World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies
2015 Philadelphia Phillies season
Established 1883
Team logo Cap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired numbers 1 · 14 · 20 · 32 · 36 · 42 · P · P
  • Red, white, blue


  • Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present)
Other nicknames
  • Phils, The Fightin' (or Phightin') Phils, The Fightin's (or Phightin's)
Major league titles
World Series titles (2) 2008 · 1980
NL Pennants (7) 2009 · 2008 · 1993 · 1983 · 1980 · 1950 ·
East Division titles (11) 2011 · 2010 · 2009 · 2008 · 2007 · 1993 · 1983 · 1980 · 1978 · 1977 · 1976
Wild card berths (0)
Front office
Owner(s) David Montgomery (baseball) (managing partner),
Giles Limited Partnership (Bill Giles),
Tri-Play Associates (William C. Buck),
Double Play Inc. (John S. Middleton)[2]
Manager Ryne Sandberg
General Manager Rubén Amaro, Jr.

The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating to 1883.[3] The Phillies are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League (NL). Since 2004, the team's home has been Citizens Bank Park which is located in South Philadelphia.

The Phillies have won two World Series championships (against Kansas City in 1980 and Tampa Bay in 2008) and seven National League pennants, the first of which came in 1915. The franchise has also experienced long periods of struggle. Since the first modern World Series was played in 1903, the Phillies played 77 consecutive seasons (and 97 seasons from the club's establishment) to win their first World Series—longer than any other of the 16 teams that made up the major leagues for the first half of the 20th century. The 77 season drought is the fourth longest World Series drought in Major League Baseball history. The longevity of the franchise and its history of adversity have earned it the dubious distinction of having lost the most games of any team in the history of American professional sports.[4] Notwithstanding the collectively poor performance over the years, the Phillies have performed much better in recent seasons, winning five consecutive division titles from 2007 through 2011.

The franchise was founded in Philadelphia in 1883, replacing the team from Worcester, Massachusetts in the National League. The team has played at several stadiums in the city, beginning with Recreation Park and continuing at Baker Bowl; Shibe Park, which was later renamed Connie Mack Stadium in honor of the longtime Philadelphia Athletics manager; Veterans Stadium; and now Citizens Bank Park.

The team's spring training facilities are located in Clearwater, Florida, where its Class-A minor league affiliate Clearwater Threshers plays at Bright House Field. Its Double-A affiliate is the Reading Fightin Phils, which plays in Reading, Pennsylvania, and its Triple-A affiliate is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, which plays in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


  • History 1
    • Early history 1.1
    • Cox, Carpenter, and the "Whiz Kids" era 1.2
    • From lows to highs 1.3
    • Recent history 1.4
  • Team uniform 2
    • Current uniform 2.1
    • Batting practice 2.2
    • Former uniforms 2.3
    • Controversial uniform changes 2.4
  • Rivalries 3
    • New York Mets 3.1
    • Historical rivalries 3.2
      • City Series: Philadelphia Athletics 3.2.1
      • Pittsburgh Pirates 3.2.2
  • Achievements 4
    • Awards 4.1
    • Team captains 4.2
    • Wall of Fame 4.3
      • Centennial Team 4.3.1
    • Hall of Famers 4.4
    • Ford C. Frick Award recipients 4.5
    • Retired numbers 4.6
  • Community 5
    • Charitable contributions 5.1
    • Fan support 5.2
  • Season-by-season records 6
  • Current roster 7
  • Team managers 8
  • Minor league affiliations 9
  • Radio and television 10
  • See also 11
  • Footnotes 12
    • 12.1 Article
    • Retired numbers 12.2
    • Season records 12.3
    • Team managers 12.4
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Early history

After being founded in 1883 as the "Quakers", the team changed its name to the "Philadelphias", after the convention of the times. This was soon shortened to "Phillies".[5] "Quakers" continued to be used interchangeably with "Phillies" from 1883 until 1890, when the team officially became known as the "Phillies". Though the Phillies moved into a permanent home at Baker Bowl in 1887,[3] they did not win their first pennant until nearly 30 years later, after the likes of standout players Billy Hamilton, Sam Thompson, and Ed Delahanty had departed. Player defections to the newly formed American League, especially to the cross-town Athletics, would cost the team dearly over the next several years. A bright spot came in 1915, when the Phillies won their first pennant, thanks to the pitching of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the batting prowess of Gavvy Cravath, who set what was then the modern major-league single-season record for home runs with 24.[6] Poor fiscal management after their appearance in the 1915 World Series, however, doomed the Phillies to sink back into relative obscurity; from 1918 to 1948 they only had one winning season. Though Chuck Klein won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1932 and the National League Triple Crown in 1933, the team continued to flounder at the bottom of the standings for years.[7]

Cox, Carpenter, and the "Whiz Kids" era

After lumber baron William B. Cox purchased the team in 1943, the Phillies began a rapid rise to prominence in the National League, as the team rose out of the standings cellar for the first time in five years. As a result, the fan base and attendance at home games increased. But it soon became clear that not all was right in Cox's front office. Eventually, it was revealed by Cox that he had been betting on the Phillies and he was banned from baseball. The new owner, Bob Carpenter, Jr., scion of the Delaware-based DuPont family, tried to polish the team's image by unofficially changing its name to the "Bluejays". However, the new moniker did not take, and it was quietly dropped by 1949.[8]

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

Instead, Carpenter turned his attention to the minor league affiliates, continuing an effort begun by Cox a year earlier; prior to Cox's ownership, the Phillies had paid almost no attention to player development. This led to the advent of 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.[9] Their 1950 season was highlighted by a last-day, pennant-clinching home run by Dick Sisler to lead the Phillies over the Dodgers and into the World Series.[10] Comparatively, the Athletics finished last in 1950 and longtime Manager Connie Mack retired. The A's would struggle on for four more years with only one winning team, and then abandon Philadelphia (under the Johnson brothers, who bought out Mack) and start play in Kansas City in 1955.[11]

From lows to highs

The Phillies sank back to mediocrity during the mid-1950s after the departure of the "Whiz Kids", their competitive futility culminating in a record that still stands: in 1961, the Phillies lost 23 games in a row (a record since 1900). But from this nadir bright spots began to appear. Though Ashburn and Roberts were gone, younger pitchers Art Mahaffey, Chris Short, and rookie Ray Culp; veterans Jim Bunning and screwballer Jack Baldschun; and fan favorites Cookie Rojas, Johnny Callison, and NL Rookie of the Year Richie Allen brought the team within a hairsbreadth of the World Series in 1964 after strong showings in 1962 and 1963. However, the Phillies squandered a six-and-a-half-game lead during the final weeks of the season that year, losing 10 games in a row with 12 games remaining and losing the pennant by one game to the St. Louis Cardinals. The "Phold of '64" is among the most notable collapses in sports history.[12] One highlight of the season occurred on Father's Day, when Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets, the first in Phillies history.

