I want to look waaaay back in Phillies history, to one of their all-time greats, Ed Delahanty.
Delahanty is the second leading hitter (by average) in Phillies history, with a career line of .348 (2213 for 6359). He added 87 homers and over 1200 RBI playing in the homerless-era of the late 19th century. He also stole over 400 bases and walked three times more than he struck out.
His Phillies career started in 1888, after he was purchased for $1,500 from Wheeling of the Tri-State League. He was purchased for Abe Nunez dollars and he put up Abe Nunez numbers, hitting .228 in his first season. That was followed by a .298 year, a year in his hometown of Cleveland playing for the Infants, and another poor year with the Phillies (.243 average). Delahanty then turned it on, hitting .306, .368, .407, .404, .397, .377, .334, and .410 in the following years. Back then, a "performance enhancing substance" was a six of Schlitz so I doubt his accomplishments were aided by the "juice." (Although, a few gulps of cocaine containing Coca-Cola might help...) Surprisingly, he led the league in homers (twice) more than he led in BA (once). During his time, he led the league at least once in BA, SLG, OBP, OPS, hits, totals bases, doubles, triples, homers, RBI, steals, and a few other stat-o-matic categories.
Former Pittsburgh Alleghenys' pitcher Crazy Schmidt said of him, "When you pitch to (Ed) Delahanty, you just want to shut your eyes, say a prayer and chuck the ball. The Lord only knows what'll happen after that."
Wikipedia has this as summary of the last day of "Big Ed": "Delahanty died when he was swept over Niagara Falls in 1903. He was apparently kicked off a train by the train's conductor for being drunk and disorderly. The conductor said Delahanty was brandishing a straight razor and threatening passengers. After being kicked off the train, Delahanty started his way across the International Bridge (near Niagara Falls) and fell or jumped off the bridge (some accounts say Ed was yelling about death that night). Whether 'Big Ed' died from his plunge over the Falls, or drowned on the way to the Falls is uncertain."
"Big Ed" combined a long, successful, Hall of Fame baseball career with a tragic death involving trains, booze and a gigantic waterfall. And there is nothing like a mysterious, untimely death to boost a legacy.
So here's to "Big Ed" Delahanty, a hard-drinking, hard-hitting, Philadelphia Phillie.