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Philadelphia Phillies
2017 Philadelphia Phillies season
Established in 1883
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Team logo
Major league affiliations
Retired numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42, P, P
Name
  • Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present)
  • Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889)
(Also referred to as the "Blue Jays" from 1943 through 1945 despite formal name remaining "Phillies")
Other nicknames
  • The Fightin' (or Phightin') Phils, The Fightin's (or Phightins) [1] [2]
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (1) 1980
NL Pennants (5)
East Division titles (7) [1]
Wild card berths (0) None
[1] - In 1981, a mid-season players' strike split the season. Philadelphia, with the best record in the East Division when play was halted, was declared the first-half division winner. The Phillies' record over the entire season was third-best in the division, 2½ games behind St. Louis and Montréal.
Front office
Owner(s) David Montgomery, Giles Limited Partnership (Bill Giles), Claire S. Betz, Tri-Play Associates (Alexander K. Buck, J. Maholn Buck Jr. William C. Buck), Double Play Inc. (John S. Middelton)
Manager Charlie Manuel
General Manager Pat Gillick

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The Phillies are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. From 2004 to the present, the Phillies have played their home games at Citizens Bank Park in the South Philadelphia section of the city. The organization is tied with the San Francisco Giants as the fifth-oldest team in the majors, behind the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.

The "Phillies" name originates as a shortened version of the "Philadelphias", as the convention at the time was to call the team by their home city. They are nicknamed the Fightin' Phils[3] or simply the Fightin's[4]. In Phillies culture, it is not unusual to replace an "f" with a "ph" in words, such as the Phillie Phanatic, or the "Phold" of '64.[5]

One of the 19th century "Classic Eight" National League franchises, the club was founded in Philadelphia in 1883 as the "Quakers". The team adopted "Phillies" the following year and used it concurrently with "Quakers" until 1890, when they dropped the "Quakers" name. In an attempt to change the team's image, they added Philadelphia Blue Jays as a second nickname in 1943, but it only lasted two years.

At the outset of the 20th century, the team made its home in the Baker Bowl. After much fighting to get out of their lease and the badly aging stadium, they moved into Connie Mack Stadium (then Shibe Park) in 1938, home of their American League rivals, the Philadelphia Athletics. The A's would move in 1954 to Kansas City, Missouri, eventually moving to Oakland to become today's Oakland Athletics.

The Phillies have won one World Series Championship in their history, against the Kansas City Royals in 1980. In addition to their 1980 World Series victory, the Phillies have made four other World Series appearances, losing in 1915 to the Boston Red Sox, in 1950 to the New York Yankees, in 1983 to the Baltimore Orioles, and in 1993 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Of the sixteen original American and National League teams (i.e, those in existence prior to the 1961-1962 expansion of the two leagues), the Phillies were the last team to win their first World Series, with their 1980 defeat of the favored Kansas City Royals in six games being their only World Series championship. Due in part to the age of the club, the Phillies became the first team in the four major sports to surpass 10,000 losses in franchise history in 2007.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

In 1883, sporting goods manufacturer Al Reach (a pioneering professional baseball player) and attorney John Rogers won an expansion National League franchise for Philadelphia. They were awarded a spot in the league to replace the Worcester Brown Stockings, a franchise which had folded in 1882. The new team was named the Quakers. The team's opening season .173 winning percentage is still the worst in franchise history.

In 1884, Harry Wright (the future Hall of Famer) was recruited as manager in the hope of reversing the team's fortunes. The team was rechristened the "Phillies" (an homage to their hometown) and in 1887 they began play at the Baker Bowl. Despite a general improvement from their dismal beginnings, they never seriously contended for the title. The standout players of franchise in the era were Billy Hamilton, Sam Thompson, and Ed Delahanty, who in 1896 set the major-league record (since tied by several others) with 4 home runs in a single game.

Early 1900s[edit]

With the birth of the more lucrative American League in 1901, the Phillies saw many of their better players defect to the upstart, including a number of players who ended up playing for their crosstown rivals the Athletics, owned by former Phillies minority owner Benjamin Shibe.

While their former teammates thrived (the AL's first five batting champions were former Phillies), the remaining squad fared dismally, finishing 46 games out of first place in 1902. To add tragedy to folly, a balcony collapsed during a game at the Baker Bowl, killing 12 and injuring hundreds. The costs of the disaster forced Reach and Rogers to sell the Phillies rather than risk financial ruin.

Baker Bowl-Home of the Phillies from 1887–1938.

The Phillies won their first pennant in 1915 thanks to the pitching of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the batting prowess of Gavvy Cravath, who set the major-league single-season record for home runs with 24. However, by 1917 Alexander had been traded away when owner William Baker refused to increase his salary. Baker was known for running the Phillies very cheaply; for instance, during much of his tenure there was only one scout in the entire organization.

The effect of the Alexander trade was immediate. In 1918--only three years after winning the pennant-- the Phillies finished 13 games under .500. It was the start of one of the longest streaks of futility in baseball history. From 1918 to 1947, the Phillies would have only one winning record (78-76 in 1932), only finished higher than sixth twice, and would never be a serious factor past June. The team's primary stars during the 1920s and 1930s were outfielders Cy Williams, Lefty O'Doul, and Chuck Klein, who captured the vaunted Triple Crown in 1933. Unfortunately, Philadelphia's cozy Baker Bowl proved to be a fertile hitting ground for Phillies opponents as well, and in 1930, the team surrendered 1199 runs, a major-league record still standing today.

