Del Ennis

Delmer Ennis (June 8, 1925 – February 8, 1996) was an American professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1946 to 1959 for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox. From 1949 to 1957, Ennis accumulated more runs batted in (RBIs) than anyone besides Stan Musial and was eighth in the National League in home runs. In 1950 he led the National League with 126 RBIs as the Phillies won their first pennant in 35 years. He held the Phillies career record of 259 home runs from 1956 to 1980, and ranked 10th in NL history with 1,824 games in the outfield when his career ended.[1]

Del Ennis
Del Ennis 1953
Ennis in 1953
Outfielder
Born: June 8, 1925
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: February 8, 1996 (aged 70)
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 1946, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 1959, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.284
Home runs288
Runs batted in1,284
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Career

Ennis was born to George and Agnes Ennis in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia. He played baseball and football at Olney High School and was mentioned as an all-state fullback. The Philadelphia Phillies scout Jocko Collins came to watch one of Ennis's high school classmates pitch. When Ennis hit two long home runs, Collins tried to recruit him but Ennis was hesitant, worried that he was not ready, and unsure that he wanted to pursue a baseball career. In August 1942, Ennis finally signed with Collins to play with the Phillies Canadian–American League team, but the league suspended operation for World War II. Ennis signed with Collins again in March 1943 and hit .348 with 19 home runs and 16 triples for the Phillies' Trenton, New Jersey Interstate League team. In September 1943, Philadelphia wanted to call Ennis to the Major Leagues, but he went into the United States Navy instead. Ennis saw military action in the Pacific Theater and also toured with a baseball team that included Billy Herman, Johnny Vander Meer and Schoolboy Rowe.[2]

He joined the USN on September 29, 1943 and was assigned to Sampson Naval Training Station, New York where he graduated as a signalman from "A" school at Sampson and then posted to the Hawaiian Sea Frontier. When the Navy learned that Ennis was associated with the Phillies, they assumed he was a Major Leaguer and invited him to fill one of the vacancies while in Honolulu. He was included on the Navy's Western PAC Tour of many Pacific Islands in 1944–1945. Ennis looked very good at the plate in the few exhibition games which immediately preceded the tours. His slugging prompted Dan Topping, new owner of the New York Yankees and a fellow serviceman at Pearl, to offer him $25,000 to sign with the Yanks. The Phillies had paid Del only $50 to sign.

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Ennis' 1951 Bowman Gum baseball card

His naval rank was Petty Officer Third Class. Most of his service was on the island of Guam after the winter tour. Playing with and against Major Leaguers on the tours was equivalent of a minor league apprenticeship for Ennis. After the tours he was assigned to a fleet recreation billet at Gab Gab Beach on Guam and stayed on the island for one year. He did not make it back to the States as soon as some of the others because he did not have enough points built up. He finally returned stateside through San Diego on the USS Wakefield.[3] Ennis was discharged from the Navy on April 5, 1946 and joined the major league Phillies about a week later.

Player-manager Ben Chapman delayed Ennis's debut since he had missed spring training, and then had him pinch-hit on April 28 against the Boston Braves – a groundout to shortstop.[2][4] Chapman gave Ennis the starting job in left field, a weak spot in the Phillies lineup. On May 5, Ennis hit his first home run – a three-run shot in the first inning – and then his second, both in the second game of a doubleheader. His favorite moment was on Del's birthday, June 8, 1946, hitting a single to break up a perfect game with only four outs remaining against Red Barrett. Barrett of the Boston Braves had retired 22 batters in a row before Ennis' single.[5] Olney residents held a Del Ennis Night at Shibe Park with 36,356 in attendance and an estimated 20,000 were turned away. Del singled with the bases loaded to drive in two runs in the first inning against the Cardinals and the Phils won. His average raised over .300 until a slump in July.[2]

In his early career, Ennis was noted not only for his home runs, runs batted in and hard line drives, but also good outfield play and fast, hard baserunning.[2] Eleven weeks after his debut, Ennis became the first Phillies rookie ever to make an All-Star team on the strength of a strong throwing arm and lively bat. He also became the first ever Sporting News Rookie Award winner, and finished eighth in the MVP voting after batting .313 with 17 home runs and 73 RBIs and placing second in the NL in slugging average (.485) behind Musial.

