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
March 2019 Update: Did you miss me? I know it’s been awhile, but real life and adult responsibilities (like being Dad) have cut in mightily on the free time to spend. I have put in an article or two along the way, but not enough to warrant an “update” until this month. There are now articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer included through April 10, 1980! That means since the last update eleven months ago, eleven new articles have been added.
Ready for 2019! Did you hear that the Phils signed Bryce Harper? I know, EVERYONE’S heard about Bryce Harper. Along with the acquisitions of J.T Realmuto and Jean Segura, it is shaping up to be an exciting 2019 season for the Phils!
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: Can’t promise a return to regular monthly updates, but I’ll be trying to poke my head in here from time to time to add a thing or two. Next up will be the Philadelphia Inquirer’s 1980 season preview magazine that was published on April 10, 1980. Like most of you, life continues to be a crazy ride!