About the Philadelphia Phillies

By | Mar 5, 2010

In 1883 with the disbanding of the National League baseball club in Worcester Massachusetts, the Philadelphia Quakers were established. They soon adopted the nickname Phillies. They may have played until 1890 under both names, but definitely stopped using the name Quakers by then.

The Phillies are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in American professional sports. They have however used alternate nicknames throughout its history.

The Phillies had held record for the longest World Series championship drought in baseball at 97 years (1883-1980). The Chicago Cubs broke this record in 2005, which last won in 1908.

One of the most disappointing as well as one of the biggest collapses in baseball history came upon the Phillies in 1964. With 12 games remaining in the season they held a 6.5 game lead on the Cincinnati Reds. They endured a 10 game losing streak and ended the season in a tie for second place a game behind the pennant winning Cardinals.

The Phillies on July 15, 2007 recorded their 10,000th team loss. The the most losses by a professional team in sports history. Even with this they did the playoffs that year and again in 2008 and 2009, making the World Series in both of those years. They won the World championship in 2008 however they were not able to repeat since they lost to the New York Yankees in 2009.

The Phillies have retired the uniform numbers; 1-Richie Ashburn, 14-Jim Bunning, 20-Mike Schmidt, 32-Steve Carlton, 36-Robin Roberts. They have also honored Grover Cleveland Alexander who played prior using uniform numbers and Chuck Klein, who wore several different numbers with the Phillies.


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1 Comment so far
  1. M.Long March 6, 2010 3:30 pm

    Interesting facts! Hoping for a great season this year.

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