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.

By max blue
Adolfo Phillips, Bill White, Bob Buhl, Chicago Cubs, Chris Short, Dick Allen, Fergie Jenkins, Hall of Fame, Hank Aaron, Jim Bunning, John Herrnstein, John Quinn, Larry Jackson, Philadelphia Phillies
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