NOTE: Work on the new website is progressing. As such, I have made the decision to stop updating this site. I am also going to eliminate the parts of this page as I finish them on the new one (to save space as I downgrade to the free site with Geocities). I apologize for the mess in between, but I need to get moving on the new site, and it will take a while to rebuild. You can go to the new site for regular monthly updates. I will leave this site up as long as Geocities exists for the article database and the boxscores. Don't forget about the 1980 predictions, either!

Here is the link to the new site. I have finished the players, the coaches/front office and the broadcasters.

- RJS 8/8/2009

 

"I never saw so many sincere faces in my life as I did in that parade today. Take this world championship and savor it because you all deserve it." - Mike Schmidt

The 1980 edition of the Phillies may not have been the best team, talent-wise, in Phillies history. Both the 1976 and 1977 Phils won more games. The Phillies also won pennants in 1915, 1950, 1983, and 1993. In fact, it took a near miracle (and a six-game winning streak at the end of the year) for the Phillies to even win the division crown over the powerhouse Expos in 1980. Then the Phillies looked at baseball's version of the Grim Reaper against Houston, coming back in the 8th inning of games 4 and 5, winning both in extra innings to go to the World Series. And against the Royals, the Phillies just would not be denied, winning the FIRST World Championship in Phillies history in six games. Yes, other Phillies teams may have had more talent. Other Phillies teams may have won more games. But the 1980 Phillies won, with grit and determination, what no other Phillies team could achieve until 2008: The right to call themselves WORLD CHAMPIONS.

"We are the best baseball team in the United States of America. We are the best. No one else can say that." - Larry Bowa

 

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August 8, 2009 (Prior News Logs):

August Update: Had to make a decision to begin the full conversion to the new website. There a no new articles this month, but I have started the process of creating the new website. I am not sure how much longer Geocities will be providing service, so I figured that my time is better utilized on the new site. With that said...

Preview The New Site: No, I am nowhere near done, but I have several sectons up and running. You can check out the players, coaches, and broadcaster sections on the new site. There are also a few surprises.

Current Record: Hit and miss. The Phils have not been doing enough of the former, and far too much of the latter. Their offense has become too reliant on the homer for my taste. However, the pitching has been very good.

  • Current Record: 61-46
  • Division Placement: 1st, 6 games ahead of the Florida Marlins

Pedro Ready?: Rumblings from the minor leagues are that Pedro Martinez is ready to re-join the major leagues. Question is, who does he replace? Obviously not Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, and definitely not Joe Blanton. To me, J. A. Happ is also untouchable - he's actually been the best starting pitcher this season. Unfortunately, that leaves Jaime Moyer, who has the most wins, but has been by far the weak link performance-wise in the rotation.

Newspaper Archive: The articles added to the website database this month come from newspaperarchive.com. This website has a large archive or newspapers from a variety of newspapers from around the world. I have found it helpful to work on this site. It is a pay site (just shy of $10 per month), but it does have some free features if you'd like to check it out.

New E-Mail: If there are any problems getting to a page on the site, please e-mail. The e-mail has changed, and is embedded in the graphic below for security purposes.

Wanted: Any and all articles that pertain to the 1980 Phillies, or any players on the roster from that year. If you have some to donate/lend/sell/steal please e-mail me. Copies are wonderful! I am particularly interested in getting articles during the season from the Philadelphia newspapers (unfortunately, newspaperarchive.com do not have any Philadelphia newspapers). Anyone that has copies of the Inquirer or the Daily News please contact me.

Future Updates: For the foreseeable future, all updating efforts are going to be to get a lot of this same content to the new website. It's an onerous task, and therefore no new articles will be added during that time. No additional work will be done on the geocities website..

Go Phillies!
Richard Summers

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