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10 Greatest Moments in Philadelphia Phillies Franchise History by VictoriaBird

The Phillies, of course, are the losingest team in major league history. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city team in all of professional American sports, dating to 1883. They became a member of the National League at that time and won only two pennants in their first 97 seasons. In between, the Phillies went on one of the most sustained runs of futility in professional sports history: From 1918 through 1948, the Phillies had 30 losing seasons in 31 years.

Searching for some of the greatest moments in the history of Philadelphia Phillies ? Well, you are lucky. Along with 128 yeas of existence, the Philadelphia Phillies have been crafting some of the game’s most unforgettable moments since their inception in 1883.

Although times have not always been great for the Phillies’ franchise, when they have been, they’ve been unforgettable. From Brad Lidge dropping to his knees to celebrate the 2008 World Series win to Tug McGraw going skyward to celebrate his club’s glory, the Phillies have tasted victory along with defeat.

It has been the struggle of this team that have made those moments remarkable. With more than 10, 000 losses, who can say that they’ve suffered more difficulty? The fans that have stuck with this team through the thick and thin have been rewarded in recent years, and with one of the highest payrolls and greatest ballparks in all of baseball, the days of the “small market” Phillies are long gone.

So as the team expects for making fresh memories in the future, let us look to the past to find out where this franchise has come from: The top 10 greatest times in team history.

10. Phillies Acquire Steve Carlton

When the Phillies obtained Steve Carlton prior to the 1972 season, it became a remarkable time on a few different fronts. First and foremost, the Phillies were moving their ace to get him. Rick Wise had spent a couple great seasons with the Phils, including the one that featured that memorable two home run no-hitter against the Reds, and while Carlton’s upside was tremendously higher, there was some risk involved.

With either the Cardinals or Phillies able to agree to contracts with their respective pitchers, they decided to swap them, and the Phillies landed Carlton, who would end up being the greatest pitcher this team has ever experienced.

Lefty took home four Cy Young Awards as a member of the Phils, led the team to two World Series (one win), and was named to the All Star team seven times. It’s not often you look back and forget the day you acquired one of the greatest starting pitchers of all-time.

9. Roy Halladay Throws Perfect Game

When the Phillies acquired Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays, they knew they were getting arguably one of the best pitcher in all of baseball. There was a high expectation that he would pitch better in the National League East than he performed in the American League East, and whoever though that can pat themselves on the back, because they were correct.

In May of 2010, Halladay pitched the greatest game of his career, simply because he couldn’t be any better. He was excellent. On a hot summer’s day in Florida, Halladay pitched nine perfect innings to beat the Marlins, as the Phillies celebrated around their ace.

Not even the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals could create a more memorable moment that this, but was it even the most memorable Phillies’ perfect game of all time?

8. Jim Bunning Tosses Perfect Game on Fathers’ Day

Several years before Roy Halladay was great on the road, Jim Bunning had already accomplished that feat. The Phillies were squaring off against the Mets for a Fathers’ Day double-header, and had their ace, Bunning, on the mound to get the festivities started. Like Halladay in the future, Bunning couldn’t be any more perfect on that day. He pitched nine perfect frames against the Mets to give the Phillies their first perfect game in the history of the franchise. The fact that the game was on Fathers’ Day makes it that much more of a great memory.

7. The Phillies Are 2008 National League Champions

Phillies had waited for years for a return trip to the World Series after Joe Carter left that bitter taste in their mouths in 1993, and after beating the Milwaukee Brewers and the Dodgers, that’s exactly where they were heading.

A powerhouse offensive team led by the likes of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies could do a lot of damage with some timely pitching, and they were getting that. Young lefty Cole Hamels would get undefeated in the postseason en route to becoming the NLCS and World Series MVP, and pitchers like Brad Lidge, Jamie Moyer, and Brett Myers would play big roles in the Phils capturing the National League pennant.

6. Dick Sisler’s Pennant-Clinching Home Run

As remarkable as the 1950 pennant was for the Phillies, it almost never happened. Dick Sisler has been an excellent player during the period of his career, but he will always be remembered for hitting the most clutch home runs in the history of baseball.

The 1950 season had come down to its final day, and the Whiz Kids were still not bound for the World Series. In fact, they had another game remaining to play against the Brooklyn Dodgers, and it was do-or-die. The Phillies started their ace, Robin Roberts, and he kept the game close throughout, setting the stage for late-inning heroics.

With the season on the line (the Phillies and Dodgers would have had to play a three game playoff series should the Phils have lost this game), Sisler mashed an opposite field, three-run home run to down the Dodgers, and the Phillies were going to the World Series!

