The Greatest Flyer of All-Time: Bobby Clarke

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The Greatest Flyer of All-Time: Bobby Clarke

Eric Lindros was the Next One, a purebred of size and skill that we never saw before and totally changed the conversation surrounding concussions in hockey. Lindros created a generation of hockey fans in Philly.

This franchise's whiffs on goaltending is that of legend, so Bernie Parent has a strong case for this title. Parent remains folklore around these parts. Ultimately, he falls short.

Unquestionably one of the greatest captains in NHL history, Bobby Clarke led the first expansion team to the Stanley Cup, winning back-to-back titles in 1974 and 1975.

Clarke is the Flyers' all-time leader in points (1,210), assists (852), games played (1,144) and short-handed goals (32). He's also one of 10 players since 1950 with two Hart Trophies as the league's Most Valuable Player and two Stanley Cup championships.

Let's not underestimate his time as the Flyers' general manager too.

Clarke is the prototypical Flyer for the way he played the game, and for that reason, he's the Greatest Flyer of All-Time.

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The Greatest Sixer of All-Time: Julius Erving

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The Greatest Sixer of All-Time: Julius Erving

Without question, Julius Erving is the best Sixer of all-time.

When you hear people talk about the GOAT (seemingly, every hour on sports radio), the conversation always goes back to Michael Jordan. But, don’t you know who MJ was imitating? Julius Erving was MJ before MJ. And as LeBron James once said, there is no MJ without Dr. J and there is no LBJ without either. 

Erving is often overlooked because he played five seasons in the ABA (where he won two titles with New York) before merging with the NBA. But even after that, Dr. J went on to play all 11 NBA seasons with the Sixers (where he was an All-Star each season), an NBA MVP in 1981 and brought a championship to the City of Brotherly Love in 1983 after a four-game sweep of Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers.

What Dr. J was able to do on the court for his 6-foot-6 size changed the entire mold of your typical small forward position. From passing and ball-handling to rebounding and shot blocking, there was not much that Dr. J couldn’t do on the court.

So next time that GOAT debate starts, don’t forget you’ve got a Sixer who should be in that conversation.

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The Greatest Phillie of All-Time: Mike Schmidt

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The Greatest Phillie of All-Time: Mike Schmidt

The greatest Phillie wasn’t always great.

Mike Schmidt hit a-buck-ninety-six — that’s right, .196 — during his first full season in the major leagues in 1973.

Turns out that was just a growing pain.

In 1974, Schmidt hit .282 and won the first of his eight National League home run titles. He also led the league in slugging percentage five times and RBIs four times over an 18-year career.

Schmidt was more than just a big bat. He is widely considered the best all-around third baseman ever and his 10 Gold Gloves are a testament to the stellar defense he played.

Schmidt won three NL MVP Awards and was MVP of the 1980 World Series. He finished his career with 548 homers and 1,595 RBIs, both tops in team history. He was the team’s leader with 2,234 hits until Jimmy Rollins broke the mark in 2014.

Robin Roberts. Steve Carlton. Chuck Klein. Richie Ashburn. Ryan Howard. Chase Utley. Jimmy Rollins …

The Phillies have had some great ones.

Mike Schmidt is the greatest.

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