Ennis showed his power in 1948, driving in 95 runs with 30 home runs – a Phillies record for right-handed hitters, breaking Gavvy Cravath's 1915 total of 24. A year later, he hit .302 with 25 homers and 110 RBIs, finishing second in the NL in doubles both seasons. But his most productive season came in 1950, when he hit .311 with career highs of 31 home runs and an NL-best 126 RBIs. The 31 HRs were the team record for right-handed hitters until teammate Stan Lopata hit 32 in 1956. As a member of the 1950 team dubbed the "Whiz Kids", Ennis helped the Phillies to win their first pennant since 1915 in a finish that saw Philadelphia beat out the Brooklyn Dodgers on the last day of the season, only to be swept in the World Series by the New York Yankees, with Ennis hitting only .143 with no RBIs. Ennis placed fourth in the MVP voting, won by teammate Jim Konstanty.

From 1952 to 1955, Ennis collected four 20+ HR, 100+ RBI seasons, with highs of 29 and 125 in 1953. He was also named to three All-Star Games, in 1946, 1951 and 1955. In 1956, he passed Chuck Klein to become the Phillies all-time home run leader, holding the record until Mike Schmidt passed him in 1980. On August 25, 1955, before a doubleheader with St. Louis, the Phillies honored Del Ennis for driving in more runs at that point than any player in team history. Ennis was presented with gifts including a Cadillac, TV, air conditioner, freezer, diamond ring, and fishing outfit. The Phillies won both games with Ennis adding four RBIs to his record total.

The Philadelphia native became the first Phillies player in the modern era to reach 1,000 RBIs on August 9, 1955. Connie Mack Stadium was sold out for the Del Ennis Night later that month (38,545).

Del Ennis - St. Louis Cardinals - 1957
Ennis with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957

In 1956, he broke Ed Delahanty's record of 1,544 games with the Phillies. By the end of the 1956 season, he was also among the NL's top ten career home run leaders, though he dropped out of the top ten before his career ended. Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1957 season for Rip Repulski, Ennis responded with a .286 average, 26 home runs and 105 RBIs, finishing second in the NL behind his teammate and roommate on the road Stan Musial. But his production dropped off sharply in 1958, and after two years in St. Louis he finished his career in 1959 playing for the Cincinnati Redlegs and the pennant-winning Chicago White Sox. Despite hitting 12 HRs and driving in 35 RBIs in spring training for Cincinnati in 1959, Ennis was traded to the Chicago White Sox on May 1 for pitcher Don Rudolph and OF Lou Skizas.

In a 14-season career, Ennis compiled a .284 batting average with 288 home runs, 2,063 hits, 1,284 RBIs and 985 runs in 1,903 games. Defensively, Ennis recorded a career .969 fielding percentage.

The story of Ennis and the abuse he endured from Philadelphia fans has obscured his impressive statistics and also his memory. Oft noted was the fans' animosity beginning with a slump year in 1951. Despite turning the record around later, the fans were merciless.[6] As an example, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cardinals on July 31, 1954, in the top of the third inning, Ennis dropped an outfield fly with the bases loaded and all three runners scored. As Phils pitcher Steve Ridzik later remarked, "We had a packed house and the fans start to boo him unmercifully. It was terrible. The next inning when he went out to left field they booed and booed and booed. They booed him when he ran off the field at the end of the inning. . . .Here he is ... a hometown guy and everything. . . . He came to bat in the last of the eighth inning with the score still tied and two outs. The fans just booed and booed and all our guys on the bench are just hotter than a pistol. We were ready to fight the thirty-some thousand."[7] In the bottom half of the same inning with two on and two out, he hit the first pitch on the roof in left field at Connie Mack Stadium, and the Phillies won the game by a score of 6–5.[8]