5. Phils Capture Their First Pennant

By 1915, the Phillies had battled through years of mediocrity and through the regular season, had positioned themselves for a chance to win the National League pennant. With the powerful Gavvy Cravath anchoring the offense and the unstoppable force that was Pete Alexander on the mound, they had a serious chance to do more than just win the pennant, that they did, but also capture the World Series trophy.

Ultimately, that never happened. The Phils squared off with the Boston Red Sox in the World Series in 1915, but there was not much offensive support to speak of. The Phillies won the first game of the series, started by Alexander, but dropped the next four, and their chance at a title for a long, long time.

4. Roy Halladay’s Postseason No-Hitter

The Phillies acquired Roy Halladay for one reason-to win the World Series.

After showing up in the World Series in two straight seasons, that is a lofty expectation for a man who has never pitched in the postseason, but Halladay assured the Phillies that he was ready, and he would get the opportunity to show the world just how long he’d been waiting to pitch in the postseason when the Phillies hosted the Reds for Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS.

He had his greatest “stuff” from inning one. Outside of a measly walk, not a single member of the Reds’ club could reach base against Halladay that day, as he tossed his second no-hitter of the season, this one in the postseason-just the second time in the history of baseball that a pitcher was able to accomplish the feat, with Halladay getting the first to do so since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series.

3. Perseverance: Phillies Capture 1980 NL Pennant

After being denied their possibility at a World Series title in each of the three seasons from 1976-78 and missing the postseason entirely in 1979, the Phillies were hungrier than ever before for their shot at glory when the 1980 season began, and their play proved that.

Behind their ace and one of the greatest pitchers ever, Steve Carlton, who would go on to win 24 games and a Cy Young Award during the regular season, their slugging third baseman and arguably the best third baseman of all time, Mike Schmidt, baseball’s eventual hit-king, Pete Rose, and a number of other players who contributed to the cause, the Phillies won 91 games throughout the regular season.

They squared off against the Astros throughout the NLCS, and finally, were going back to the World Series after the most entertaining postseason series ever. Now, merely the Kansas City Royals stood between the Phillies and baseball immortality.

2. World Champions!

The Phillies’ 2008 postseason to-do list consisted of the following three tasks: defeat the Brewers, defeat the Dodgers, and finally, defeat the Rays.

The first two goals had been checked off quite simply, as either the Brewers or the Dodgers stood much of an opportunity against the Phillies. Behind an unstoppable Cole Hamels and one of the league’s most potent offenses, the only team left standing against the Phils was the American League’s Cinderella team.

The Phillies kicked the series off on the right foot by winning the first game, but ultimately, split the series with the Rays. Now, they headed back to Philadelphia, where the club could win the World Series at home, in front of fans that had waited nearly three decades to witness another World Series title.

They did just that.

Along with Eric Hinske in the batter’s box and two outs in Game 5, Brad Lidge needed to throw one more slider to stay perfect for the 2008 season and bring the trophy back to the City of Brotherly Love, and he did it. As Harry Kalas would say, “The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008, World Champions of baseball!â€

1. Finally!

Nearly a century in the game and, in 1980, the Phillies’ franchise still did not have a World Series title. They had come closer a couple of times, but were unable to bring the trophy home. The 1980 World Series just had a different kind of feel to it. The way the Phillies were able to rally against Nolan Ryan and down the Astros, in their own ballpark-that wasn’t supposed to happen.

The Phillies weren’t supposed to win the World Series. It just wasn’t in the cards.

Now that they had gotten there, however, they were the authors of their own fate. Just a couple more starts from Steve Carlton and a few more saves from Tug McGraw. Just a little more sparks from Pete Rose, and a little more power from Mike Schmidt. That’s all that stood between the Phillies and baseball greatness.

The Royals stood no chance.

Even after they evened the series at two games apiece, there was no give-in from the Phillies. The hardship they had endured to get to this series was too much to let it slip by now, and in two more games, they were World Champions. Finally.

Mcgraw put it best by saying simply this, “Ya gotta believe!”

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  1. Posted October 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    AL I expect ehietr the Rays or Yankees to play in the World Series, and ehietr way, I hope the NL wins.NL This is currently a 4-team race, with only 3 of them actually reaching the playoffs. Braves, Giants, Padres, and Phillies take your pick. I don’t care as long as one of the following 2 things happens:1. I’m wrong about the AL2. the team out of these who represents the NL wins the World Series

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