1930s-1940s[edit]

Baker's death in 1930 left the team to his nephew, Gerald Nugent. Unlike Baker, he badly wanted to build a winning team. However, he didn't have the financial means to do so. He was forced to trade what little talent the team had to make ends meet, and often had to use some creative financial methods to even field a team at all.[6] One problem was Baker Bowl. Once considered one of the finest parks in baseball, it was not well maintained from the 1910s onward. For several years, the Phillies tried to move to Shibe Park, five blocks north on Lehigh Avenue, as tenants of the A's. However, Baker Bowl's owner, Charles W. Murphy, refused to let the Phillies out of their lease at first. He finally relented in 1938, and only then because the city threatened to condemn the dilapidated park. Despite the change of scenery, attendance rarely topped 3,000 a game.

The nadir came in 1942, when the Phillies needed an advance from the league just to go to spring training. Nugent, unable to find a buyer, was forced to sell the franchise back to the league early in February 1943. A week later, the league sold the Phillies to a wealthy lumber broker named William Cox. A popular legend has it that Bill Veeck had agreed in principle to buy the Phillies from Nugent. As the story goes, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and National League President Ford Frick quashed the deal when they found out that Veeck planned to stock the Phillies with Negro League stars. However, this story is likely false based on press accounts of the time; notably, Philadelphia's black press mentioned nothing about any prospective Veeck purchase.[6]

For the first time in decades, the Phillies had an owner who was not only committed to building a winner, but wasn't afraid to spend the money it took to do so. His efforts had an immediate impact, as the team rose out of the standings cellar for the first time in 5 years in 1943, and the fans responded in kind, as attendance rose for the first time in nearly 30 years. However, Cox was a very hands-on owner. When his manager, Bucky Harris, objected to Cox's interference, Cox fired him. Out of revenge, Harris dropped a bombshell to the Philadelphia press in his hotel room: he had evidence that Cox was placing bets on his own team.

After an investigation, Cox admitted to making "sentimental" bets on the Phillies, but didn't know it was against the rules. This made no difference to Landis, who banned Cox from baseball for life. Author Rich Westcott was quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying Cox knew "next to nothing about baseball. Otherwise, why would he have bet on the Phillies?" [3] Soon afterward, Cox sold controlling interest in the Phillies to DuPont heir Robert R.M. Carpenter, who turned control over to his son, Bob, Jr.

Carpenter's first act was to try to change the team's name (and vicariously, its image) to the "Blue Jays" after a city wide vote on a new nickname. However, "Phillies" continued to appear on the team's jerseys, with a Blue Jay appearing on the sleeves. Students at Johns Hopkins University, whose teams are also known as the Blue Jays, vehemently protested Carpenter's decision, claiming that it dishonored their school. The nickname was quietly dropped in 1946.

The Whiz Kids[edit]

Shibe Park / Connie Mack Stadium, home of the Phillies from 1938–1970

Carpenter, like Cox, wasn't afraid to spend the money it took to build a contender. He immediately started signing young players and devoted significant resources to the farm system. By the 1950s, the Phillies had gone from basement to pennant contender thanks to the "Whiz Kids," led by a lineup of young players developed by the Phillies' farm system that included future Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts.

Although the Phillies led in the standings for most of the 1950 season, a late-season tailspin (triggered by the loss of starting pitcher Curt Simmons to National Guard service) caused the team to lose the next eight of 10 games. On the last day of the season, the Phillies hung onto a one-game lead when Dick Sisler's dramatic tenth-inning, three-run home run against the Dodgers clinched the Phils' first pennant in 35 years. In the World Series, exhausted from their late-season plunge and recipients of poor luck, the Phillies were swept by the New York Yankees in four straight games. In 1954, the Athletics moved to Kansas City, and sold Shibe Park (renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953) to the Phillies.

"Phold" of 1964[edit]

During their 30-year stretch of futility, the Phillies finished last a total of 17 times and next to last seven times. A 1962 cartoon in a baseball magazine depicted a ballplayer arriving at a French Foreign Legion outpost, explaining, "I was released by the Phillies!"

During 1962 and 1963, the Phillies began to climb back to respectability, and throughout the 1964 season, they seemed destined to make it to the World Series, with excellent performances from players such as rookie third baseman Dick Allen, starters Jim Bunning (obtained from the Detroit Tigers at the start of the season to shore up the pitching staff) and Chris Short, and star right fielder Johnny Callison. TV Guide went to press with a World Series preview that featured a photo of Connie Mack Stadium. However, from a 6½-game lead on the Cincinnati Reds with 12 games remaining in the season, Philadelphia collapsed in a 10-game losing streak (the first seven played at home). The crucial series came when the now second-place Phillies traveled to St. Louis to play the Cardinals after their losing home stand. They dropped the first game of the series to Bob Gibson by a 5-1 score, their eighth loss in a row, dropping them to third place. The Cardinals would sweep the three-game set and assume first place for good. The Phillies still had a chance to force an unprecedented three-way tie for first after the Cardinals dropped the first two games of their last season series to the New York Mets. However, the Cardinals won their last game of the season, leaving the Phillies tied with the Reds for second place--just one game out of first. The "Phold," as it is known, is one of the most notable collapses in sports history.