At the end of the decade, in October 1970, the Phillies played their final game in Connie Mack Stadium and prepared to move into newly built Veterans Stadium, wearing new maroon uniforms to accentuate the change. While some members of the team performed admirably during the 1970s, the Phillies still clung to their position at the bottom of the National League standings. Ten years after "the Phold", they suffered another minor collapse in August and September 1974, missing out on the playoffs yet again. But the futility would not last much longer. After a run of three straight division titles from 1976 to 1978,[13] the Phillies won the NL East in 1980 behind pitcher Steve Carlton, outfielder Greg Luzinski, and infielders Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, and Pete Rose. In a memorable NLCS, with four of the five games going into extra innings, they fell behind 2–1 but battled back to squeeze past the Houston Astros on a tenth-inning, game-winning hit by center fielder Garry Maddox, and the city celebrated its first pennant in 30 years.[14]

Facing the Kansas City Royals in the 1980 World Series, the Phillies won their first World Series championship ever in six games thanks to the timely hitting of Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose. Schmidt, who was the National League MVP that 1980 season, also won the World Series MVP award on the strength of his 8-for-21 hitting (.381 average), including game-winning hits in Game 2 and the clinching Game 6. This sixth, final game was also significant because it remains "the most-watched game in World Series history" with a television audience of 54.9 million viewers.[15]

Thus, the Phillies became the last of the 16 teams that made up the major leagues from 1901 to 1961 to win a World Series.[16] The Phillies made the playoffs twice more in the 1980s[17] after their Series win, in 1981 and 1983, where they lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series, but they would soon follow these near-misses with a rapid drop back into the basement of the National League.[14] The 1992 season, for example, would end with the Phillies in last place in the National League East. But their fortunes were about to change.

Recent history

This marker in the Citizens Bank Park parking lot commemorates Veterans Stadium, the Phillies' home from 1971 to 2003.

The 1993 Phillies started the season by going 17–5 in April and finishing with a 97–65 season. The Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves in the 1993 National League Championship Series, four games to two, to earn the fifth pennant in franchise history, only to be defeated by the defending league champion Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series.[18] Toronto's Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run in Game 6 to clinch another Phillies loss.[19] The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike was a blow to the Phillies' attendance and on-field success, as was the arrival of the Braves in the division due to league realignment. Several stars came through Philadelphia, though few would stay, and the minor league system continued to develop its young prospects, who would soon rise to Phillies fame.

In 2001, the Phillies had their first winning season in eight years under new manager Larry Bowa, and their season record would not dip below .500 again from the 2003 season onward.[20] In 2004, the Phillies moved to their new home, Citizens Bank Park,[21] across the street from the Vet.

Charlie Manuel took over the reins of the club from Bowa after the 2004 season, and general manager Ed Wade was replaced by Pat Gillick in November 2005. Gillick reshaped the club as his own, sending stars away in trades and allowing the Phillies' young core to develop. After the franchise lost its 10,000th game in 2007,[4] its core of young players, including infielders Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jimmy Rollins and pitcher Cole Hamels, responded by winning the National League East division title, but they were swept by the Colorado Rockies in the Division Series.[22] After the 2007 season, they acquired closer Brad Lidge.

The Phillies logo as it illuminated the Cira Centre in October 2008

In 2008, the Phillies clinched their second straight division title[23] and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the Division Series to record the franchise's first post-season victory since winning the 1993 NLCS. Behind strong pitching from the rotation and stellar offensive production from virtually all members of the starting lineup, the Phillies won the 2008 National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers; Hamels was named the series' Most Valuable Player. The Phillies would then go on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in 5 games for their second World Series title in their 126-year history. Hamels was named both NLCS MVP as well as World Series MVP after going 4–0 in the postseason that year.

General manager Rubén Amaro, Jr.

Gillick retired as general manager after the 2008 season and was succeeded by one of his assistants,

Awards and achievements
Preceded by

Pittsburgh Pirates 1979
Boston Red Sox 2007
World Series Champions
Philadelphia Phillies

Succeeded by

Los Angeles Dodgers 1981
New York Yankees 2009
Preceded by

Boston Braves 1914
Brooklyn Dodgers 1949
Pittsburgh Pirates 1979
St. Louis Cardinals 1982
Atlanta Braves 1992
Colorado Rockies 2007
National League Champions
Philadelphia Phillies

2008 and 2009
Succeeded by

Brooklyn Dodgers 1916
Brooklyn Dodgers 1951
Los Angeles Dodgers 1981
San Diego Padres 1984
Atlanta Braves 1995
San Francisco Giants 2010
Preceded by

Pittsburgh Pirates 1975
Pittsburgh Pirates 1979
St. Louis Cardinals 1982
Pittsburgh Pirates 1992
New York Mets 2006
National League East Division Champions
Philadelphia Phillies

1976, 1977 and 1978
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Succeeded by

Pittsburgh Pirates 1979
Montreal Expos 1981
Chicago Cubs 1984
Atlanta Braves 1995
Washington Nationals 2012
Preceded by
Seattle Mariners
Last MLB team to pitch a team no hitter
September 1st, 2014
Succeeded by
  • Philadelphia Phillies official web site

