Introduction

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 2024 Update:  As expected, progress slowed to a crawl this month due to numerous commitments.  I did manage to complete the month of May in the Press of Atlantic City. At the end of the month, Greg Luzinski had seemed to be back to his old self and was tearing the cover off the ball right with Mike Schmidt.  His upcoming knee injury would decimate his rest of the season.

 

First to 40!  The Phillies had a good May.  A great May.  A spectacular May!  The end of the month sees the Fightins with the best record in the majors at 40-18.  A small stumble at the end of the month at San Diego and San Francisco has not eaten into their lead over Atlanta in the NL East, which stands at 6½ games.

 

Trea Turner:   The lone major setback for the Phils in May was a hamstring injury to shortstop Trea Turner.  The Phils haven’t missed a beat in his absence, mainly due to the great play of Edmundo Sosa in Turner’s place.  Sosa is batting .307 and playing steady shortstop for the Phils.  The team is hopeful that Turner will be able to return to the field in June.

   

Still On the Lookout For:

  • Digital pictures from the 1980 season.  I’ve been putting in a lot of clips from the newspaper I get the articles from, but the quality is often less than optimal.

  • 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 keep on keepin’ on with the Atlantic City Press.  With May done, my schedule will slow down during the summer months, and I am hoping to do better than a month-to-month pace in June and July. Future possibilities for articles include the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer Journal, the Lancaster (PA) New Era,  and the Lebanon (PA) Daily News.  I have a plan to condense the article pages to give space for these future possibilities.  I will play around with the June articles pages while I am entering the A.C. Press stories.