1970s[edit]

Phillies cap logo from 1970 to 1991

By 1970, Connie Mack Stadium was aging, and in the last day of the 1970 season at the stadium's last game the Phillies avoided last place by beating the Montreal Expos 2-1.

The Phillies opened the new Veterans Stadium in 1971, with hopes of a new beginning. In their first season there, pitcher Rick Wise hurled a no-hitter. That same season, Harry Kalas joined the Phillies broadcasting team. In 1972, the Phillies were the worst team in baseball, but newly acquired Steve Carlton won nearly half their games (27 of 59 team wins). In that same year, ownership of the Phillies was "inherited" by Robert "Ruly" Carpenter III when his father stepped down.

By 1974, the Phillies began their quest for a championship that would be theirs 6 years later. That year second baseman Dave Cash coined the phrase "Yes We Can" for the Phils. And, for a while, it looked as if they could. They led the division for 51 days. But in August and September the Phillies went 25-32 and it was "No They Couldn't".

The Phillies achieved some success in the mid-1970s. With such players as Carlton, third baseman Mike Schmidt, shortstop Larry Bowa, and outfielder Greg Luzinski, the Phillies won three straight division titles (1976-78). However, they fell short in the NLCS, against the Reds in 1976 and the Dodgers in 1977-78. In 1979, the Phillies acquired Pete Rose, the spark that would put them over the top.

1980-1992[edit]

The Phils won the NL East in 1980, but to win the league championship, they would have to defeat the Astros. In a memorable NLCS, with 4 of the 5 games needing extra innings, they fell behind 2-1 but battled back to squeeze past Houston on a tenth-inning game-winning hit by center fielder Garry Maddox, and the city celebrated its first pennant in 30 years. The entire series saw only one home run hit, a game-winning two-run home run by Phillies slugger Greg Luzinski in the Phillies' opening 3-1 win in Game 1 at Philadelphia.

Facing Kansas City in the 1980 World Series, the Phillies won their first world championship in 6 games, thanks to the timely hitting of Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose. Schmidt, who was the NL MVP for the 1980 season, also won the World Series MVP finals award on the strength of his 8 for 21 hitting (.381 average), including game-winning hits in Game 2 and the clinching Game 6. Thus, the Phillies became one of only four MLB teams with only one World Series championship, by far the oldest club with only one victory.

During the early 1980s, when baseball was becoming more drug-conscious, several Philadelphia players admitted to having used amphetamines from time to time. A memorable Philadelphia Daily News headline dubbed the team "The Pillies".

The team made the playoffs in the strike-shortened 1981 season losing to Montreal in the special pre-LCS playoff series. After the 1981 season, the Carpenter family sold the team to a group of investors led by Bill Giles and Dave Montgomery. Two years later, the "Wheeze Kids" would win another pennant, only to lose the 1983 World Series to Baltimore in 5 games.

The Phillies struggled for most of the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s. The 1992 season would end with the Phillies at the bottom of the barrel, at last place in the National League East. However, their fortunes were about to change.

1993 National League Champs[edit]

The 1993 Phillies were led by stars such as Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Lenny Dykstra, and Curt Schilling. The team was often described as "shaggy," "unkempt," and "dirty." This team was known as a bunch of throw back, whatever it takes kind of players. The previous year, noting the presence of the clean-cut Dale Murphy, Kruk himself described the team as "24 morons and one Mormon" or a bunch of idiots and Murph. Their character endeared them to fans, and attendance reached a record high the following season. As a play on the legendary 1927 New York Yankees' Murderers' Row, the team's dirty, mullet-wearing look was dubbed "Macho Row." To the surprise of their city and the nation, the Phillies powered their way to a 97-65 record and an East division title, all thanks to a big April in which the Fightin's went 17-5.

The Phillies' major contributors on offense were OF Lenny Dykstra, 1B John Kruk, SS Kevin Stocker (a rookie who led the team in batting average, hitting .324), and OF Jim Eisenreich, all of whom hit over .300 for the season. Their pitching staff was led by 16-game winners Curt Schilling and Tommy Greene. Each member of the rotation posted at least 10 wins, while the bullpen was led by elder statesman Larry Andersen and closer Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams, who notched 43 saves and a 3.34 ERA.

The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves (the two-time defending National League champions) in the 1993 National League Championship Series, four games to two, to earn the fifth pennant in franchise history. They faced defending world champion Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series. Philadelphia lost the Series in six games, with Toronto's Joe Carter hitting a walk-off three-run home run off of Mitch Williams in Game 6, to win a second consecutive championship for the Blue Jays. Following that loss, Williams was the subject of death threats and other hostile reaction from some irate Phillies' fans; he left for the Astros.

1994-2005[edit]

With the 1994 players' strike, most of the Phillies' fan base was greatly offended, and afterward, the team had little success either on the field or at the gate for a decade. Both were negatively affected by the realignment of the Atlanta Braves into the National League East in 1994, as the Braves won the division every year until 2006, often by wide margins. Despite the relative lack of success, many current baseball stars rose to prominence during this era in Phillies history, including Scott Rolen, Bobby Abreu, Randy Wolf, Plácido Polanco, and perhaps most notably Schilling. In addition, the nucleus of the current Phillies club (Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Brett Myers, and Cole Hamels) was developed during this era.