External links

  1. ^ "Jays Are Blasted For Lifting Johns Hopkins' Nickname", UP report in Fresno Bee, March 9, 1944, p21
  2. ^ Zolecki, Todd (October 26, 2010). "Phils limited partner 'Whip' Buck passes away". Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "History: Phillies Timeline (1800s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Fastenau, Stephen (July 15, 2007). "Phils handed 10,000th loss". MLB. Retrieved June 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ Purdy, Dennis (2006). The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. New York City:  
  6. ^ "History: Phillies Timeline (1910s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  7. ^ "History: Phillies Timeline (1930s)". Phillies. september 1st 2014 the Phillies Pitched a combined no-hitter against the Atlanta braves the pitchers included Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon, which conpleted a 7-0 shut for the Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ "History: Phillies Timeline (1940s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 4, 2008. 
  9. ^ "History: Phillies Timeline (1950s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 4, 2008. 
  10. ^ Goldstein, Richard (November 23, 1998). "Dick Sisler, 78, Whose Homer Won '50 Pennant for Phillies". New York times. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Frank (April 9, 2006). "Philadelphia Athletics". Retrieved June 4, 2008. 
  12. ^ "History: Phillies Timeline (1960s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  13. ^ "History: Phillies Timeline (1970s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  14. ^ a b "History: Phillies Timeline (1980s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  15. ^ Sandomir, Richard (18 October 2014). "Baseball World Series: Postseason Vanishing From Broadcast Networks". The New York Times. CLXIV (56,657): D4. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Postseason Index". Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  17. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, Frank (June 26, 2011). "Golden era for Phila. baseball?: Yes, it is. But the city also had three others". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia media Network. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ "History: Phillies Timeline (1990s)". Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  19. ^ "1993 World Series (1990s)". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  20. ^ "History: Phillies Year-by-Year Results". Phillies. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Citizens Bank Park". Citizens Bank. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  22. ^ Shpigel, Ben (October 7, 2007). "Rockies Sweep Phillies to Keep Up Memorable Run". New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  23. ^ Cherry, Gene; Ed Osmond (September 28, 2008). "Phillies claim NL East but wildcard spot up for grabs". Reuters. Retrieved September 28, 2008. 
  24. ^ Salisbury, Jim (December 7, 2009). "Organization Of The Year: Philadelphia Phillies / Philadelphia completes an amazing turnaround". Baseball America, Inc. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Phillies acquire Halladay". December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  26. ^ Mayo, Jonathan and Winston, Lisa (December 16, 2009). "Seven prospects involved in blockbuster". Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  27. ^ Bastian, Jordan (May 11, 2010). "Jays' set vs. Phillies moved to Philadelphia". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  28. ^ Zolecki, Todd; Schonbrun, Zach (June 25, 2010). "Howard is first DH at Citizens Bank Park". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  29. ^ Westcott, Rich (October 1, 2010). "The best Phillies of all time". Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  30. ^ By 'Duk (April 20, 2011). "Phillies' injury plague sends Ryan Howard to the 15-day DL – Big League Stew – MLB Blog – Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  31. ^ Ed Price %BloggerTitle% (August 17, 2010). "Phillies Activate Chase Utley from DL". Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Jimmy Rollins goes on 15-day DL with calf injury". USA Today. April 14, 2010. 
  33. ^ Wed, Apr 1810:15 PM ET (February 4, 2003). "Shane Victorino Stats, News, Pictures, Bio, Videos – Philadelphia Phillies". ESPN. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  34. ^ Wed, Apr 1810:15 PM ET. "Carlos Ruiz Stats, News, Pictures, Bio, Videos – Philadelphia Phillies". ESPN. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Regular Season Standings | Standings". Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Phillies Clinch Fourth Consecutive Division Title". September 27, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  37. ^ a b "Philadelphia Phillies 2011 Schedule – Phillies Home and Away". ESPN. January 2, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  38. ^ Zolecki, Todd (September 27, 2010). "Phour! Phils' NL East dominance continues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 28, 2010. 
  39. ^ "Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Recap". ESPN. October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  40. ^ "Phillies clinch 5th straight NL East title after Roy Oswalt handles Cards". ESPN. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  41. ^ Brookover, Bob (September 29, 2011). "Marathon Milestones: Manuel, Phillies Break Team Records". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A1. 
  42. ^ "2013 Philadelphia Phillies". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  43. ^ Uniforms and Logos. Philadelphia Phillies official website. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  44. ^ Vitez, Michael (August 29, 2011). "Baseball and socks appeal".  
  45. ^ a b Okkonen, Mark. "Dressed to the Nines: Uniform Database". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 10, 2008. 
  46. ^ Okkonen, Mark. "Dressed to the Nines: Uniform Database". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 15, 2009. 
  47. ^ Zenz, Jay. "Phillies unveil alternate uniforms". Retrieved June 10, 2008. 
  48. ^ Okkonen, Mark. "Dressed to the Nines: Uniform Database (1979)". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  49. ^ Lukas, Paul (August 23, 2007). "Uni Watch: One and done". Uni Watch. ESPN. Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  50. ^ "Box Score of Game played on Saturday, May 19, 1979, at Veteran's Stadium". Retrieved October 13, 2009. 
  51. ^ "Baseball almanac entry on baseball uniforms". Retrieved June 6, 2008. 
  52. ^ Okkonen, Mark. "Dressed to the Nines: Uniform Database (1994)". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  53. ^ "Phils Resolve Blue-cap Crisis With An Agreement: Hats Off On Sundays". 1994-05-01. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  54. ^ "Phils Shake Off Blues, Beat Marlins Danny Jackson Pitched Eight Solid Innings For His 10th Victory. Pratt Tripled In Subbing For Daulton". 1994-06-30. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  55. ^ Bondy, Filip (April 11, 2008). "Mets-Phillies rivalry looking like what Mets-Braves used to be". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 15, 2009. 
  56. ^ Westcott, Rich (2010). Philadelphia Phillies Past & Present. MVP Books. p. 10.  
  57. ^ Bondy, Filip (May 24, 2006). "Despite long game, rivalry long way off". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  58. ^ Radano, Mike (September 17, 2011). "High Phive: Phils clinch fifth straight East title". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  59. ^ Gordon, Robert; Burgoyne, Tom (2004). Movin' on Up: Baseball and Phialdephia Then, Now, and Always. B B& A Publishers. p. 128.  
  60. ^ Woolsey, Matt (April 28, 2009). "In Depth: Baseball's Most Intense Rivalries". Forbes. 
  61. ^ Collier, Gene (July 4, 2005). "Pirates—Phillies: A Rivalry Lost and Missed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. D1. 
  62. ^ a b Von Benko, George (July 7, 2005). "Notes: Phils–Pirates rivalry fading". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  63. ^ a b Hagen, Paul (April 4, 2012). "Pirates hope to get to where Phillies are". Major League Baseball. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  64. ^ "Pirates perform rare three-peat feat 4–2". USA Today. September 28, 1992. p. 5C. 
  65. ^ Collier, Gene (September 27, 1993). "Pirates, Phillies Have Owned the Outgoing NL East Division". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. D1. 
  66. ^ a b "It's Philly vs. the Burgh". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 11, 2008. p. B1. 
  67. ^ "Flyers, Penguins renew nasty playoff rivalry". Associated Press. April 14, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  68. ^ a b Baseball Reference Awards – MVP & CYA Accessed May 30, 2008.
  69. ^ Baseball Reference Awards – ROY Accessed May 30, 2008.
