It's not often that the Phillies earn the headline of the major newspapers in the city. Then again, it isn't often that the team wins the World Series- after 97 years, I suppose it would rate a front page appearance!
|From the October 22,
1980 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Phils Win Series; City Goes Wild
Finally, a win in 97th year
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Believe it. The Phillies have own the World Series.
The scrappy, come-from-behind heroes of October captured the fourth and deciding game last night before a record 65,838 fans at Veterans Stadium, defeating the Kansas City Royals 4-1.
The game ended in typical Phillies gut-wrenching fashion- Tug McGraw throwing the third strike past Willie Wilson with the bases loaded, and the city erupted in celebration of the first world championship in the 97-year history of the Phils, who had lost two previous World Series, in 1915 and 1950.
The Phils took the lead in the third inning, when Bob Boone walked, Lonnie Smith grounded to Royals second baseman Frank White, Pete Rose laid down a perfect bunt and Mike Schmidt singled, scoring Boone and Rose. They scored again in the fifth, when Smith raced home on a grounder by Bake McBride, and again in the sixth on a single by Boone that drove in Larry Bowa.
In the ninth, Rose saved the game by catching a Frank White pop-up that bounced out of Boone's glove, while the bases were loaded. Wilson was the next- and last- batter.
The Phillies won the first two games in the Series, at the Vet, but lost the next two, at Royals Stadium. They captured the third game in Kansas City on Sunday, before ending it all last night.