Former Phillie Larry Bowa was hired as manager for the 2001 season, and led the Phillies to an 86-76 record, their first winning season since the 1993 World Series year. They spent most of the first half of the season in first place, and traded first place with the Braves for most of the second half. In the end, they finished two games out of first, the Braves' tightest division race in years. Bowa was named National League Manager of the Year. The Phillies continued to contend for the next few years under Bowa, with the only blemish being an 80-81 season in 2002.

The opening of the new Citizens Bank Park brought fans new hope, and the team was expected to win the NL East. However, they finished a distant second, and Bowa was fired with two games to go in the season.

Charlie Manuel took over as manager for 2005, and kept the Phillies in contention throughout the season; they were only eliminated from wild card contention on the next-to-last day. However, it was not enough to save the job of general manager Ed Wade; he was fired after his eighth season. Soon after, the Phillies hired Pat Gillick, who, ironically, was the general manager of the 1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays' Championship teams.

2006[edit]

Continuing what he had begun in the off-season, Gillick engaged in a flurry of trades in an effort to transform the character of the team and to obtain financial flexibility for what he termed "retooling." On July 26, 2006, the Phillies traded backup catcher Sal Fasano to the New York Yankees for minor league infielder Hector Made. Two days later, the Phillies traded third baseman David Bell, who was due to become a free agent during the off-season, to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Wilfredo Laureano. Gillick did not stop there, making a deadline deal that sent outfielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yankees in exchange for Matt Smith, C.J. Henry, Carlos Monastrios, and Jesus Sanchez.

The Liberty Bell replica at Citizens Bank Park rings for every Phillies home run and victory.

The team responded well to the changes. All-Star second baseman Chase Utley was free to bat third, and Ryan Howard batted cleanup; more importantly, they assumed a team leadership role along with shortstop Jimmy Rollins. On August 18, Gillick acquired veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer, a native of the Philadelphia suburb of Souderton, Pennsylvania, for the starting rotation. Immediately afterwards, and following a win over the Washington Nationals on August 29, the Phillies record stood at 66-65, trailing the San Diego Padres by a mere half game in the wild-card race. By September 24, the Phillies had captured and lost the wild-card lead and were tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers. With identical 82-74 records, both teams took to the road for the final six games, the Phillies to Washington and Florida, the Dodgers to Colorado and San Francisco. On September 30, both the Dodgers and Padres won their respective games and as a result, the Phillies were eliminated from playoff contention while two games behind with only one left to play.

Ryan Howard was named the National League's Most Valuable Player, narrowly edging the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols to claim the top honor in the National League.


2007-08 offseason: Philly favorites[edit]

Even though their sweep from the playoffs was a disappointment, the Phillies started on their quest for October baseball in 2008 by trading OF Michael Bourn, RHP Geoff Geary, and 3B Michael Costanzo (since traded to the Baltimore Orioles) to the Houston Astros for RHP Brad Lidge and IF Eric Bruntlett. They also re-signed LHP J.C. Romero to a three-year deal, in addition to bringing back manager Charlie Manuel and the rest of the coaching staff.

The Phillies signed OF Geoff Jenkins to a two-year deal, to be the left-handed part of a platoon with right-handed OF Jayson Werth. They also signed OF So Taguchi to a one-year deal, as a pinch hitter/backup outfielder. With these new outfielders coming into town, the Phillies sold OF Chris Roberson to the Baltimore Orioles. Most recently, the Phillies acquired free-agent 3B Pedro Feliz, formerly of the San Francisco Giants, inking him to a two-year contract worth $8.5 million.[7] These additions relegated IF/OF Greg Dobbs to a utility role, where he excelled last season as the team's primary left-handed pinch hitter. On February 21, 2008 an arbitrator ruled in Ryan Howard's favor, giving him a $10 million salary for the 2008 season.

Major League Baseball's website also recently named the Phillies as the favorites for the National League East championship for 2008.[8] Meanwhile, in the wake of the 2007 season and Carlos Beltran's calling out of the 2008 Phillies' team, the Mets-Phillies rivalry now stands as one of the most intense in baseball.

Team Logos[edit]

Team Uniform[edit]

The current team colors, uniform, and logo date to 1992. The main team colors are red and white, with blue serving as a prominent accent. The team name is written in red with a blue star serving as the dot over the "i"s, and blue piping is often found in Phillies branded apparel and materials. The team's home uniform is white with red pinstripes, lettering and numbering. The road uniform is traditional grey with red lettering/numbering. Both bear a script-lettered "Phillies" logo, with the aforementioned star dotting the "i"s across the chest, and the player name and number on the back. Hats are red with a single stylized "P". The script "Phillies" and the red trim are similar to the style worn by the team during 1950 to 1969. [9]

During the 2008 season, the Phillies will wear an alternate, cream-colored uniform during home day games in tribute to their 125th anniversary. The uniforms are similar to those worn from 1946 through 1949, featuring no pinstripes and red lettering bordered with blue piping. The accompanying cap is blue with a red bill and a red stylized "P." The uniforms were announced on November 29, 2007, where Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, pitcher Cole Hamels and Hall of Famer Robin Roberts modeled the new uniforms. [10]

