Friday, February 12, 2016

Chase-ing Kitty, Beals and Possum

Chase Utley is now tied for 15th on the Phillies' all-time inside-the-park home run list.

Chase-ing Kitty, Beals and Possum

Chase Utley hit his third career inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Chase Utley hit his third career inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

You don't have to have a cool name to hit an inside-the-park home run for the Phillies, but it doesn't hurt.

Chase Utley recorded the third IPHR of his career Tuesday. That ties him for 15th place on the Phillies' all-time list. The 14 ahead of him:

Player     IPHR
Sherry Magee 17
John Titus 9
Red Dooin 8
Richie Ashburn 7
Kitty Bransfield 7
Dick Allen 5
Beals Becker 5
Elmer Flick 5
Possum Whitted     5
Shad Berry 4
Mickey Doolan 4
Hans Lobert 4
Fred Luderus 4
Roy Thomas 4
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