Philip H. Knell
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Weight 154 lb.
- Debut July 6, 1888
- Final Game September 29, 1895
- Born March 12, 1865 in San Francisco, CA USA
- Died June 5, 1944 in Santa Monica, CA USA
". . . Phil Knell . . . depended mostly on a slow ball for effect . . ." - Sporting Life of February 27, 1892
"One man vowed that Phil Knell, the California boy, who, by the way, is now umpiring on the West Coast, had the best bunch of benders in the history of the game." - from the April 21, 1906 issue of Sporting Life, about a debate regarding the most deceptive lefties
"Phil Knell, the Californian, had corking curves, speed, etc., but no pitching luck . . ." from the Sporting Life issue of February 27, 1909
Phil Knell pitched six years in the majors, in three different leagues. His most notable years were 1890, when he went 22-11 in the Players League, and 1891, when he was 28-27 in the last year of the American Association.
Knell was the first San Francisco-born pitcher to win over 75 games in the majors.
In 1900 he pitched for San Francisco of the California League. One reference says Knell pitched 20 years in the California League and apparently in semi-pro ball, and was still active at age 40.
- AA Shutouts Leader (1891)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1890 & 1891)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1890-1892 & 1894)
- 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1891)
- 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1891)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1891)
- Hit batters, season (before 1893), 54, 1891