Ennis' career ended with a mid-season release by the White Sox in 1959, after having been acquired from Cincinnati during the first week of the 1959 season. On May 1, he was traded to the Sox, helmed by Al López, where Del became the starting left fielder throughout May into early June 1959. In the first 11 games with the White Sox, Ennis drove in seven runs including a game-winner in mid-May at Yankee Stadium. In fact, Ennis had four game-winning hits in six games in early 1959 and the White Sox went on to win the AL pennant. However, Ennis was not with the team that played the Dodgers in the 1959 World Series, although he was voted a one-fourth WS share after it. To make room on the roster for Norm Cash, who had completed his military service commitment, Ennis was waived by the Sox in mid-June 1959, thus ending a career spanning 14 seasons.

His defensive replacement for the White Sox in that period was Johnny Callison, who later was traded to and starred with the Phillies.

With Chicago, Ennis batted .219, with 2 HRs, 7 RBIs in 96 ABs. The White Sox released Ennis on June 20. They called up Jim McAnany to play right field and moved Al Smith from RF to LF for the balance of the season. With personal problems in his family, Del needed to return to Philadelphia.

Following his retirement as a player, Ennis operated a bowling alley named Del Ennis Lanes in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, with the former traveling secretary of the Phillies, John Wise. He also bred greyhound race dogs. Ennis also spent a year coaching baseball at Penn State University's Abington Campus (formerly Ogontz campus). He remembered his 1950 Phillies days in his sports enterprise, calling three dogs scheduled to run in Florida racetracks Whiz Kids Ennis, Whiz Kids Ashburn and Whiz Kids Roberts. In 1983, during the franchise's 100th anniversary year, he was named to the Philadelphia Phillies Centennial Team. There is now a plaque on the Phillies Wall of Fame at the team's ballpark honoring the career of Ennis as a Whiz Kid.

Recollections

Del Ennis plaque
Ennis was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame.

"I really didn't expect to stay with the Phillies but they had to give me a 30-day trial because I was on the National Defense List. I never had spring training [in 1946] and I pinch hit in Pittsburgh in my first game, then I got into the starting lineup. In my second game in left field, I hit a bases loaded double to beat the Pirates. A few days later in Chicago against the Cubs, I hit two homers in one game"[9]

Ennis used to treat his bats with great care "I used to hang out at a gas station at Rising Sun and Van Kirk in the Crescentville section of Philadelphia called the Gas House. I used to take home a dozen bats at the end of each year. I would fill up one of those big drums with linseed oil and leave the bats in the drum all winter. They would get to be about 40–42 ounces and when I got to Florida for spring training, I put the bats in the dryer where they dried uniforms. That would get them down to about 36 ounces, and make them harder. Andy Seminick and I used the same bat all year in 1950 when we won the NL pennant."[10]

On Ennis's best day as a Phil – Del hit three HRs and knocked in seven runs – he happened to pop out his fourth time up. "They booed the daylights out of me", he remembers.[11]

"Now a pitcher can't go out of his way to hit somebody, he can't knock you down, and when we played we didn't wear helmets. They'd tell you they were going to put one in your ear and when you looked back and saw the catcher's glove by your head you got the idea you shouldn't take a toehold." – Del Ennis in Baseball Digest (July 1975)

Del Ennis popped up with the bases loaded sending Cardinals Manager Fred Hutchinson into a slow burn. After Ennis dropped his bat into the rack, Hutchinson fetched it. He angrily took a swing at the concrete dugout steps. Nothing happened. Two more swings produced nothing more than dents in the bat. Hutch calmly walked to where Ennis sat and dropped the bat at his feet . Keep it he said "It's got good wood".

Ennis died in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, at 70 years of age from complications of diabetes. He was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, Pennsylvania.

