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The Phillies were back, and so were the fans; over a million (1,045,247) for the first time in franchise history, twice as many as the previous high in 1916. Was the team that much better? They were 23 games better (69-85) and rose to 5th place, only 28 games behind the winning Cardinals, but the attendance record was part of a nationwide good-feeling following four years of belt-tightening uneasiness.
The Phillies were better, as were other teams, because of returning veterans. Schoolboy Rowe was back and was terrific (11-4, 2.12 ERA, 2 shutouts). Ron Northey was back, with 16 homeruns and 62 RBIs. Del Ennis, 21 years old in his rookie year, played 141 games in left field and hit .313, fourth in the league, with 17 homeruns and 73 RBIs. Andy Seminick became the regular catcher, playing in 124 games with a .264 batting average, 12 homeruns, and 52 RBIs.
The season, like so many others, was an up and down affair, 13 games under .500 entering June, they won 17 of 26 and finished the month at 28-33, hoping for more. It was not to be – 26-37 for July and August. They were simply not competitive with Brooklyn, Boston, and St.Louis going 21-45 against these teams.