From 1970 to 1991, the Phillies sported colors, uniforms, and a logo that were noticeably different from what had come before, or since, but that were widely embraced by even traditionally minded fans. A darker red/burgundy was adopted as the main team color, with a classic pinstripe style for home uniforms. Blue was almost entirely dropped as part of the team's official color scheme, except in one area; a pale blue (as opposed to traditional grey) was used as the base-color for away game uniforms. Yet the most important aspect of the 1970 uniform change was the adoption of one of the more distinctive logos in sports; a Phillies "P" that, thanks to its unique shape and "baseball stitched" center swirl, remains instantly recognizable and admired, long after its regular use has ended. It was while wearing this uniform/logo/color motif that the club achieved its most enduring success, including a World Series title in 1980 and another World Series appearance in 1983.[11] Its continued popularity with fans is evident, as even today Phillies home games can contain anywhere from a quarter to a third of the crowd sporting caps, shirts, and/or jackets emblazoned with the iconic "P" and burgundy color scheme.

For one game in 1979, the Phillies front office modified the uniform into an all-burgundy version with white trimmings, to be worn for Saturday games. They were called "Saturday Night Specials". The immediate reaction of the media, fans, and players alike was negative, with many describing the despised uniforms as pajama-like. As such, the idea was hastily abandoned. [12]

Another uniform controversy arose in 1994 when the Phillies introduced blue caps on Opening Day which were to be worn for home day games only. The caps were unpopular with the players, who considered them bad luck after two losses. The caps were dumped after being used on the field for a month.

The Phillies pioneered the use of the batting practice jersey in 1977, wearing a maroon v-necked top with the "Phillies" script name across the chest, as well as the player name and number on the back and a player number on the left sleeve, all in white. Currently, during spring training (except for the 1992 season, when they were still wearing leftover 70-91 inspired gear) the Phillies wear solid red practice jerseys with pinstriped pants for Grapefruit League home games, and solid blue batting practice jerseys with gray pants for away games.

The Phillies are one of six MLB teams that do not display the name of their city, state or region on their road jerseys, joining the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, and, for the 2008 season, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fan support[edit]

Phillies fans have earned a reputation over the years for their generally rowdy behavior. In the 1960s, radio announcers for visiting teams would frequently report on the numerous fights breaking out in Connie Mack Stadium. Immediately after the final game at the old park, many fans ran onto the field or dislodged parts of the ballpark to take home with them. Later, at Veterans Stadium, the notorious 700 Level gained a reputation for its "hostile taunting, fighting, public urination and general strangeness."[13]

Memorable incidents include fans heckling Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher Burt Hooton during Game 3 of the 1977 National League Championship Series; his poor showing has often been attributed to the crowd's taunting. In addition, J.D. Drew, the Phillies' No. 1 overall draft pick in 1997, never signed with the Phillies following a contract dispute with the team. Instead, he re-entered the draft the next year and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Phillies fans were angered over this disrespect and pelted Drew with batteries.[14] Many sports writers have noted the passionate presence of Phillies fans, including Allen Barra, who wrote: "The biggest roar I ever heard out of Philadelphia fans was in 1980 when Tug McGraw, in the victory parade after the World Series, told New York fans they could 'take this championship and shove it.'" [15]

Celebrity fans[edit]

Several celebrities are known for being Phillies fans. Most lived, or once lived, in Philadelphia or its suburbs:[16]

Phan Phavorites[edit]

Many recent Phillies players have had a fan group named "Phan Phavorites". While many role players have had groups, few have endured for more than a short while.

Phillies Phan Clubs
Player Position Phan Club
Current
Pat Burrell outfielder Burrell's Bachelors
Chris Coste catcher The Coste Guard
Tom Gordon pitcher Flash's Followers
Greg Dobbs infielder/outfielder The Dobbs Squad
Cole Hamels pitcher The Cole Train
Ryan Howard first baseman Howard's Homies
Howard's Homers
Ryan's Lions
Jamie Moyer pitcher Moyer's Lawyers
Jimmy Rollins shortstop J-Roll's Bakery
J.C. Romero pitcher Romero's Sombreros
Carlos Ruiz catcher Ruiz' Raisins
Chase Utley second baseman Utley's Uglies
Chase's Chicks
Shane Victorino outfielder The Phlyin' Hawaiians
Former
Terry Adams pitcher The Adams Family
Brandon Duckworth pitcher Duck Pond
Sal Fasano catcher Sal's Pals
Jeremy Giambi first baseman Giambi's Zombies
Kevin Millwood pitcher Millwood's Militia
Vicente Padilla pitcher Padilla Flotilla
Robert Person pitcher Person's People
Curt Schilling pitcher Schil-o-meter
Jim Thome first baseman Thome's Homies
Thome's Targets
Randy Wolf pitcher Wolf Pack

Philadelphia Phillies Achievements[edit]

  • Of the fifteen players who have hit four home runs in one game, three were Phillies at the time (more than any other team):
  1. Ed Delahanty on July 13, 1896 at West Side Park in Chicago.
  2. Chuck Klein on July 10, 1936 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.
  3. Mike Schmidt on April 17, 1976 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Environmental Record[edit]

