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Philadelphia Phillies Farmhands in the Midwest League


Player Roster

Players who played for the Philadelpha Phillies as members of Mississippi-Ohio Valley League or Midwest League teams (most of these players played in the MOV, which is an MWL predecessor). This list includes all players and coaching staff members I can identify. There are almost certainly players missing from this list, as the available sources are known to be incomplete.

Players who played for the Phillies in more than one season are listed for each season.

126 different players are listed on this page (5 of whom played in the majors, though not necessarily for the Phils), as are 5 non-playing personnel; some are listed more than once.


My intention is to include everyone who represented the Phillies on a Misssissippi-Ohio Valley League or Midwest League diamond. While the information here is intended to be both complete and accurate, it's likely that there are omissions and the scale of the project guarantees errors; there's a lot of data here, from a variety of sources, all of which was originally in another format.



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 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Don Alexander           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Dan Almeida             R/? 5-11 175    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1954        3B  
        Arley Andrews           L/L 6-03 185    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1954        P   
        Jerry Armour            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Frank Augustiny         L/L 6-02 185    00/00/1926      Mattoon         1956            
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Quentin Basco           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954            
        Dale Bennetch           L/R 6-04 200    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1954        OF  
        Al Birunas              R/? 6-01 180    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1954        P   
        Tom Bornman             L/R 6-02 185    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1954            
        Fred Brancato           R/L 6-00 175    00/00/1938      Mattoon         1956            
        Bill Bright             L/? 6-00 175    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Leonard Brown           L/? 6-00 175    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1954        OF  
        Carl Bush               L/? 6-03 175    00/00/1927      Mattoon         1954        1B/Manager  
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Charles Callaway        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955            
        John Cassidy            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954            
        Jimmie Coker            R/R 5-11 195    03/28/1936      Mattoon         1955        C   MLB
        Tom Cole                ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955        OF  
        Vic Collier             R/R 6-02 180    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1956        C   
        Stan Corley             R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Tom Cronin              R/R 6-05 222    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Tom Cronin              R/R 6-05 222    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1954        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Alan Daniel             R/R 6-01 195    00/00/1950      Danville        1970     13 P   
        Jim Davis               L/L 6-00 195    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1953            
        Jim Davis               L/L 6-00 195    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1955            
        Jack Deaner             R/? 0-00 000    00/00/1939      Mattoon         1956            
        Jim Deery               R/? 5-11 160    11/03/1921      Mattoon         1953        2B/Manager  
        Ernest Desperito        R/? 5-11 185    00/00/1931      Mattoon         1955        SS  
        John Dewald             R/L 5-11 195    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Nate Dickerson          L/L 6-04 215    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1956        1B  
        George Dicus            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955        OF  
        Dick Duignan            R/? 6-01 185    00/00/1930      Mattoon         1955        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Gene Easterling         R/? 6-00 170    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1953        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Fred Farnsworth         R/R 6-01 185    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Andrew Fontan           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954        OF  
        Adair Ford              R/? 6-00 179    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1954        OF  
        George Fuchs            R/R 6-01 195    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1954        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Al Gabriel              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        3B  
        Wallace Goff            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Wausau          1979            
        Jim Golden              L/R 6-00 175    03/20/1936      Mattoon         1954        P   MLB
        Jim Golden              L/R 6-00 175    03/20/1936      Mattoon         1955        P   MLB
        Dave Gottschalk         R/R 6-01 185    00/00/1931      Mattoon         1956        2B-3B       
        Dallas Green            L/R 6-05 210    08/04/1934      Mattoon         1955        P   MLB
        Jim Grubb               R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1929      Mattoon         1953            
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Dennis Hamilton         L/? 5-11 170    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Brian Hansen            R/R 5-11 175    12/31/1946      Danville        1970     30 C   
        Vern Hinckley           R/R 6-01 175    00/00/1930      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Art Hirst               L/L 6-01 180    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Nelson Hoerner          R/? 6-03 183    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Bill Hoffman            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953            
        Paul Houck              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Bob Hunter              L/? 6-03 185    00/00/1930      Mattoon         1953        OF  
        Carl Hutzler            R/R 5-11 184    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1954        3B-OF       
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        John Johnson            R/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1956            
        Ben Jonietz             L/R 6-02 195    00/00/1938      Mattoon         1956        OF  
        Bill Juhay              L/L 6-03 190    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Bill Juhay              L/L 6-03 190    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1956        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Jerry Kettle            L/R 6-05 195    01/18/1938      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Bill Kezman             L/R 6-01 170    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Jackie King             R/? 6-00 195    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1954        C   
        Phil Kleffner           R/? 6-01 200    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1955        3B  
        George Kresina          ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Don Landrum             L/R 6-00 180    02/16/1936      Mattoon         1954        OF  MLB
        Andrew Lindstrom        ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Ed Logan                L/R 6-01 185    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1956        OF  
        Charles Longwello       R/R 6-01 190    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1956            