  70. ^ "ESPN – Howard beats out Pujols to win NL MVP Award". ESPN. November 22, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  71. ^ "Dallas Green Statistics and History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  72. ^ "Dallas Green Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  73. ^ Mandel, Ken (March 8, 2007). "Vukovich passes away at 59". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  74. ^ "Juan Samuel Statistics and History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  75. ^ Gurian-Peck, David. "Kalas to be inducted into Wall of Fame". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  76. ^ Zolecki, Todd; Schonbrun, Zach (June 23, 2010). "Daulton is Phils' Wall of Fame inductee". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  77. ^ Parrillo, Ray (August 13, 2011). "Kruk takes his place on Wall of Fame". Philadelphia Media Network. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  78. ^ "Lieberthal Selected to Phillies' Wall of Fame". Philadelphia Media Network. June 7, 2012. Archived from the original on June 7, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  79. ^ "Curt Schilling enshrined, but Darren Daulton star of night". Philadelphia Media Network. August 3, 2013. Archived from the original on August 3, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  80. ^ Humbled' Manuel honored by Phillies"'". Philadelphia Media Network. August 10, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  81. ^ For list of Hall of Famers and years with Phillies, see National Baseball Hall of Famers. Philadelphia Phillies official website. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  82. ^ Carr, Samantha (December 6, 2010). "Emotional Election". National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  83. ^ Retired Numbers. Philadelphia Phillies official website. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  84. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Richie Ashburn Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  85. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Jim Bunning Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  86. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Mike Schmidt Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  87. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Steve Carlton Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  88. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Robin Roberts Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  89. ^ The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Phillies Retired Numbers Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  90. ^ a b The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Grover Cleveland Alexander Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  91. ^ a b The Official Site of The Philadelphia Phillies: History: Chuck Klein Retrieved July 19, 2008.
  92. ^ a b c Horan, Kevin (July 28, 2008). "Phillies hold Phestival against ALS". Philadelphia Phillies. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  93. ^ "Phillies Phestival raises record amount for ALS". 6-ABC. Associated Press. July 28, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  94. ^ "The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia". The ALS Association. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  95. ^  
  96. ^ "Curt's Pitch of ALS 2008". The ALS Association. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  97. ^ Philadelphia Phillies year-by-year results (including annual attendance). Philadelphia Phillies official website. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  98. ^ Chuck, Bill; Jim Kaplan (2008). Walk Offs, Last Licks, and Final Outs:Baseball's Grand (and Not-So-Grand) Finales. Skokie, IL: ACTA Publications. p. 130.  
  99. ^ Longman, Jeré (2006). If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.  
  100. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Dodgers 6, Phillies 5". Retrosheet. October 7, 1977. Retrieved June 8, 2008. 
  101. ^
  102. ^ Pappas, Doug. "Spring 1998: The J.D. Drew Saga". Retrieved June 4, 2008. 
  103. ^ "'They were throwing batteries'". CNN Sports Illustrated. August 11, 1999. Retrieved March 8, 2007. 
  104. ^ Barra, Allen (October 26, 2004). "Curses!". Village Voice. Retrieved June 8, 2008. 
  105. ^ a b Westcott, Rich (2005). Veterans Stadium: field of memories. Temple University Press. p. 100.  
  106. ^ "The Phillies Phanatic". Philadelphia Phillies. Retrieved July 19, 2008. 
  107. ^ Girandola, Chris (February 22, 2008). "Phillies, phans enjoy phestivities". Philadelphia Phillies. Retrieved July 19, 2008. 
  108. ^ Zolecki, Todd (August 19, 2010). "Phillies host 100th consecutive sellout". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  109. ^ "Attendance up by under 1 percent". ESPN. Associated Press. September 29, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011. The ... Phillies led baseball's attendance chart for the first time .... 
  110. ^ "Baseball attendance increased from 2010". Yahoo! Sports. The Sports Xchange. September 29, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  111. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies Lead MLB in Attendance For First Time Ever". RantSports. September 29, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  112. ^ "Phillies set attendance record". Philadelphia Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 2012 Attendance
  113. ^ a b "Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player winners". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  114. ^ "2007 Philadelphia Phillies". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  115. ^ 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.
  116. ^ Go to 2009 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "Unsung Star" for results and video. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  117. ^ Go to 2009 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "Exec" for results and video. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  118. ^ "Major League Baseball Cy Young Award winners". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  119. ^ Go to 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "Starter" for video of Starting Pitcher of the Year. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  120. ^ 2010 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-10-08. The MLB Clutch Performer of the Year Award was first awarded in 2007. 2007 Awards. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  121. ^ When you go to 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "Postseason Moment", it takes you to an unrelated page. The Postseason Moment awardee is mentioned at: Newman, Mark (December 17, 2010). "Giants star in This Year in Baseball Awards: Hamilton, Doc among those feted in awards season finale". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-07. Halladay, who pitched the second postseason no-hitter ever against the Reds in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, saw his gem cited as the easy choice for Postseason Moment. 
  122. ^ Go to 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "X-Factor" for video of the X-Factor Player of the Year. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  123. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies Managerial Register". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  124. ^ "Manager: Definition |". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2008. 
  125. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies Team History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  126. ^ "Gene Mauch Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  127. ^ "Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2008. 
  128. ^ "Jim Fregosi Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  129. ^ "1993 Philadelphia Phillies". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  130. ^ "Terry Francona". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  131. ^ "Larry Bowa Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  132. ^ "Gary Varsho Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  133. ^ "Charlie Manuel Managerial Record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  134. ^ "2007 Philadelphia Phillies". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  135. ^ "2008 Philadelphia Phillies". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 16, 2009. 
  136. ^ "2009 Philadelphia Phillies". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 16, 2009. 
  137. ^ "WPHT – Philadelphia". Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  138. ^ "Welcome to Comcast SportsNet". Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  139. ^ Goldstein, Richard (April 13, 2009). "Harry Kalas, Popular Voice of Phillies, Dies at 73". New York Times. p. B16. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 
  140. ^ Shute, Mike (September 30, 2011). "After 40 years with the Phillies, Baker's voice still choice".  
  141. ^ Jensen, Mike (October 18, 2010). "One pronounced voice: The Phillies' PA announcer prides himself on accuracy and emphasis". Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network). Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  142. ^ Brookover, Bob (January 20, 2011). "Phils upgrading their video board". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  143. ^ Hagen, Paul (January 20, 2011). "Phillies will have biggest video board in National League". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  144. ^ "MLB Awards (Manager of the Year)". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 