The Philadelphia Phillies are the first Major League Baseball team to join the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Program which motivates organizations across the world to purchase green power in order to minimize environmental impact. The Phillies announced April 30, 2008 that their home field, Citizens Bank Park, will be powered with 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) or green energy purchased in Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Certificates (RECs). [17] [18] The EPA stated that this purchase holds the record in professional sports for the largest purchase of 100% renewable energy.[19] The Phillies are among the top three purchasers of green power in Philadelphia, and the executive director of the Center for Resource Solutions, Arthor O'Donnell, wants, "other clubs to take their lead." [20] Aramark Corporation is the Phillies food and beverage provider at Citizens Bank Park and they are taking major actions in improving the environmental impact of the Phillies home ball park. Glass, cardboard, plastics, used during game day are going to be recycled. Frying oil is to be recycled to produce bio-diesel fuel, and biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable products, serviceware, and plastics have been introduced.[21]

Season-by-season records[edit]

The records of the Phillies' last five seasons in Major League Baseball are listed below.

Season League Division Finish[a] Wins[b] Losses Win% GB[c] Postseason Awards
Philadelphia Quakers
1883 NL 8th 17 81 .173 46
Philadelphia Quakers/Philadelphia Phillies
1884 NL 6th 39 73 .348 45
1885 NL 3rd 56 54 .509 30
1886 NL 4th 71 43 .623 14
1887[m] NL 2nd 75 48 .610 312
1888 NL 3rd 69 61 .531 1412
1889 NL 4th 63 64 .496 2012
Philadelphia Phillies
1890 NL 3rd 78 54 .591 912
1891 NL 4th 68 69 .496 1812
1892 NL 4th 87 66 .569 1612
1893 NL 4th 72 57 .558 14
1894 NL 4th 71 57 .555 18
1895 NL 3rd 78 53 .595 912
1896 NL 8th 62 68 .477 2812
1897 NL 10th 55 77 .417 38
1898 NL 6th 78 71 .523 24
1899 NL 3rd 94 58 .618 9
1900 NL 3rd 75 63 .543 8
1901 NL 2nd 83 57 .593 712
1902 NL 7th 56 81 .409 46
1903 NL 7th 49 86 .363 3912
1904 NL 8th 52 100 .342 5312
1905 NL 4th 83 69 .546 2112
1906 NL 4th 71 82 .464 4512
1907 NL 3rd 83 64 .565 2112
1908 NL 4th 83 71 .539 16
1909 NL 5th 74 79 .484 3612
1910 NL 4th 78 75 .510 2512
1911 NL 4th 79 73 .520 1912
1912 NL 5th 73 79 .480 3012
1913 NL 2nd 88 63 .583 1212
1914 NL 6th 74 80 .481 2012
1915 NL * 1st 90 62 .592 Lost World Series (Red Sox) 4–1 *
1916 NL 2nd 91 62 .595 212
1917 NL 2nd 87 65 .572 10
1918 NL 6th 55 68 .447 26
1919 NL 8th 47 90 .343 4712
1920 NL 8th 62 91 .405 3012
1921 NL 8th 51 103 .331 4312
1922 NL 7th 57 96 .373 3512
1923 NL 8th 50 104 .325 4512
1924 NL 7th 55 96 .364 37
1925 NL 6th 68 85 .444 27
1926 NL 8th 58 93 .384 2912
1927 NL 8th 51 103 .331 43
1928 NL 8th 43 109 .283 51
1929 NL 5th 71 82 .464 2712
1930 NL 8th 52 102 .338 40
1931 NL 6th 66 88 .429 35
1932 NL 4th 78 76 .506 12 Chuck Klein (MVP)[h][22]
1933 NL 7th 60 92 .395 31 Chuck Klein (NL Triple Crown)
1934 NL 7th 56 93 .376 37
1935 NL 7th 64 89 .418 3512
1936 NL 8th 54 100 .351 38
1937[n] NL 7th 61 92 .399 3412
1938[o] NL 8th 45 105 .300 43
1939 NL 8th 45 106 .298 5012
1940 NL 8th 50 103 .327 50
1941 NL 8th 43 111 .279 57
1942 NL 8th 42 109 .278 6212
1943 NL 7th 64 90 .416 41
1944 NL 8th 61 92 .399 4312
1945 NL 8th 46 108 .299 52
1946 NL 5th 69 85 .448 28
1947 NL 7th 62 92 .403 32
1948 NL 6th 66 88 .429 2512
1949 NL 3rd 81 73 .526 16
1950 NL * 1st 91 63 .591 Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0 * Jim Konstanty (MVP)[22]

Eddie Sawyer (MOY)[g][23]

1951 NL 5th 73 81 .474 2312
1952 NL 4th 87 67 .565 912
1953 NL 3rd 83 71 .539 22
1954 NL 4th 75 79 .487 22
1955 NL 4th 77 77 .500 2112
1956 NL 5th 71 83 .461 22
1957 NL 5th 77 77 .500 18 Jack Sanford (ROY)[i][24]
1958 NL 8th 69 85 .448 23
1959 NL 8th 64 90 .416 23
1960 NL 8th 59 95 .383 36
1961 NL 8th 47 107 .305 46
1962 NL 7th 81 80 .503 20 Gene Mauch (MOY) [25]
1963 NL 4th 87 75 .537 12
1964 NL 2nd 92 70 .568 1 Dick Allen (ROY)[24]

