Inaugural Class of 2009
Lafayette Braves 1955-60; Lafayette Generals 1961-64; Lafayette Indians 1965-74
Known as “The Little Lefty”, Gannon effectively used a straight over the top, windmill style delivery to become one of the winningest southpaws in league history.
Playing his entire 20-year career in the baseball hot bed of Lafayette, the bespectacled Gannon was the go to workhorse in the “one game a week” era of league play.
The pinnacle of his pitching prowess came in 1961, when he paced the league with 118 innings pitched, 10 wins, 2 shutouts, and a 2.06 ERA. 1961 also saw him whiff 140 batters. He had previously K’d over 100 in 1957 with 148 in 108 innings and in 1959 when his tally of 118 sit-downs in 98.1 IP led the league. Gannon’s sub-100 total of 76 K’s in 1956 was his other league leading effort in that category.
From 1956 to 1963, he averaged 93 innings pitched, with his career high coming in that 1961 season. Led the league in innings pitched three times, doing so in 1959 with 98.1 IP, 1961 with 118 IP, and in 1962 with 86.1 IP. Also led the league with a 2.19 ERA in 1962. Tied for the league lead in shutouts with 2 in 1959 and 1 in 1960. Co-holder of the single game mark for innings pitched with 16, doing so against the Lake Hallie Lakers while striking out 15 in a 7-5 Braves’ win in 1959.
A regular in Lafayette line-ups, Phil molded a notable offensive career. In total, he collected 251 hits, 41 doubles, 15 homeruns, 149 RBI’s, 167 runs scored, 160 walks, and 349 total bases in 952 at-bats. His best offensive season also came in his standout 1961 campaign, when he hit .351 (13 for 37), with league high totals in stolen bases (10) and walks (13). Tied for the league lead in triples with 2 in 1963. Led the league with 21 RBI’s in 1971.
Gannon’s stalwart 1961 effort boosted the 10 and 1 Generals to an Eastern Division Crown, a WBA birth, and a spot in the Final 8. In 1963, his 10 and 4 record accounted for each of the Generals’ decisions, as the crew from Lafayette duplicated their team achievements of 1961.
Provided a veteran presence and a solid stick for the upstart Indians when they won the East Division in 1966, as well as for the Indians’ WBA qualifiers of 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974. Participated in nine consecutive All-Star games (1955 to 1963). A memorable performer, Gannon played the first 17 years of his career prior to the annual tradition of All-CRBL awards.