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

November 2021 Update:  I was able to put in articles from the July issues of the Camden Courier-Post, as well as articles from rival newspapers for each game that month.  I am still working on the boxscore pictures from these issues, though some were included on the articles pages.

 

2021 Post-Mortem:  The Phils were largely their own worst enemy in 2021.  A lack of pitching, both in the rotation and the bullpen, as well as defensive shortcomings added up to a disappointing finish to what began as a hopeful season, especially in the light of the rival Braves playing their way into the World Series.  It should be a busy offseason for Phils president Dave Dombrowski and general manager Sam Fuld.

 

MV3?:  One Phillie who lived up to the billing was Bryce Harper.  A torrid second half that saw him hit .338 and slug over .700, Harper was the one player who lifted his weight throughout the season.  It remains to be seen if his season will be deemed worthy of an MVP nod by the voters, but he certainly made a valid argument for the award in my book.

   

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:   For now, my goals remain the same, aiming for a month-to-month transmission of the Camden Courier-Post and rival newspapers as the Phillies complete their August schedule.  Work demands and the approaching holidays may eat into that a bit… but I am hoping to keep pace!