  • a #: running total of the number of Phillies' managers. Thus, any manager who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
  • b #49: Larry Bowa won the Manager of the Year Award in 2001.[144]

Team managers

  • a The Finish column lists regular season results and excludes postseason play.
  • b The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.
  • c The GB column lists "Games Back" from the team that finished in first place that season. It is determined by finding the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two.

Season records

  • a Grover Cleveland Alexander played in the era before Major League players wore numbers; the Phillies have honored him with the "P" logo from the 1915 season, their first World Series appearance.[90]
  • b Chuck Klein wore many numbers while with the Phillies, including 1, 3, 8, 26, 29, and 36. The Phillies wore the Old English "P" during his first six seasons; thus, they chose to use it to honor Klein.[91]

Retired numbers

  • a 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. They would, however, lose to the second half-winning Montréal Expos in the NLDS, losing the overall division title. The Phillies' record over the entire season was third-best in the division, 2½ games behind St. Louis and Montréal.
  • b The Phillies are the only National League team with two perfect games. Four American League teams have accomplished the feat: New York Yankees (3), Chicago White Sox (2), Cleveland Indians (2), and Oakland Athletics (2).



See also

In 2011, the Phillies spent $10 million to upgrade the video system at Citizens Bank Park, including a new display screen in left field, the largest in the National League.[142][143]

The Phillies' public-address (PA) announcer is Dan Baker, who started in the 1972 season.[140][141]

At Citizens Bank Park, the restaurant built into the base of the main scoreboard is named "Harry the K's" in Kalas's honor. After Kalas's death, the Phillies' TV-broadcast booth was renamed "The Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth". It is directly next to the radio-broadcast booth, which is named "The Richie 'Whitey' Ashburn Broadcast Booth". When the Phillies win at home, Kalas' rendition of the song "High Hopes", which he would sing when the Phillies had clinched a playoff berth or advanced in the playoffs, is played as fans file out of the stadium. In 2011, the Phillies unveiled a statue of Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park. The statue was funded by Phillies fans and the statue was designed and constructed by a Phillies fan.

Other popular Phillies broadcasters through the years include By Saam from 1939 to 1975, Bill Campbell from 1962 to 1970, Richie Ashburn from 1963 to 1997, and Harry Kalas from 1971 to 2009.[139] Kalas, a 2002 recipient of the Ford Frick Award and an icon in the Philadelphia area, called play-by-play in the first three and last three innings on television and the fourth inning on the radio until his death on April 13, 2009.

Spanish language broadcasts are on WDAS (1480 AM) with Danny Martinez on play-by-play and Bill Kulik and Juan Ramos on color commentary.

As of 2014, the Phillies' flagship radio stations are WIP-FM (94.1 FM) and WPHT (1210 AM), both owned by CBS Radio.[137] Scott Franzke and Jim Jackson provide play-by-play on the radio, with Larry Andersen as the color commentator. Meanwhile, NBCUniversal (a unit of Philadelphia-based Comcast) handles local television broadcasts through its properties Comcast SportsNet,[138] WCAU, and Comcast Network. Tom McCarthy calls play-by-play for the television broadcasts, with Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs providing color commentary.

The late Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas

Radio and television

Level Team League Location
AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs International League Allentown, PA
AA Reading Fightin Phils Eastern League Reading, PA
Advance A Clearwater Threshers Florida State League Clearwater, FL
Full Season A Lakewood BlueClaws South Atlantic League Lakewood, NJ
Short Season A Williamsport Crosscutters New York-Penn League Williamsport, PA
Rookie GCL Phillies Gulf Coast League Clearwater, FL
VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League Venezuela
DSL Phillies Dominican Summer League Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' AAA affiliate

Minor league affiliations

Statistics current through January 17, 2014

#[a] Manager Years Wins Losses Ties WPct PA PW PL WS Ref
47 Jim Fregosi 19911996 431 463 0 .482 1 6 6 0 [128][129]
48 Terry Francona 19972000 285 363 0 .440 [130]
49 Larry Bowa§[b] 20012004 337 308 0 .522 [131]
50 Gary Varsho 2004 1 1 0 .500 [132]
51 Charlie Manuel 20052013 780 636 0 .551 5 27 18 1 [133][134]
52 Ryne Sandberg 2013–present 20 22 0 .476
Totals 51 managers 130 seasons 9,318 10,373 1 .473 13 49 54 2
Winning percentage: number of wins divided by number of games managed
Playoff appearances: number of years this manager has led the franchise to the playoffs
Playoff wins: number of wins this manager has accrued in the playoffs
Playoff losses: number of losses this manager has accrued in the playoffs
World Series: number of World Series victories achieved by the manager
Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (‡ denotes induction as manager)[127]
Member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame
The records and accomplishments of the last five Phillies' managers are shown below. [126] is the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, with 1,332 games of service in parts of eight seasons (1960–1968).Gene Mauch [125].Tampa Bay Rays against the 2008; and Manuel in Kansas City Royals against the 1980: Green in World Series a win are the only Phillies managers to Dallas Green each leading the team to three playoff appearances. Manuel and Charlie Manuel and Danny Ozark Seven managers have taken the Phillies to the postseason, with [124] The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.[123].managers Over 126 seasons, the Phillies franchise has employed 51 

Team managers

Current roster

These statistics are current as of the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Baseball season.