Feats

  • On June 2, 1949, the Phillies hit five home runs during the same inning (the eighth) in a 12–3 victory over Cincinnati at Shibe Park, tying the major league mark set by the 1939 New York Giants. Andy Seminick hit two home runs in the inning, while Ennis, Willie Jones and Schoolboy Rowe had one each. Jones added a triple and Granny Hamner's double made the total of extra bases 18, still a record. Also in 1949, Ennis ended a scoreless tie with the St Louis Cards in the 9th inning with a home run off P Max Lanier to win the game.
  • Ennis hit a leadoff solo HR on September 1952 in the bottom of the 17th inning as the Phillies beat Boston by a score of 7–6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park.
  • Ennis drove in six runs in a game with the Reds at Crosley Field on July 30, 1953.
  • Opening day in 1956 in Pittsburgh and the game is washed out by rain as Del has 5 RBIs to no avail. He finishes the season of 1956 with 95, the first year in five he misses the 100 RBI mark.
  • He had a three HR game on July 23, 1955 at Connie Mack Stadium and drove in all 7 runs – one short of George Kelly's NL mark set in 1924 – the Phils beating the Cards 7–2 as Robin Roberts wins his 16th season victory and 6th in a row.
  • Three times in his career Ennis broke up a no-hit game, including one off Ramón Monzant of the New York Giants on April 29, 1956. In 1946, his two out 8th inning single spoils a no hit perfect game bid by Red Barrett of the Cardinals and in 1947 he broke up a no hit bid by Hal Gregg of the Dodgers.
  • Del Ennis had 1,029 RBI after only his tenth Major League season, a rare feat then, a rare feat today. The only players who had ever driven-in more runs, during their first ten seasons, prior to Ennis were Joe DiMaggio (1,277 RBI / 1936-1948), Al Simmons (1,276 RBI / 1924-1933), Ted Williams (1,261 RBI / 1939-1951), Lou Gehrig (1,144 RBI / 1923-1932), Johnny Mize (1,096 RBI / 1936-1948), Earl Averill (1,077 RBI / 1929-1938), Jim Bottomley (1,057 RBI / 1922-1931), Joe Medwick (1,047 RBI / 1932-1941), Chuck Klein (1,041 RBI / 1928-1937), and Bob Johnson (1,040 RBI / 1933-1942).

1950 highlights

  • Ennis' salary for 1950 was $30,000, at the time the highest ever paid to a member of the Phillies. Ennis hit home runs in four consecutive games twice in the 1950 season. In 11 seasons as a Phillies outfielder in the post World War II years, Del Ennis averaged better than 23 home runs and 100 runs batted in and was the key player on the 1950 pennant winning team.
  • July 27 – Ennis hit a double and a grand slam with seven RBI against the Chicago Cubs, as the Phillies won 13–3 at Shibe Park. Philadelphia won 11 of their next 15 games to hold first place by four games over the Boston Braves.
  • July 30 – In the first game of a doubleheader, he hit his second grand slam in three days in a 10–0 win over Pittsburgh Pirates. He added a two-run homer as the Phillies won the second game, 4–2. His seven RBI in two games gave him 41 for the month, a new Phillies mark.
  • August 16 – The Phillies beat the second-place Braves 5–1 on Robin Roberts' three-hitter, scoring four runs in the fourth inning off Vern Bickford including Ennis' 26th home run of the season.
  • August 21 – The Phillies beat the New York Giants as Ennis had three hits and drove in his 100th run of the season to bolster Curt Simmons' four-hit shutout for his 16th win of the season. Philadelphia heads west with a 5½ game lead in the NL pennant race.
  • September 15 – In a doubleheader against Cincinnati, Ennis went 5-for-10, including a three-RBI double in the 18th inning of game two, as the Phillies won both games.
  • September 24 – As the Phillies near the end of a pennant season, Ennis powered the faltering "Whiz Kids" past the Boston Braves with a home run, three singles, and four RBI in an 8 – 7 win.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Legends of the Philadelphia Phillies, 2005, Robert Gordon, published by Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-810-0.
  2. ^ a b c d Baseball Digest, 1948, by Russ Davis.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ The 1946 PHI N Regular Season Batting Log for Del Ennis from Retrosheet.
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=barrere01
  6. ^ Goodtimes, Johnny. "Anyone for Ennis? Philly's 10th Most Underrated Athlete". Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  7. ^ Veit, Edward. "Del Ennis". Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Philadelphia Phillies 6, St. Louis Cardinals 5". Retrosheet.org.
  9. ^ "Del Ennis". Retrieved January 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "Del Ennis".
  11. ^ PhillySport magazine, B.G. Kelley, April 1990

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Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster (E–F)

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The team has played officially under two names since beginning play in 1883: the current moniker, as well as the "Quakers", which was used in conjunction with "Phillies" during the team's early history. The team was also known unofficially as the "Blue Jays" during the World War II era. Since the franchise's inception, 2,006 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team, whether as an offensive player (batting and baserunning) or a defensive player (fielding, pitching, or both).

