Phillips began as an outfielder, but didn't hit well enough to play regularly. In
1957 he moved to third base for the White Sox and by hard work made himself into
a competent infielder. He had his best season (.264, 18 HR, 72 RBI) in 1961 with
Cleveland, leading all AL third basemen in homers.
»June 17, 1962:
Before a crowd of 70,916, the Indians sweep a pair from the Yankees, 6–1 and 6–3, and boost their lead over the Twins to two games. Donovan becomes the ML's first 10 game winner in the opener. In the nitecap, the Indians hit three straight homers in the 2nd off Jim Stafford. Jerry Kindell, Bubba Phillips and Jim Maloney connect.