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
January 2018 Update: Finally got back into some action on the website during my winter break. Broke into the stash of Inquirer articles I found last summer, but never had the time to work with before. I started with Opening Day, April 11, and then backtracked to the beginning of the month and did the first two days.
Managing Kapler: Welcome to Philadelphia to the newest manager of the Phillies, Gabe Kapler. A young manager to work with a young team. Whether it works remains to be seen, but it is definitely an innovative outlook for the Phillies and their young general manager, Matt Klentak.
Media Update: Nothing to report this month. If you see a source for the 1980 Phillies, please let me know, and I will see about adding it to the archive.
Digital Pictures Needed: I’d still love pictures of the 1980 season If you have something (for free – I’m poor and this is a non-profit site!), please let me know through the contact section.
FOUND! I have found a treasure trove of newspaper articles from the 1980 season. It will take me years to get through what I have been able to find, thanks to newspapers.com. I have found articles from the Inquirer and Daily News, as well as newspapers from Wilmington and Allentown. I am still looking for sources from the old Philadelphia Bulletin (I believe Richie Ashburn did a weekly article that season). Clippings, photocopies, whatever contains part of the story of the 1980 Phillies is appreciated.
Future Updates: I’ll be looking to continue working in the new articles as time allows. At this point is may not be realistic to promise regular monthly updates, but that is what I am shooting for. Like continues to be crazy with work, family and other obligations, but I want to try to devote a few hours a month to the archive.