League Division Regular season Postseason Awards
Finish[a] Wins[b] Losses Win% GB[c]
2006 2006 NL East 2nd 85 77 .525 12 Ryan Howard (MVP)[113]
2007 2007 NL East* 1st 89 73 .549 Lost NLDS to Colorado Rockies, 3–0[114] Jimmy Rollins (MVP)[113]
2008World Series champions 2008 NLNational League champions East* 1st 92 70 .568 Won NLDS vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 3–1
Won NLCS vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4–1
Won World Series vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 4–1
Brad Lidge (DMOY, CLO,[u] CPOY)[v]
Charlie Manuel (MGR)[w]
Pat Gillick (EXEC)[x]
Chase Utley (PMY)[y]
Cole Hamels (LCSMVP,[z] WSMVP)[aa]
2009 2009 NLNational League champions East* 1st 93 69 .574 Won NLDS vs. Colorado Rockies, 3–1
Won NLCS vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4–1
Lost World Series to New York Yankees, 4–2
J.A. Happ (ROY)[115]
Jayson Werth (UnsungPOY)[116]
Ruben Amaro, Jr. (EXEC)[117]
Ryan Howard (LCSMVP)[z]
2010 2010 NL East* 1st 97 65 .599 Won NLDS vs. Cincinnati Reds, 3–0

Lost NLCS to San Francisco Giants, 4–2

Roy Halladay (CYA,[118] SPOY,[119] ClutchPOY,[120] PMY)[121]
Carlos Ruiz (X-FactorPOY)[122]
2011 2011 NL East* 1st 102 60 .630 Lost NLDS to St. Louis Cardinals, 3–2
2012 2012 NL East 3rd 81 81 .500 17
2013 2013 NL East 4th 73 89 .451 23
2014 2014 NL East 5th 73 89 .451 23

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

Season-by-season records

In 2011 and 2012, the Phillies led the league in attendance with 3,680,718 and 3,565,718 fans, respectively, coming out to watch Phillies baseball.[109][110][111][112]

The club surpassed 100 consecutive sellouts on August 19, 2010, selling out over 50% of their home games and averaging an annual attendance of over 3.1 million fans since moving to Citizens Bank Park;[108] on April 3, 2011, the team broke the three-game series attendance record at the ballpark, having 136,254 fans attend the opening weekend against the Houston Astros.

In Phillies fan culture, it is also not unusual to replace an "f" with a "ph" in words, such as the Phillie Phanatic.[107]

When the Phillies moved to Veteran's Stadium, they hired a group of young ladies to serve as ushers. These women wore maroon-colored outfits featuring hot pants and were called the Hot Pants Patrol.[105] The team also introduced a pair of mascots, attired in colonial garb and named Philadelphia Phil and Phyllis. In addition to costumed characters, animated Phil and Phylis figures mounted on the center field facade would "hit" the Liberty Bell after a Phillie home run. This pair of mascots never achieved any significant level of popularity with fans and were eventually discontinued.[105] In 1978, the team introduced a new mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, who has been called "baseball's best mascot", which has been much more successful and has become closely associated with the marketing of the team.[106]

Many sports writers have noted the passionate presence of Phillies fans, including Allen Barra, who wrote that the biggest roar he ever heard from 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."[104]

Phillies fans are known for harsh criticism of their own stars such the 1964 Rookie of the Year Richie Allen and Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt. The fans, however, are just as well known for heckling the visiting team. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Burt Hooton's poor performance during game three of the 1977 National League Championship Series[100] has often been attributed to the crowd's taunting.[101] J. D. Drew, the Phillies' first overall draft pick in the amateur draft of 1997, never signed with the Phillies following a contract dispute with the team, instead re-entering the draft the next year to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals.[102] Phillies fans were angered over this disrespect and debris, including two D batteries, was hurled at Drew during an August 1999 game.[103] Subsequent visits by Drew to Philadelphia continue to be met with sustained booing from the Phillies fans.

Phillies fans have earned a reputation over the years for their occasional unruly 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.[98] Later, at Veterans Stadium, the 700 Level gained a reputation for its "hostile taunting, fighting, public urination and general strangeness."[99]

See footnote[97]
Full House at Citizens Bank Park

Fan support

The Phillies club will celebrate teachers during the 12th Annual Teacher Appreciation Night.

The Philadelphia Phillies have shown to be a big supporter of reading and overall education. The Phillies want to use baseball in a positive way to help support education for students. The Phillies have a reading incentive program called Phanatic About Reading which is designed to encourage students from kindergarten to eighth grade to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a night. This reading program is to help students with their literacy skills and comprehension. Phillies Phundamentals is another educational program that is designed to make learning fun and support academic skills by using baseball. This program is offered through after school and summer camps.

Phanatic about Education

The Phillies have supported amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) with the "Phillies Phestival" since 1984.[92] The team raised over US$750,000 for ALS research at their 2008 festival, compared with approximately $4,500 at the inaugural event in 1984;[92] the event has raised a total of over $10 million in its history.[93] The ALS Association of Philadelphia is the Phillies' primary charity,[94] and the hospitals they support include Pennsylvania Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Hahnemann University Hospital.[92] Former Phillies pitchers Geoff Geary, now with the Houston Astros and who lost a friend to the disease,[95] and Curt Schilling, who retired with the Boston Red Sox,[96] are both still involved with the Phillies' cause.

Charitable contributions








by MLB 1997[89]
Grover C.