Gene Mauch (MOY) [25]

1965 NL 6th 85 76 .528 1112
1966 NL 4th 87 75 .537 8
1967 NL 5th 82 80 .506 1912
1968 NL 7th 76 86 .469 21
1969 NL East 5th 63 99 .389 37
1970[p] NL East 5th 73 88 .453 1512
1971[q] NL East 6th 67 95 .414 30
1972 NL East 6th 59 97 .378 3712 Steve Carlton (CYA)[f][26]
1973 NL East 6th 71 91 .438 1112
1974 NL East 3rd 80 82 .494 8
1975 NL East 2nd 86 76 .531 612
1976 NL East ^ 1st 101 61 .623 Lost NLCS[e] (Reds) 3–0 Danny Ozark (MOY)[27]
1977 NL East ^ 1st 101 61 .623 Lost NLCS (Dodgers) 3–1 Steve Carlton (CYA)[26]
1978 NL East ^ 1st 90 72 .556 Lost NLCS (Dodgers) 3–1
1979 NL East 4th 84 78 .519 14
1980 NL * East ^ 1st 91 71 .562 Won NLCS (Astros) 3–2
Won World Series (Royals) 4–2 †
Mike Schmidt (MVP,[22] WSMVP)[aa]
Steve Carlton (CYA)[26]
1981 NL East 1st ^ 34 21 .618 Lost NLDS[d] (Expos) 3–2 Mike Schmidt (MVP)[22]
3rd 25 27 .481 412
1982 NL East 2nd 89 73 .549 3 Steve Carlton (CYA)[26]
1983 NL * East ^ 1st 90 72 .556 Won NLCS (Dodgers) 3–1
Lost World Series (Orioles) 4–1 *
John Denny (CYA)[26]
1984 NL East 4th 81 81 .500 1512
1985 NL East 5th 75 87 .463 26
1986 NL East 2nd 86 75 .534 2112 Mike Schmidt (MVP)[22]
1987 NL East 5th 80 82 .494 15 Steve Bedrosian (CYA)[26]
1988 NL East 6th 65 96 .404 3512
1989 NL East 6th 67 95 .414 26
1990 NL East 4th 77 85 .475 18
1991 NL East 3rd 78 84 .481 20
1992 NL East 6th 70 92 .432 26
1993 NL * East ^ 1st 97 65 .599 Won NLCS (Braves) 4–2
Lost World Series (Blue Jays) 4–2 *
1994 NL East 4th 54 61 .470 2012
1995 NL East 3rd 69 75 .479 21
1996 NL East 5th 67 95 .414 29
1997 NL East 5th 68 94 .420 33 Scott Rolen (ROY)[24]
1998 NL East 3rd 75 87 .463 31
1999 NL East 3rd 77 85 .475 26
2000 NL East 5th 65 97 .401 30
2001 NL East 2nd 86 76 .531 2 Larry Bowa (MOY)[27]
2002 NL East 3rd 80 81 .497 2112
2003[r] NL East 3rd 86 76 .531 15
2004[s] NL East 2nd 86 76 .531 10
2005 NL East 2nd 88 74 .543 2 Ryan Howard (ROY)[24]
2006 NL East 2nd 85 77 .525 12 Ryan Howard (MVP)[22]
2007 NL East ^ 1st 89 73 .549 Lost NLDS (Rockies) 3–0 Jimmy Rollins (MVP)[22]
2008 NL * East ^ 1st 92 70 .568 Won NLDS (Brewers) 3–1
Won NLCS (Dodgers) 4–1
Won World Series (Rays) 4–1 †
Cole Hamels (WSMVP)[aa]
2009 NL * East ^ 1st 93 69 .574 Won NLDS (Rockies) 3–1
Won NLCS (Dodgers) 4–1
Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–2 *
J.A. Happ (ROY)[28]
2010 NL East ^ 1st 97 65 .599 Won NLDS (Reds) 3–0
Lost NLCS (Giants) 4–2
Roy Halladay (CYA)[26]
2011 NL East ^ 1st 102 60 .630 Lost NLDS (Cardinals) 3–2
2012 NL East 3rd 81 81 .500 17
2013 NL East 4th 73 89 .451 23
2014 NL East 5th 73 89 .451 23
2015 NL East 5th 63 99 .389 27
2016 NL East 4th 71 91 .438 24

Record by decade[edit]

The following table describes the Phillies' MLB win–loss record by decade.

Decade Wins Losses Ties Pct
1880s 468 477 20 0.495
1890s 740 639 21 0.536
1900s 712 764 20 0.483
1910s 746 733 16 0.504
1920s 556 973 8 0.364
1930s 579 944 8 0.381
1940s 625 911 11 0.408
1950s 735 805 5 0.477
1960s 773 836 2 0.480
1970s 830 784 1 0.514
1980s 769 794 3 0.492
1990s 720 835 0 0.463
2000s 882 737 0 0.525
2010s 463 509 0 0.476
All-time 9598 10741 115 0.471

These statistics are from Baseball-Reference.com's Philadelphia Phillies History & Encyclopedia,[29] and are current as of October 18, 2016.