Of those 2,006 Phillies, 32 have had surnames beginning with the letter E, and 79 beginning with the letter F. Three of those players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: second baseman Johnny Evers, who played for the Phillies during the 1917 season; right fielder Elmer Flick, who played four seasons for Philadelphia; and first baseman Jimmie Foxx, who was a Phillie during the 1945 season. Two players, Foxx and Del Ennis, are members of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame. During his 11-season career with Philadelphia (1946–1956), right fielder Ennis, a member of the 1950 team nicknamed the Whiz Kids, notched 634 extra-base hits and scored 891 runs. Foxx was inducted into the Wall of Fame for his contributions as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics.Among the 59 batters in this list, left fielder Spoke Emery has the highest batting average, at .667; he hit safely two times in three career at-bats with Philadelphia. Other players with an average over .300 include Jim Eisenreich (.324 in four seasons), Flick (.338 in four seasons), Lew Fonseca (.319 in one season), and Ed Freed (.303 in one season). Ennis leads all members of this list in home runs and runs batted in, with 259 and 1,124, respectively. Flick's 29 home runs lead those players whose surnames start with F, although he had nearly twice as many triples (57); and he is followed closely by Pedro Feliz (26 home runs). Flick also leads those batters in runs batted in, with 377 in four years.Of this list's 54 pitchers, six pitchers share the best win–loss record, in terms of winning percentage. Paul Erickson won two games for the Phillies without losing any, and five pitchers sport a 1–0 record: Tom Edens, Sergio Escalona, Paul Fletcher, Dana Fillingim, and Foxx, who pitched in nine games for the Phillies despite being primarily a first baseman. Flaherty owns the lowest earned run average (ERA), having appeared in one game, pitching ​1⁄3 inning and allowing no runs for an ERA of 0.00. Among the pitchers who have allowed runs, the best ERAs belong to Foxx and Steve Fireovid, who each have an average of 1.59 earned runs allowed per game. Scott Eyre's 1.62 earned run average from his two seasons with Philadelphia are the best among the pitchers whose surnames begin with E. Jumbo Elliott (36 wins and 205 strikeouts) and Charlie Ferguson (99 wins and 728 strikeouts) are tops in those categories among their respective lists; the latter is also one of the ten Phillies pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter, doing so on August 29, 1885, the first in franchise history. Chick Fraser also accomplished the feat on September 18, 1903.Two Phillies have made 30% or more of their Phillies appearances as both pitchers and position players. In addition to Flaherty's statistics listed above, Harry Felix batted .135 with two runs batted in as a third baseman while amassing a 4.85 ERA and striking out three as a pitcher.

Whiz Kids (baseball)

The Whiz Kids is the nickname of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. The team was largely made up of rookies; The average age of a member of the Whiz Kids was 26.4 The team won the 1950 National League pennant but failed to win the World Series.

After owner R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr. built a team of bonus babies, the 1950 team won for the majority of the season, but slumped late, allowing the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers to gain ground in the last two weeks. The final series of the season was against Brooklyn, and the final game pitted the Opening Day starting pitchers, right-handers Robin Roberts and Don Newcombe, against one another. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in extra innings in the final game of the season on a three-run home run by Dick Sisler in the top of the tenth inning. In the World Series which followed, the Whiz Kids were swept by the New York Yankees, who won their second of five consecutive World Series championships.The failure of the Whiz Kids to win another pennant after their lone successful season has been attributed to multiple theories, the most prominent of which is Carpenter's unwillingness to integrate his team after winning a pennant with an all-white team.

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