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Art Mahaffey            R/R 6-02 200    06/04/1938      Mattoon         1956        P   MLB
        Bob Marten              R/R 6-03 200    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Ed Mayjack              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954        3B  
        Perry McElveen          R/R 0-00 000    03/05/1936      Mattoon         1956            
        Bob McGee               L/? 5-10 180    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1953        OF  
        Bob McLeod              L/R 6-01 185    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1954            
        Ken Menkel              L/? 6-00 190    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1954        1B  
        Ed Miller               L/R 5-10 160    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1956        2B  
        Phil Morgan             R/R 6-01 188    00/00/1948      Danville        1970     34 3B  
        Jim Mowbray             L/R 6-00 195    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1956        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Carl Olley              R/R 6-00 164    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1956        SS    
        Don Osborn              R/R 6-00 185    06/03/1908      Mattoon         1954        P/Manager   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Tom Pakes               R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Bill Parker             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955        OF  
        Gene Pharr              L/? 6-00 170    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1953        1B  
        Buddy Plaster           R/? 6-02 190    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1954        OF  
        Ralph Platt             L/R 6-02 180    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1955        OF  
        John Pollina            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954        SS  
        John Pollina            ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955        2B  
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Bob Queen               R/R 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1956            
        Bob Quinn               L/? 6-01 175    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1955        OF  
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Frank Racz              R/? 6-02 195    09/30/1936      Mattoon         1956        OF-3B-P    
        Marshall Radebach       L/? 6-01 195    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1953        OF  
        Charles Randall         L/R 5-10 184    00/00/1937      Mattoon         1956            
        Ted Rhodes              R/? 5-11 180    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1955        OF  
        Kelvin Roberts          L/? 6-01 185    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1953        OF  
        Jack Robinson           R/R 5-09 150    00/00/1924      Mattoon         1956            
        John Ruff               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Mark Sampson            R/R 6-02 200    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Jerome Schust           R/? 6-01 180    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1955        3B  
        Neil Schwandt           R/R 0-00 000    00/00/1937      Mattoon         1956            
        Henry Seecs             R/R 0-00 000    04/01/1935      Mattoon         1956            
        Lou Shade               R/? 6-01 195    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Lou Shade               R/R 6-01 195    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Tom Shima               R/R 6-00 178    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Clarence Shimfessel     R/R 6-01 176    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1956            
        Alex Sirota             R/? 6-03 175    00/00/1930      Mattoon         1953        C   
        Joe Skwisz              ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954        OF  
        Jim Smith               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Ed Smrekar              L/L 5-09 150    00/00/1931      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Ed Soldo                ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954        P   
        Cloyce Sowell           R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Cloyce Sowell           R/R 6-00 175    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Ray Steele              R/? 6-00 180    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1955        SS  
        Phil Stevens            L/? 6-00 170    00/00/1932      Mattoon         1954        2B  
        John Stillman           R/? 6-02 195    00/00/1931      Mattoon         1953        P   
        John Stillman           R/R 6-02 195    00/00/1931      Mattoon         1954        P   
        Burl Storie             R/? 6-01 200    00/00/1920      Mattoon         1955        Manager     
        Don Strichek            R/? 6-01 194    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1953        SS  
        Gene Suttlemyre         R/R 6-01 175    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1956        OF  
        Frank Sylvester         R/? 5-11 170    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1955        SS  
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Ernest Tabor            B/R 6-02 185    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1954        P   
        Ernest Tabor            B/R 6-02 185    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Jim Thacker             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954        P   
        Bob Tittl               L/? 6-00 168    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1955        P   
        Lawrence Tuttle         ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953            
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Bob Vacca               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Gene Vejsicky           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Dan Vlosich             ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1954        OF  
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Mike Wallace            R/R 6-01 165    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Alvin Watkins           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        3B  
        Bob Waugh               ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Bruce Weaver            L/? 6-04 205    00/00/1933      Mattoon         1955        1B  
        Gerald Weber            R/? 5-11 185    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1953            
        Gerald Weber            R/? 5-11 185    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1954        C   
        Dave Weilbaecher        R/R 6-01 180    00/00/1936      Mattoon         1956        P   
        Ken Welgoss             R/? 5-10 170    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1955        OF  
        Bill Whiteko            R/R 5-10 165    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1955            
        Bill Whiteko            R/R 5-10 165    00/00/1934      Mattoon         1956            
        Keith Williamson        R/? 6-00 165    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1954        OF  
        Terry Wilson            L/? 6-00 195    00/00/1935      Mattoon         1954        OF  
 #      Name                    B/T Ht   Wt     DOB             Team            Year     Gm Pos
        Leonard Zeitz           ?/? 0-00 000    00/00/0000      Mattoon         1953        P   
        Benny Zientara          R/R 5-09 165    02/14/1918      Mattoon         1956        Manager     MLB

This list was compiled from a number of sources, including those listed below. It was checked against both Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database and SABR's Minor League Statistics Database. Inevitably, there are errors; those are mine.


Sources

  • Assorted Sporting News Baseball Guides and Registers.
  • Assorted Baseball Blue Books and related publications.
  • Yearbooks and scorecard inserts in my collection.


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