It was the same story – the Phillies could still beat Houston (11-7) and the Mets (11-7), but played the rest of the league about even (65-61). They were in the race most of the year but ended up fourth, two games ahead of the Atlanta Braves who had moved from Milwaukee after the 1965 season.

A week into the season, on April 21, John Quinn pulled the trigger on a deal that backfired as one of the worst in team history; he traded Ferguson Jenkins, Adolfo Phillips, and John Herrnstein to the Chicago Cubs for two old pitchers – Larry Jackson (35) and Bob Buhl (38). Jackson pitched well for the 1966 Phillies (15-13, 2.99 ERA, 5 shutouts), but he was bad cheese compared to Fergie Jenkins. When the Cubs made Jenkins a starting pitcher in 1967, he had six consecutive 20 or more win seasons, and concluded a 19-year career with 284 wins and a plaque in the baseball Hall of Fame.

The 1966 Phillies had some very good players, but on the record not quite good enough. Chris Short was terrific (20-10, 3.54 ERA, four shutouts). Jim Bunning was too (19-14, 2.14 ERA, 5 shutouts). Dick Allen hit .317 with 40 homeruns and 110 RBIs (Hank Aaron for Atlanta hit 44 with 127). Bill White was a smooth-fielding first baseman who led the league at that position with a .994 average; he hit .276 with 22 homeruns and 103 RBIs.

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