History of the Philadelphia Phillies

Although the Philadelphia Phillies were established in 1883, it took them almost 100 years to finally win a World Series. In 2007, after a 15 year stretch of no post-season play, the Phillies won the National League East division title.

The Philadelphia Phillies started as the Quakers in 1883, but they were soon known as the Phillies and the new name became official in 1890. The original team started off poorly and they did not win a National League pennant until 1915. The Phillies failed, however, after their 1915 win to record more than one winning season from 1916 to 1948.

The ownership of the Philadelphia Phillies changed in the mid-1940s and the new owner, Bob Carpenter, Jr., invested in young players in the team's minor leagues. In 1950, the Phillies, with future Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts, won their second National League pennant. This success, however, did not last and the Phillies would not see post-season play again for 16 years.

The Phillies teams of the 1950s and 1960s were mostly mediocre, but, by the mid-1970s, the team had been built up with top players. From 1976 to 1983, the revitalized Phillies won the National League pennant five times (1976-1978, 1980, 1983) and one World Series title (1980). Players on some of these winning teams included Steve Carlton, Greg Luzinski, Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, and Pete Rose.

After their 1983 pennant win, the Phillies once more dropped to the bottom of the National League and they stayed there until 1993. That season, the Phillies finished with a 97-65 record and they won their fifth National League pennant by defeating the Atlanta Braves in the National League championship series. They lost the World Series that year to the Toronto Blue Jays. For the rest of the 1990s, the Phillies always fell short of winning the National League East division that was dominated by the hot Atlanta Braves.

The new decade started the Phillies on a winning streak, first in 2001 under manager Larry Bowa and continuing through 2011 under the leadership of Charlie Manuel. Post-season play eluded the Phillies until 2007 when they won the National League East division series. They lost the pennant race to the Colorado Rockies, but in 2008 they came back strong and went on to become the World Series champions. The Phillies, with top players like Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, continued to dominate the National League East, winning the division title every year from 2007 through 2011. They also won the National League pennant in 2008 and 2009.

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Wikipedia - Philadelphia Phillies

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