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.
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August 2022 Update: Well… it’s still slow! Time was just a bit quick to pass having all of that summer fun. I am about ⅔ of the way through the spring training articles, but had not been able to put a few hours together to quite finish the job.
Thomson’s Boost The Phils have picked up the pace since the manager change in the beginning of June… even with the absence of their best player. Since interim manager Rob Thomson took the post, the Phils have a 33-18 record and have climbed back into the thick of the wild-card hunt.
All-Star Schwarbs and Snubs: The Phils’ were represented by free agent signee Kyle Schwarber in this year’s all-star game. Schwarber also competed in the annual home run derby, igniting a new social media stir in his loss to Albert Pujols. However, the Phils’ two top pitchers, Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, were not selected to the game, though both have pitched well this year.
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… most importantly free!
Future Updates: I know, I know: promises, promises! Hopefully I can get back to some semblance of a normal production now that my work schedule will get closer to normal. Meanwhile… I will be continuing work on the Wilmington Morning News!