The 1980 edition of the Phillies may not have been the best team, talent-wise, in Phillies history. Both the 1976 and 1977 Phils won more games. The Phillies also won pennants in 1915, 1950, 1983, and 1993. In fact, it took a near miracle (and a six-game winning streak at the end of the year) for the Phillies to even win the division crown over the powerhouse Expos in 1980. Then the Phillies looked at baseball's version of the Grim Reaper against Houston, coming back in the 8th inning of games 4 and 5, winning both in extra innings to go to the World Series. And against the Royals, the Phillies just would not be denied, winning the FIRST World Championship in Phillies history in six games. Yes, other Phillies teams may have had more talent. Other Phillies teams may have won more games. But the 1980 Phillies won, with grit and determination, what no other Phillies team could achieve until 2008: The right to call themselves WORLD CHAMPIONS.
Most Recent Update
August 2019 Update: Back to baby steps with the advent of the school year. I have managed to put in a few days' worth of articles in the site library. Articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer are now complete through April 18!
Sigh… The Phils’ continue to bumble and stumble their way through the 2019 season. At this point, they’re looking up at not only the Braves and Nationals, but the Mets as well. If it isn’t a staggering offense, it’s the sporadic starting rotation. If not the rotation, then it’s the rather mediocre bullpen. If not the bullpen,… well, you see it as well as I do!
Still On the Lookout For:
- Pictures from the 1980 season. Looking for digital copies of pictures that can be posted on the site
- Articles from the Philadelphia Bulletin. Richie Ashburn used to do a weekly article in that newspaper. Online, scanned, clipped, must most importantly free!
Future Updates: School has started, which means that time will be more precious, but I will try to persevere in adding to the site library. For now, the focus is still on April issues of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Go Phils!