' Don Robinson with two men on base in the ninth inning, which rallied the club from a one-run deficit to an eventual 8-6 victory.

Schmidt slammed three home runs in an 11-6 victory over the Expos on June 14 in Montreal, eventually finishing the season with 35 and 530 career homers.

Phillies pitcher Kevin Gross was pitching against the Chicago Cubs on August 10, 1987. Gross was caught with sandpaper in his glove and suspended for 10 games.[3]

After going as high as six games over .500 in late August, the team crashed to a 13-21 finish and tied for fourth place in the NL East with the Pirates.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 9567 0.586 49–32 46–35
New York Mets 9270 0.568 3 49–32 43–38
Montreal Expos 9171 0.562 4 48–33 43–38
Philadelphia Phillies 8082 0.494 15 43–38 37–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 8082 0.494 15 47–34 33–48
Chicago Cubs 7685 0.472 18½ 40–40 36–45

Record vs. opponents

1987 National League Records

Atlanta 6–58–108–106–123–97–57–57–56–128–103–9
Chicago 5–66–68–46–610–89–98–104–149–35–76–12
Cincinnati 10–86–613–510–86–67–55–74–812–67–114–8
Houston 10–84–85–1312–67–56–66–66–65–1310–85–7
Los Angeles 12–66–68–106–123–96–62–106–611–710–83–9
Montreal 9–38–106–65–79–38–1010–811–79–35–711–7
New York 5–79–95–76–66–610–813–512–68–49–39–9
Philadelphia 5-710–87–56–610–28–105–1311–78–42–108–10
Pittsburgh 5–714–48–46–66–67–116–127–118–46–67–11
San Diego 12–63–96–1213–57–113–94–84–84–85–134–8
San Francisco 10–87–511–78–108–107–53–910–26–613–57–5
St. Louis 9–312–68–47–59–37–119–910–811–78–45–7

Notable transactions

1987 Game Log

 Phillies win
 Phillies loss
BoldPhillies team member
1987 Game Log[8]
Overall Record: 80–82


1987 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
CLance Parrish130466114.2451767
1BVon Hayes158556154.2772184
2BJuan Samuel160655178.27228100
3BMike Schmidt147522153.29335113
SSSteve Jeltz11429368.232012
LFChris James115358105.2931754
CFMilt Thompson150527159.302743
RFGlenn Wilson154569150.2641454

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
Mike Easler3311031.282110
Keith Hughes377620.263010


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
Bruce Ruffin35204.211142.3593
Kevin Gross34200.29164.35110

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
Freddie Toliver1030.1115.6425

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 Bedrosian6553402.8374
Wally Ritchie493233.7545
Doug Bair112005.9310

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Maine Guides International League Bill Dancy
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League George Culver
A Clearwater Phillies Florida State League Roly de Armas
A Spartanburg Phillies South Atlantic League Ramón Avilés
A-Short Season Utica Blue Sox New York–Penn League Tony Taylor



  1. Tom Gorman at Baseball Reference
  2. Rocky Childress at Baseball Reference
  3. http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/cheaters/ballplayers.html
  4. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reynoro02.shtml
  5. Jim Vatcher at Baseball Reference
  6. Shane Turner at Baseball Reference
  7. Dan Schatzeder at Baseball Reference
  8. "1987 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  9. 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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