The biggest one-hit wonders in Philly sports history
There are many one-hit wonders, but these are the most memorable.
In honor of National One-Hit Wonder Day, we remember the top ten Philadelphia Sports One-Hit Wonders: people who dazzled us, gave us a flicker of hope, only to flame out or otherwise fade away.
10. Bobby Hoying
To call his time as starting QB of the Eagles a “hit” is laughable, but his modicum of success took the city by storm. He went 2-0-1 in his first three NFL starts, and fans were in love. He played in 11 more games (10 starts) for the Eagles after that. His numbers: 1-9, 4 TD, 14 interceptions.
9. Dana Barros
Barros played 13 NBA seasons, 2 with the 76ers. His 2nd season in Philadelphia was his best of the 13 by far, averaging better than 20 points per game — even dropping 50 in one game — and earning his lone All-Star nod.
8. Ville Leino
The left-winger from Finland was acquired late in the 2009-10 season from the Red Wings for a 5th round pick and was integral in the Flyers’ 2010 run to the Stanley Cup Final. Leino tallied 21 points in 19 playoff games. He lasted one more season with the Flyers, before signing with Buffalo in free agency.
7. Hunter Pence
He’s a 2-time World Series champion, just not in Philadelphia. Pence was a Phillie for slightly more than a calendar year, coming to the Phillies in late July of 2011, and being sent to the Giants at the trade deadline a year later. He hit 28 homers and knocked in 94 runs in red pinstripes.
6. Freddie Mitchell
What Eagles fan can forget 4th & 26? And while we’re here, who can remember anything else Freddie Mitchell did on the field? Despite what Freddie himself will tell you, aside from being on the receiving end of that play, his four seasons in midnight green were very forgettable.
5. Jeff Garcia
For my money, the Eagles backup QB job is the best job to have in the world. No expectations, roses at your feet if you do anything remotely effective (see #10). In 2006, Garcia stepped in for an injured Donovan McNabb and finished the regular season 5-1, going from anonymity to Our Baby. Garcia even won a playoff game, before bowing out against the Saints in the divisional round. He’s it, Baby.
4. Michael Carter-Williams
After winning the 2014 Rookie of the Year award, 76ers fans were high on MCW. General Manager Sam Hinkie found someone who was even higher on the point guard: the Milwaukee Bucks. Hinkie traded MCW as part of a 3-team deal, Carter-Williams never approached the numbers his reached as a rookie, and the 76ers used the return on MCW to eventually acquire Zhaire Smith, and an unprotected 1st-round pick, spent to acquire Tobias Harris, Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic from the Clippers last season.
3. Domonic Brown
It seems so long ago that Brown was #1 in our hearts — for about six weeks. From late April-early June of 2013, Brown was unstoppable: 17 HR, 41 RBI in 42 games. He even made the All-Star team! The former 20th-round pick faded after that. The Phillies let him walk after the 2015 season, and he hasn’t played a game in the majors since.
2. Chip Kelly
The romance that surrounded Chip Kelly during his 1st two seasons as Eagles head coach is equal to the disdain Eagles fans hold for him today. Kelly went 10-6 in 2013, his 1st season, and began his 2nd season 9-3 – then the bottom fell out. He finished his Eagles tenure 7-12 in his final 19 games, went on to coach the 49ers to a 2-win season in 2016. He is now ruining Saturdays for UCLA fans.
1. Terrell Owens
Owens was a huge reason the Eagles went to the Super Bowl in 2004. If he could have worked well with others a bit better, who knows? Maybe Donovan McNabb would’ve gotten his elusive SB ring. But while Owens was here, he was a force of nature. 1,200 receiving yards and 14 TD in 14 games in 2004, six more TD in seven games in 2005, before being sent home by Andy Reid and subsequently released.