Boston Ross..would disagree with you about the signing of Richie Hebner, he was actually a perfect component for that team, an easy going left handed hitter who was a clutch hitter and got along really well with Luzinski, Bowa and Schmidt. They talked about how well he fit in and interestingly enough there were more than a few baseball scouts who indicated that they thought the 1979 Phils would be WORSE offensively by sacrificing Hebner when signing Rose. I was not one of them but certainly understood the argument.
As for Cash declining after one solid year in Montreal I always felt he and the Phils had the perfect marriage and it hurt both sides when he left. And as far as acquiring an outfielder and moving the Bull to 1st base, my gosh that '77 team reeked of starting outfielders...Luzinski, Maddux, McBride, Johnstone, Martin and Brown. I still maintain that the '77 team was the greatest team in Phillie history and were brought down by a manager who was ill suited for the skills of that club. Not only did they have a brilliant starting lineup but an incredible 8 man bench...McCarver, Hutton [.300 hitter] Johnson [another .300 hitter, Harmon, Johnstone, Martin, Brown and a catcher who had been a starter in Montreal, Barry Foote.