The Phillies have retired six numbers, and honored two additional players with the letter "P."[83] Grover Cleveland Alexander played with the team in the era before Major League Baseball used uniform numbers, and Chuck Klein wore a variety of numbers with the team during his career. Of the six players with retired numbers, five were retired for their play with the Phillies and one, 42, was universally retired by Major League Baseball when they honored the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking the color barrier.

Grover Cleveland Alexander, one of eight players with a number retired or honored by the Phillies

Retired numbers

Ford C. Frick Award recipients

See footnote[81]
Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty

Hall of Famers

In 1983, rather than inducting a player into the Wall of Fame, the Phillies selected their Centennial Team, commemorating the best players of the first 100 years in franchise history. See Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame#Centennial Team.

Centennial Team

The following inductees have also been elected to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame: Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt, broadcaster Harry Kalas, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Del Ennis, Chuck Klein, Ed Delahanty, Larry Bowa, Tug McGraw, and Dick Allen.

List of players inducted, indicating team, position(s), and tenure(s)
Inducted Player Position Years Ref
2006 Green, DallasDallas Green P
2007 Vukovich, JohnJohn Vukovich INF
2008 Samuel, JuanJuan Samuel 2B 19831989 [74]
2009 Kalas, HarryHarry KalasHall of Fame TV 19712009 [75]
2010 Daulton, DarrenDarren Daulton C 1983
2011 Kruk, JohnJohn Kruk 1B 19891994 [77]
2012 Lieberthal, MikeMike Lieberthal C 19942006 [78]
2013 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling P 19922000 [79]
2014 Manuel, CharlieCharlie Manuel MGR 20052013 [80]
Wall of Famer Rube Oldring

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. The last six years' inductees to the Wall of Fame are listed below:

Wall of Fame

Team captains

Of the fifteen players who have hit four home runs in one game, three were Phillies at the time (more than any other team). Ed Delahanty was the first, hitting his four in Chicago's West Side Park on July 13, 1896. Chuck Klein repeated the feat nearly 40 years later to the day, on July 10, 1936, at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. Forty years later, on April 17, 1976, Mike Schmidt became the third, also hitting his in Chicago, these coming at Wrigley Field.

Five Phillies have won MVP awards during their career with the team. Mike Schmidt leads with three wins, with back-to-back MVPs in 1980 and 1981, and in 1986 as well. Chuck Klein (1932), Jim Konstanty (1950), Ryan Howard (2006), and Jimmy Rollins (2007) all have one.[68] Pitcher Steve Carlton leads the team in Cy Young Award wins with four (1972, 1977, 1980, and 1982), while John Denny (1983), Steve Bedrosian (1987), and Roy Halladay (2010) each have one.[68] Four Phillies have won Rookie of the Year honors as well. Jack Sanford won in 1957, and Dick Allen won in 1964. Third baseman Scott Rolen brought home the honors in 1997, while Howard was the most recent Phillies winner in 2005.[69] In doing so, Howard became only the second player in MLB history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in consecutive years, Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles being the first.[70]



After the Pirates moved to the National League Central in 1994, the teams face each other only in two series each year and the rivalry has diminished.[62] However, many fans, especially older ones, retain their dislike for the other team and regional differences between Eastern and Western Pennsylvania still fuel the rivalry.[66] The rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League is also fiercely contested.[66][67]

The Phillies and the Pirates had remained together after the National League split into two divisions in 1969. During the period of two-division play (1969 to 1993), the two National League East division rivals won the two highest numbers of division championships, reigning exclusively as NL East champions in the 1970s and again in the early 1990s,[63][64] the Pirates 9, the Phillies 6; together, the two teams' 15 championships accounted for more than half of the 25 NL East championships during that span.[65]

The rivalry between the Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates was considered by some to be one of the best rivalries in the National League.[60][61][62] The rivalry started when the Pittsburgh Pirates entered National League play in their fifth season of 1887, four years after the Phillies.[63]

Pittsburgh Pirates

The first City Series was held in 1883 between the Phillies and the American Association's Athletics.[59] When the Athletics first joined the American League, the two teams played each other in a spring and fall series. No City Series was held in 1901 and 1902 due to legal warring between the National and American Leagues.

The City Series was the name of a series of baseball games played between the Philadelphia Athletics of the American League and the Phillies that ran from 1903 through 1955. After the A's move to Kansas City, Missouri in 1955, the City Series rivalry came to an end. The teams have since faced each other in Interleague play (since its introduction in 1997) but the rivalry has effectively died in the intervening years since the A's left Philadelphia.

City Series: Philadelphia Athletics

Historical rivalries

Aside from several brawls in the 1980s, the rivalry remained low-key before the 2006 season,[57] as the teams had seldom been equally good at the same time. Since 2006, the teams have battled for playoff position. The Mets won the division in 2006 and contended in 2007 and 2008, while the Phillies won five consecutive division titles from 2007 to 2011.[58] The Phillies' 2007 Eastern Division Title was won on the last day of the season as the Mets lost a seven-game lead with seventeen games remaining.

The rivalry between the New York Mets and the Phillies was said to be among the "hottest" rivalries in the National League.[55][56] The two National League East divisional rivals have met each other recently in playoff, division, and Wild Card races.

New York Mets


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.[52] The caps were unpopular with the players, who considered them bad luck after two losses and wanted them discontinued. Management wanted to keep using the caps as planned, as they sold well among fans. A compromise was reached as the players agreed to wear them for weekday games while returning to the customary red caps for Sunday afternoon games.[53] In all, the Phillies wore the "unlucky" blue caps for seven games in 1994, losing six (the lone victory a 5-2 triumph over the Florida Marlins on June 29).[54] A different blue cap was introduced in 2008 as part of the alternate home uniform for day games, a throwback to the late 1940s.

In 1979, the Phillies front office modified the uniform into an all-burgundy version with white trimmings, to be worn for Saturday games.[48] They were called "Saturday Night Specials" and were worn for the first and last time on May 19, 1979,[49] a 10–5 loss to the Expos.[50] 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.[51] Mike Schmidt did wear the uniform during the MLB All-Star Tour of Japan following the 1979 season. The final appearance on field (to date) of this uniform was during the closing ceremonies at Veterans Stadium on September 28, 2003. There was a rather large procession of players during the post game ceremony, most in uniform. Former pitcher Larry Christenson, the starting pitcher in the original game, came out wearing this old burgundy uniform, and was the only one to do so.

