Willie Jones

Signed off the sandlots of South Carolina, the 6’2″ 205-lb Jones became the Phillies’ regular at third base in 1949 and remained there for a decade. As a rookie, he tied a major league record with four straight doubles in a game at Boston (4/20/1949) and, for the only time in his career, led NL third basemen in errors. In five seasons the durable Jones had the league’s best fielding percentage, and his seven years leading the NL in putouts at 3B tied a record. A dependable hitter with power, he had a career-high 25 HR as a key member of the 1950 pennant-winning “Whiz Kids.” He stands in Philadelphia’s all-time top ten in six offensive categories, and his six career Phillie grand slams ties him for second behind Mike Schmidt. Traded to Cleveland in 1959, he ended with Cincinnati in 1961.