It may be the start of football season but baseball is still going strong. This long-loved summer sport is nearing the end of it’s season so we thought we’d take some time to look back on the history of our great baseball team.
- The Phillies are the oldest, continuous, one-named, one-city franchise in all of professional sports.
- Formed in 1883 the original name for the team was the “Quakers” the name was changed to the “Philadelphias” and eventually shortened to the “Phillies”.
- The Phillies played their first game at Recreation park at 24th and Ridge Avenue on May 1, 1883, they lost 4-3.
- After a rough first season the Phil’s luck started to change thanks to their new manager and future Hall of Famer, Harry Wright.
- In 1887 the Phillies moved to their new stadium, Philadelphia Park at Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue, it was considered to be the best baseball park in the nation at the time.
- The Phillies have won two World Series Championships, against the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.
- They have won 7 National League pennants, the first in 1915.
- The Phillies 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.