All-time records[edit]


Hall of Famers[edit]

Phillies MVPs[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

  • 1 Richie Ashburn, OF 1948-1959 (later served as Phillies broadcaster from 1963 to 1997).
  • 14 Jim Bunning, P, 1964-1967, 1970-1971
  • 20 Mike Schmidt, 3B, 1972-1989
  • 32 Steve Carlton, P, 1972-1986
  • 36 Robin Roberts, P, 1948-1961
  • 42 Jackie Robinson, retired throughout all Major League Baseball
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander, P, 1911-1917 & 1930 (On the retired numbers wall at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies use a serif block letter "P" because he played before the team started wearing uniform numbers in 1932.)
  • Chuck Klein, RF, 1928-1933, 1936-1939, 1940-1944; Coach, 1942-1945 (Klein wore several numbers with Phillies when they introduced numbers in 1932. He wore the number 3 more than the others. He is still acknowledged with an Old English letter "P" like Alexander.)

Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame[edit]

From 1978 to 2003, the Phillies inducted one former Phillie and one former member of the Philadelphia Athletics per year. Since 2004 they have inducted one Phillie annually. Players must be retired and must have played at least four years with the Phillies or Athletics.

Roberts, Ashburn, Alexander, Schmidt, Carlton and broadcaster Harry Kalas have also been elected to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

Current roster[edit]

Philadelphia Phillies roster
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Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


25 active, 15 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 10-day disabled list
dagger Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated August 20, 2017
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All MLB rosters

Promotions over the years[edit]

Minor league affiliations[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

As of 2008, the Phillies' flagship radio station is WPHT, 1210 AM. The Phillies' television stations are Comcast SportsNet and WPSG channel 57, now known as "The CW Philly," with one game (the season opener) to be telecast on KYW-TV (CBS 3) and some early season games telecast on CN8 when there are conflicts on CSN with 76ers and Flyers games. CSN produces the games shown on the above-mentioned stations. Harry Kalas calls play-by-play in innings 1-3 and 7-9 on TV and the fourth inning on the radio. Scott Franzke provides play-by-play on the radio (except for the fourth), with Larry Andersen as the color man. Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews both provide color commentary on TV, with Tom McCarthy calling play-by-play in innings 4-6. Spanish broadcasts are on WUBA, 1480 AM with Danny Martinez on play-by-play and Bill Kulik and Juan Ramos on color commentary.

Phillies radio broadcasts are perhaps best known for their broadcasters use of the phrase, "Put this one in the win column for the fighting Phils," which is said consistently when the Phillies close out the third out in the ninth inning during a winning game. The phrase was started by former Phillies' broadcaster Scott Graham and has grown to be among the most recognizable sports broadcast comments in all of professional sports.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/clog/category/the-sporting-life/the-phightins/ The Phightin Phils Clog - Philadelphia City Paper
  2. ^ http://philliesphorum.mlblogs.com/ Phightin' Phils Phorum - MLBlogs.com
  3. ^ http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=19165
  4. ^ http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070930&content_id=2242264&vkey=news_phi&fext=.jsp&c_id=phi
  5. ^ http://www.meetthephillies.com/
  6. ^ a b http://www.sabr.org/cmsFiles/Files/Bill_Veeck_and_the_1943_sale_of_the_Phillies.pdf
  7. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: News: Phillies solidify hot corner with Feliz
  8. ^ The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Phillies, Mets, Braves to go back at it
  9. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame - Dressed to the Nines - Uniform Database
  10. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: Official Info: Phillies unveil new alternate home uniforms
  11. ^ National Baseball Hall of Fame - Dressed to the Nines - Uniform Database
  12. ^ "Baseball almanac entry on baseball uniforms". baseball-almanac.com. 
  13. ^ Longman, Jere (2006). If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?. Harpercollins. ISBN 9780060843731. 
  14. ^ "'They were throwing batteries'". CNN Sports Illustrated. August 11, 1999. Retrieved 2007-03-08.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ "Philly fans to Sixers: Boo!". salon.com. 
  16. ^ Philadelphia Phillies at Answers.com.
  17. ^ Phils to lead clean energy movement by Andy Jasner a special to MLB.com 30 April 2008 retrieved 30 April 2008
  18. ^ Philadelphia Phillies knock it out of the park with green power Evironmental Protection Agency homepage 04/30/08 retrieved April 30, 2008
  19. ^ Phils to lead clean energy movement by Andy Jasner a special to MLB.com 30 April 2008 retrieved 30 April 2008
  20. ^ [1] Phillies fans of green energy. Philadelphia Business Journal by John George 30 April 08. Retrieved on 30 April 08
  21. ^ [2] Phillies fans of green energy. Philadelphia Business Journal by John George 30 April 08. Retrieved on 30 April 08
  22. ^ a b c d e f g "Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player winners". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  23. ^ "Eddie Sawyer Honored in Baseball Vote". https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7tIKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=BlADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6370,6584502&dq=phillies+yankees&hl=en Prescott Evening Courier. 1950-11-08. p. Section 2, Page 1.}
  24. ^ a b c d "History: MLB Awards". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  25. ^ a b http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_mgy2.shtml.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ a b c d e f g "Major League Baseball Cy Young Award winners". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  27. ^ a b "Major League Baseball Manager of the Year winners". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  28. ^ Go to 2009 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "Rookie" for results and video. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  29. ^ name="bbref"/>"Philadelphia Phillies Team History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 

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