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

May 2022 Update:  I was able to add articles from the Kansas City Star, with coverage throughout the Series from the perspective of Royals’ reporters.  It’s always interesting to see the story from numerous perspectives! 


May Day?  The beginning of the baseball season has seen the Phils stumbling a bit out of the gate.  The big bopper lineup has had it’s ups and downs, and the Phils are lagging behind the Mets and Marlins.  Hopefully the Phils enter hitting season quickly.


Hitless:  The Phillies were on the wrong end of a combined no hitter against the Mets on April 29.  The Mets used five pitchers - Tylor Megill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz – to keep the Phils hitless for the game.  Aaron Nola gave up three runs in six inning, taking the loss in a 3-0 final.


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 have selected the Wilmington Morning News for my next local run through the 1980 season.  It is a smaller newspaper, and I should be able to keep a month-to-month pace, at least beginning in June!  May will be very busy, so I may not get much put in this month.