Dave Philley, OF, IB, 3B, PH, Switch-hitter, Throws RH; Chicago White Sox 1941, 1946-51, 1957; U.S. Army 1942-45; Philadelphia A's 1952-53; Cleveland Indians 1954-55; Baltimore Orioles 1956, 1961; Phillies 1958-60; Boston Red Sox 1962 A swift and steady fielder, Dave Philley played for the Chicago White Sox in 1941, joined the U.S. Army in 1942, returned to the White Sox in 1946 and played in the big leagues until the age of 42 at the end of 1962. In 1949, Philley led the White Sox in runs scored with 84, stolen bases with 13, line 20 two-base hits, 8 triples and batted .286. In 1950, his power numbers rose but his batting average declined. Philley hit 21 Ds, 5 Ts, 14 Hr but batted only .242.
Dave Philley was always known for his strong throwing arm, led the American League in assists three times and in double plays twice.He was traded to the Philadelphia Athletics in April 1951 and was one of the best contact hitters in the major leagues. In 1953, he hit .303, 30 Ds, 9 Ts, 9 HR and struck out only 35 times in 620 at bats. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1954, and from then on was platoon at first base and outfield, being mainly used as a pinch-hitter. His pinch-hitting helped the Indians win the AL pennant in 1954.
While playing for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1958, Philley set a still-standing major league record of nine straight pinch hits and also holds the American League record of 24 pinch hits in a one season, 1959. As a pinch-hitter, he lined 93 hits in 311 at bats, for a .299 average. Dave Philley's career record: .270 BA, 1700 hits in 1904 games, 276 doubles, 72 Ts, 84 HR, 789 runs, 729 RBI, walked 594 times, only 551 Ks in 6296 at bats, .335 on-base-pct. baseballhistorian.com