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Adolfo Emilio Phillips Lopez

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 177 lb.

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Adolfo Phillips was a centerfielder for eight seasons in the majors during the second dead-ball era. He had moderate power and stole bases.

He was the first major league position player to strike out in nine straight plate appearances. Following him were Steve Balboni, Eric Davis, Reggie Jackson, Bo Jackson and Mark Reynolds.

Phillips came up originally with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1964, where he was the same age (22) as Dick Allen, who was playing in his first full major league season. From 1966 to 1969, Phillips would play the bulk of his major league career for the Chicago Cubs. In his first seasons, he was considered a future superstar, because of his speed and power, but his aura faded fast. He was traded in June 1969 to the expansion Montreal Expos before the Cubs' famous "swoon".

His best season with the bat was 1967, when he hit 17 home runs with a .268 batting average (the league hit .249), adding 7 triples and 24 stolen bases.

Born in Panama, Phillips was a year younger than fellow Panamanian Chico Salmon, whose major league career was during the same years as Phillips, 1964 to 1972. The two of them played almost the same number of games in the majors and had almost the same major league batting average. The two, however, are not on each others' similarity scores lists, because Salmon didn't have much power, didn't steal many bases and was primarily an infielder.

Following his big league days, Phillips played in the short-lived Inter-American League in 1979.

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