Site News - August 2007

August Update: Somehow I managed to add 12 new articles to the database this month! All of the articles come from the October 8, 1980 editions of various newspapers, and nearly all deal with Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.You can find the articles by title (the old article page), by month, the new articles page, and by game (the day-by-day boxscore pages).


Utley Back, Hamels Gone: The Phils just can't seem to buy a break. The good news is Chase Utley, perhaps a candidate for Most Valuable Player before breaking his wrist a month ago, is now back in the lineup. Unfortunately, yet another pitcher was added to the disabled list, and this one could be devastating for the Phils' playoff hopes: Cole Hamels was put on the DL with a "strained elbow." Hamels was scheduled to come back this weekend, but suffered a "setback" in a bullpen session, and his return for this season is now uncertain.


Big Sweep of Mets: At the end of last weekend, all may have seemed lost: the Phils were a full seven games behind the Mets, and there were rumblings in the media (particularly New York and ESPN) that the NL East Race was over. However, after beating the Braves on Sunday, the Phillies swept a four-game series with the Mets, the Phils were just two games behind New York going into this weekend's series against the Marlins.


Props For Kendrick: The Phillies would not be in a position to vye for a playoff spot or a division title without the contributions of rookie Kyle Kendrick this season. Kendrick, who started the year at AA Reading, won his 8th game for the Phils since his debut on July 13. Kendrick is currently 8-3 with a 3.79 ERA.


Newspaper Archive: The articles added to the website database this month come from This website has a large archive or newspapers from a variety of newspapers from around the world. I have found it helpful to work on this site. It is a pay site (just shy of $10 per month), but it does have some free features if you'd like to check it out.


Problems?: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail me at 1980phillies (address obsolete). As of right now, there should be pages for every link on the site.


Wanted: Any and all articles that pertain to the 1980 Phillies, or any players on the roster from that year. If you have some to donate/lend/sell/steal please e-mail me. Copies are wonderful! I am particularly interested in getting articles during the season from the Philadelphia newspapers (unfortunately, do not have any Philadelphia newspapers). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.


Future Updates: A future update may include separate pages within the dates and titles pages, but that is probably a chore for next summer! I will continue to attempt to add at least 3-5 new articles each month. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the website, please e-mail me.


Go Phillies!
Richard Summers