Controversial uniform changes

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 dark 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, remained instantly recognizable and admired, long after its regular use had ended. It was while wearing this uniform style and color motif that the club achieved its most enduring success, including a World Series title in 1980 and another World Series appearance in 1983.[45] Its continued popularity with fans is still evident, as even today Phillies home games can contain many fans sporting caps, shirts, and/or jackets emblazoned with the iconic "P" and burgundy color scheme. The current Phillies team has worn the burgundy and powder blue throwbacks whenever their opponents are wearing throwback uniforms from that era.

Former uniforms

The Phillies were an early adopter 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. Larry Bowa, Pete Rose, and Mike Schmidt wore this maroon batting jersey in place of their road jersey during the 1979 All-Star Game in Seattle. Currently, during spring training, the Phillies wear solid red practice jerseys with pinstriped pants for Grapefruit League home games. The red jerseys are worn with grey pants on the road.

Batting practice

Ryan Howard wearing the current Phillies home uniform (with Harry Kalas patch in 2009)
Roy Halladay wearing the current Phillies road uniform (with "Whip" Buck patch in 2011)
Joe Blanton wearing the alternate Phillies home uniform (with Kalas patch in 2009)

The Phillies are one of four teams in Major League Baseball that do not display the name of their city, state, or region on their road jerseys, joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Phillies are the only team that also displays the player's number on one sleeve except on the alternate jersey, in addition to the usual placement on the back of the jersey.

For the 2009 season the Phillies added black, circular "HK" patches to their uniforms over their hearts in honor of broadcaster Harry Kalas, who died April 13, 2009, just before he was to broadcast a Phillies game. From Opening Day through July 26, 2009, the Phillies wore 2008 World Champions patches on the right sleeve of their home uniforms. In 2010, the Phillies added a black patch with a white "36" on the sleeves of their jerseys to honor Roberts, who died on May 6. Roberts' No. 36 had been previously retired by the team. In 2011, the Phillies added a black circular patch with a 'B' in honor of minority owners Alexander and John Buck, who died in late 2010.

In 2008, the Phillies introduced 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 red lettering bordered with blue piping and lacking pinstripes.[46] The accompanying cap is blue with a red bill and a red stylized "P." The uniforms were announced on November 29, 2007, when Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, pitcher Cole Hamels, and Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts modeled the new uniforms.[47]

Along with its National League compadres, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phillies are one of two teams in Major League baseball which utilize chain stitching in its chest emblem.

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".[45] The uniforms and logo are very similar to those used during the "Whiz Kids" era from 1950 to 1969.

Current uniform

See footnotes[43][44]

Team uniform

One of the few bright spots of the 2014 Phillies season happened on September 1 against division rival Atlanta Braves, when starter Cole Hamels, and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon combined for a no-hitter in Turner Field.

During the 2013 season, the team struggled again, and was unable to consistently play well for the majority of the season. On August 16, 2013, with the team's record at 53-68, the Phillies fired manager Charlie Manuel, who had managed the team since 2005.[42] Phillies third base coach, Ryne Sandberg, was promoted to Interim manager. Manuel spent over nine years as the manager, leading Philadelphia to its first World Series victory in nearly thirty years. Manuel amassed an overall record of 780-636, making him the winningest manager in the franchise's history. The 2013 Phillies ended up with a record of 73-89, their first losing season since 2002.

The 2012 Phillies experienced an up and down season. They played .500 ball through the first two months, but then slumped through a 9–19 stretch in June where they ended up at the bottom of the NL East by midseason. With any hope dimming, the Phillies traded key players Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants before the trade deadline. However, a hot start in the second half of the season put the Phillies back on the postseason hunt, though any hope was eventually extinguished with a loss to the Washington Nationals on September 28, thus the Phillies missed the postseason for the first time since 2006.

On September 17, 2011, the Phillies won their fifth consecutive East Division championship,[40] and on September 28, during the final game of the season, the team set a franchise record for victories in a season with 102 by beating the Atlanta Braves in 13 innings, denying their division rivals a potential Wild Card berth.[41] Yet the Phillies lost in the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals – the team that won the National League Wild Card as a result of the Phillies beating the Braves. The Cardinals subsequently beat the Brewers in the NLCS and won the 2011 World Series in 7 games.

In Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series, Halladay threw the second no-hitter in Major League baseball postseason history, leading the Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds, 4–0. The first no-hitter in postseason history was New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.[39] Halladay's no-hitter was the fifth time a pitcher has thrown two no-hitters in the same season, and was also the first time that one of the two occurred in the postseason. The Phillies went on to sweep the Reds in three straight games. In the 2010 National League Championship Series, the Phillies fell to the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants in six games.

The 2010 Phillies won their fourth consecutive NL East Division championship[17][29] despite a rash of significant injuries to key players, including Ryan Howard,[30] Chase Utley,[31] Jimmy Rollins,[32] Shane Victorino,[33] and Carlos Ruiz.[34] After dropping seven games behind the Atlanta Braves on July 21, Philadelphia finished with an MLB-best record of 97–65.[35] The streak included a 20–5 record in September, the Phillies' best September since winning 22 games that month in 1983,[36] and an 11–0 run in the middle of the month.[37] The acquisition of pitcher Roy Oswalt in early August was a key step, as Oswalt won seven consecutive games in just over five weeks from August 11 through September 17.[37] The Phillies clinched the division on September 27, behind a two-hit shutout by Halladay.[38]

In June 2010, the team's scheduled 2010 series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre was moved to Philadelphia, because of security concerns for the G-20 Summit. The Blue Jays wore their home white uniforms and batted last as the home team, and the designated hitter was used.[27] The game was the first occasion of the use of a designated hitter in a National League ballpark in a regular-season game; Ryan Howard was the first player to fill the role.[28]

On December 16, 2009, they acquired starting pitcher Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays for three minor-league prospects,[25] and traded Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for three prospects.[26] On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins.[d]


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.