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

June 2022 Update:  Things slowed down a bit in May, as it usually does for me.  I did begin transcribing articles from the Wilmington Morning News, but was not quite able to get through all of the offseason and spring training articles.  


Nola Back?  After a down season last year and a slow start to this season, Aaron Nola has been lights out his last few starts.  If we can get ace-level Nola, that will go a long way to put the Phils into contention for the playoffs.


Castellanos Struggling:  Going the other way is free agent signing Nick Castellanos.  After a torrid April, Castellanos has hit a rough patch since, hitting only .234 in May.  The Phils will need all their high-priced bats going to maximize their success this season.


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 will continue to transcribe the Wilmington Morning News after my return from vacation.  It is a smaller newspaper, and I should be able to keep a month-to-month pace once I come home in July.