Utter Ecstasy

The 1980 World Series matched the Philadelphia Phillies against the Kansas City Royals, with the Phillies winning in six games to capture the first of two World Series titles in franchise history to date. The series concluded after Game 6, which ended with Tug McGraw striking out Willie Wilson at 11:29 pm on October 21, 1980. Wilson set a World Series record by striking out twelve times (after getting 230 hits in the regular season) in the six-game set. The Kansas City Royals became the second expansion team, and the first American League expansion team, to appear in the World Series. The AL would have to wait until 1985 before one of their expansion teamsÑthe Royals themselvesÑwould win a World Series. This was the first World Series played entirely on artificial turf. This was also the first World Series since 1920, and the last to date, in which neither team had won a World Series before. With their victory, the Phillies became the final team out of the original sixteen MLB teams to win a World Series.


Dallas Green and Larry Bowa celebrate after the Phillies World Series victory over the
Kansas City Royals on October 21, 1980.  The greatest moment in Phillies history
occurred at 11:29 p.m. when Tug McGraw struck out Kansas City’s Willie Wilson setting
off a wild celebration. In each of the Phillies four wins, their reliever struck out a KC
hitter to end the game.

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RF Chuck Klein won the National League MVP, October 19, 1932. He edged right-handed pitcher Lon Warneke of the Chicago Cubs, 78-68 in points. Chuck led the NL in games (154), runs (152), hits (226), home runs (38), slugging percentage (.646) and total bases (420).   Hit .348 with 50 doubles, 15 homers, 127 RBI.  It was the only time he won the award, although he finished second in 1931 and 1933.

For other great moments in Phillies history visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Winter Ball Notes
Dominican League opened on Thursday and CF Roman Quinn had an impressive debut, 3-for-5, a run, three RBI and a stolen base.  Through Monday, Quinn is hitting .357 in three games, a triple, home run and four RBI. Other Phillies in that league so far include OF Brian Bogusevic, INF Angelo Mora, RHR Jimmy Cordero, RHR Ulises Joaquin, RHR Ryan Sullivan and SS Malquin Canelo.

LHR Elvis Araujo, who ended his rookie season with the Phillies on the disabled list, is pitching in the Venezuela League.

According to http://www.phuturephillies.com OF Aaron Brown has replaced OF Dylan Cozens on the Glendale Desert Dogs roster in the Arizona Fall League.

AFL update: Brown (2-4, R) was in the lineup on Monday night playing centerfield, a game Glendale won, 4-2.  J. P. Crawford (1-4, R, 3 SO) was at shortstop, Andrew Knapp (0-4, RBI) played first and RH Yacksel Rio (3 hitless, scoreless innings) was the starting pitcher and winner (1-0). RH Jesen Therrien pitched the seventh, (1 IP, 3 H, 2 R).

Postseason Tidbits
All four teams in the Championship Series are wearing blue hats. Have no idea on the significance of this brilliant observation.

Since October 1 of a year ago, Cubs merchandise has increased in sales by 1,800%.

Number of Phillies Alumni in the postseason is down to two, Ben Revere (Blue Jays) and Ryan Madson (Royals).

Toronto’s David Price retired 18 consecutive batters on Saturday night but wound up losing.  His postseason record as a starter is now 0-7.  That’s hard to believe.

Mets 2B Daniel Murphy has been in the big leagues since 2008.  He never hit five home runs in one month until now.

Sneak Peek
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits
is the title of my new book which will be available starting next May in book stores and on-line. Larry Andersen wrote the foreword. Publisher again is Triumph Books (triumphbooks.com).

Book features faces and places in the history of the franchise which was established in 1883. Included is a sampling of historic performances that hold a special place such the team’s very first game, no-hitters ranging from 1885 through 2015, the most dramatic home run, the last batting champion, the greatest strikeout game by a pitcher, the youngest hurler ever to win a game, special World Series accomplishments and the breaking of two all-time hit records. Plus, many other historic performance stories.



I look forward to your new book. I enjoyed If These Walls Could Talk. Good luck, hope it sells a million!

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