Records are made to be broken. One that has been toppled more than once is the all-time record for hits in Phillies history. It is a pretty prestigious record. And we now have the fourth leader in Jimmy Rollins.
Ed Delahanty was the leader when his Phils career ended in 1901 with 2,211 hits. According to Elias Sports Bureau, his last hit came on Oct. 2, 1901, in the first game of a doubleheader played in Cincinnati. It was a single.
Delahanty's record lasted for 58 years, or until Sept. 19, 1959, to be precise. Richie Ashburn became the new leader with a seventh-inning single off the first-base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium. At the end of that season, Ashburn's final one with the Phillies, his hit total registered 2,217.
Ashburn's record lasted 30 years. On April 20, 1989, Mike Schmidt got his 2,218th hit, a first-inning double in Pittsburgh off Mike Dunne. The Phils won, 9-4, before a crowd of 6,977. Schmidt finished with 2,234 hits.
Now, 25 years later, Jimmy Rollins is the new leader. His, 2,235th hit was a fifth-inning single off Edwin Jackson of the Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won, 7-4, before 31,524 fans.
From Ed to Richie to Mike to Jimmy over 113 years.
New Phillies Top 10
SS Jimmy Rollins
2,235th hit came in game No. 2,015 ... Drafted in the second round, 1996, following graduation from Encinal High School in Alameda, Calif. ... Hit .238 in his pro debut that summer in Martinsville, the lowest average of his career ... Also holds Phillies record for most doubles over his career ... First hit: wearing No. 29 and batting second, third-inning triple, Sept. 17, 2000, off Florida's Chuck Smith at Veterans Stadium.
3B Mike Schmidt
2,234 hits ... Drafted in the second round, 1971, out of Ohio University ... Played all 18 years with the Phils, 1972-89 (2,404 games) ... Elected into the Hall of Fame, 1995 ... Inducted into Phillies Wall of Fame, 1990 ... First hit: fifth-inning single, Sept. 12, 1971, off the Mets' Jim McAndrew at Veterans Stadium ... Last hit: eighth-inning single, May 25, 1989, off the Dodgers' Tim Belcher at Dodger Stadium.
OF Richie Ashburn
2,217 hits ... Signed by the Phillies as a catcher in 1945 ... Played for the Phils, 1948-59 (1,794 games) ... Elected to the Hall of Fame, 1995 ... Inducted into Wall of Fame, 1979 ... First hit: third-inning single, April 20, 1948, off the Boston Braves' Johnny Sain, at Shibe Park; played in first Major League game he ever saw and played left field ... Last Phillies hit: fifth-inning single, Sept. 27, 1959, off the Braves' Bob Buhl at Milwaukee County Stadium.
OF Ed Delahanty
2,211 hits ... Oldest of five brothers who played in the Majors ... Played for the Phils, 1888-89; 1891-1901 (1,544 games) ... Death came at age 35 when he was swept over Niagara Falls during 1903 season. Reports varied as to whether he fell or jumped ... Elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1945 ... Inducted into the Wall of Fame in 1985 ... First hit: unavailable.
OF Del Ennis
1,812 hits ... Regarded as the greatest Philadelphia native to wear a Phillies uniform ... Signed in 1943; spent three years in the Navy during WWII ... Played for the Phils, 1946-56 (1,630 games) ... Inducted into the Wall of Fame in 1982 ... First hit: single, April 30, 1946, vs. Pirates at Forbes Field ... Last Phillies hit: third-inning single, Sept. 30, 1956, second game, off the Giants' Roy Wright at Connie Mack Stadium.
SS Larry Bowa
1,798 hits ... Signed after being bypassed in the 1965 Draft and given a $1,200 bonus ... Has worn the Phillies uniform longer than anyone in club history, 25 seasons and still counting ... Played for the Phils 1970-81 (1,739 games) ... Inducted into the Wall of Fame in 1991 ... First hit: third-inning single, April 9, 1970, vs. the Cubs' Ken Holtzman at Connie Mack Stadium ... Last Phillies hit: fourth inning single, Oct. 4, 1981, off the Cubs' Lee Smith at Veterans Stadium.
OF Chuck Klein
1,705 hits ... Phillies purchased his contract from Fort Wayne for $7,500.00, outbidding the New York Yankees ... Played for the Phils 1928-33, 36-39; 40-44 (1,405 games) ... Reached 1,000 hits during the 1933 season, faster than anyone in the game (683 games) ... Inducted posthumously in the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Wall of Fame in 1980 ... First hit: double, July 31, 1928, off the Cardinals' Grover Cleveland Alexander at Baker Bowl ... Last Phillies hit: ninth-inning pinch-single, June 11, 1944, second game, off the Giants' Harry Feldman at the Polo Grounds.
OF Sherry Magee
1,647 hits ... Signed by the Phillies as a 19-year-old in 1904 ... Five-tool player ... Once suspended for punching an umpire; became an umpire after playing career ... Played for the Phils, 1904-14 (1,521 games) ... Inducted into the Wall of Fame in 2003 ... First hit: unavailable ... Last Phillies hit: single, Oct. 15, 1914, off the Giants' Al Demaree at the Brush Stadium (name change to Polo Grounds in 1919).
CF Cy Williams
1,553 hits ... Acquired in a trade with the Cubs in 1917 ... First National League player to reach 200 home runs ... Oldest to lead the NL in home runs, 30 in 1927 at age 39 ... Played for the Phils, 1918-30 (1,463 games) ... Inducted into the Wall of Fame in 1986 ... First Phillies hit: pinch-hit single, May 26, 1918, vs. Reds at Redland Field, Cincinnati ... Last Phillies hit: pinch-hit single, Sept. 22, 1930, vs. Cardinals at Baker Bowl.
SS-2B Granny Hamner
1,518 hits ... Made Major League debut as a 17-year-old shortstop with the Phillies in 1944 ... First to be an All-Star starter at two different positions, shortstop and second base ... Played 16 years with the Phils, 1944-59 (1,501 games) ... Inducted into the Wall of Fame, 1987 ... First hit: third-inning single, Sept. 16, 1944, first game off the Giants' Johnny Allen at the Polo Grounds ... Last Phillies hit: fifth-inning double, May 19, 1959, off the Cardinals' Vinegar Bend Mizell at Busch Stadium.
Larry Shenk is the vice president of Alumni Relations for the Phillies. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.