1980 Phillies Articles

Philadelphia Inquirer- October 23, 1980

Dubin, and apparently a host of others, worked to piece together this montage of fans celebrating during the Phillies' victory parade.  It also gave the reaction of the players and officials of the Phillies, as well as some good quotes from several of them.

From the October 23, 1980 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

City Salutes Champion Phillies
Route to stadium clogged with fans savoring victory
By Murray Dubin

Hundreds of thousands of Phillies fanatics lined Market and Broad Streets, and thousands more filled JFK Stadium yesterday in a pennant-waving, cheering victory parade and rally for the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

“I have never seen so many sincere faces in my life as I did today,” the Series’ Most Valuable Player, third baseman Mike Schmidt, told a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the stadium, estimated by police at 80,000.  “Take this world championship and savor it.”

“All through baseball history,” relief pitcher Tug McGraw told the crowd, “Philadelphia has had to take a back seat to New York City.  Well, New York can take this world championship and stick it ‘cause we’re number one.”

The crowd went crazy.

The parade went off without a hitch.  Police said there were no serious incidents and only a few minor arrests.  Police estimated that the crowd along the parade route from Center City at 500,000, but others thought it was closer to a million.

“It’s a sea of humanity; it’s unbelievable,” said police Inspector William Lindsay, who estimated the crowd at “well over a million.”

“I don’t think the city has ever had such an outpouring for one event,’ he said.  “It’s bigger than the Mummers.  It’s three or four times bigger than the crowd for the Flyers.”

At Broad Street and Snyder Avenue, Phil DiBattista of 11th and Mifflin Streets was wearing a rubber nose and miniature red and white umbrella that he had fashioned into a hat.

“It’s really bringing the people together, just like when the Pope came up Broad Street,” he said.  “The Pope came and gave us love.  And now the Phillies are giving it to us again.”

The staging area for the parade was 20th Street and JFK Boulevard.  At 9 a.m., 2½ hours before the parade began, people were lining Market Street to gain a vantage point to see their heroes.  Many had celebrated Tuesday night’s championship victory well into yesterday morning but were back again to drink in the splendor of a championship team, something Phillies fans have awaited for 97 years.

At 11:17 p.m., the Phillies arrived at the staging area on team buses.  Steve Carlton, winner of Tuesday’s game, was the first player to emerge from the bus and hop on the flatbed truck designated for the Phillies starting players, team officials and other VIPs.  He wore a three-piece suit and smiled and waved to the crowd massing in the area.

The rest of the starting team was on the flatbed truck in moments, and soon those in the crowd, including a number of police officers, were asking for autographs.  At 11:30 a.m., with the band from Overbrook High School playing aboard the first of 11 trucks, the parade began.

Phillies manager Dallas Green and general manager Paul Owens lifted their arms and pointed index fingers in the air and kept pumping their arms to the crowd for almost the entire parade.  Pete Rose, Larry Bowa and Tug McGraw shouted “We’re number one!” and exhorted the masses on Market Street to join them.

People on Market Street and throughout the parade route stood on light standards, rooftops, traffic signs and on each other as they threw confetti and rolls of paper, waved red and white pennants and pom-poms and screamed in a glorious din for the Phillies.

“Hard Hats Love the Phils” read one sign on Market Street, “McGraw for President” read another.  By the time the parade reached 18th and Market Streets, the crowd was 10 to 15 deep, and the confetti, streamers and computer cards dotted the sky, swirling in the wind.

Two blocks away, the crowds pushed through police barricades to get closer to the Phillies.  For a moment, they could touch the Comeback Kids, but police on horseback quickly moved them away.  The crowd was now 20 rows deep.

By the time the caravan reached South Broad Street, it was obvious that there would be empty desks in the public and parochial schools.  “A lot of classrooms were empty,” said a Philadelphia Board of Education spokesman.  “We don’t have figures… kids will be kids.”

At the Academy of Music, people leaned out of windows to cheer the Phillies.  McGraw, Bowa, Rose, Green, Owens, Manny Trillo, Carlton, Bob Boone, Mike Schmidt, Carlton, Greg Luzinski and Del Unser were all waving, all acknowledging the adulation.  Someone threw a rose to Schmidt, beer cans to rookie pitchers Bob Walk and Kevin Saucier who were in another truck, a Phillies banner to manager Green.  Mayor Green and Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter were among the few who seemed to react calmly to the enthusiasm of the crowd.

By now, beside those standing to see the Phillies, there were scores of youngsters running along with the parade on Broad Street and on 13th and 15th Streets.  Some had their faces painted red, others wore Phillies clothing and carried Phillies signs.

Bowa waved an oversized Phillies mitten to the crowd and Owens blew kisses.  Carlton waved and said softly, “We’re number one.”  Dallas Green kept pumping his clenched fist.

At Broad Street and Washington Avenue, the crowd had thinned to three or four deep.  People stood on their doorsteps with cameras.  Concession stands were selling helmets, pom-poms, T-shirts, buttons and pennants.  But as the Phillies bandwagon edged closer to the heart of South Philadelphia, the crowds grew again. 

“Hey, look,” said Anna Ialongo, at Broad and Snyder, pointing to her obvious pregnancy, “I’m getting my first after three years, and the Phillies are getting their first after 97 years.”

At Methodist Hospital at Broad and Wolf Streets, doctors and nurses in operating room gowns leaned out the window to salute the triumphant Phils.  Soon the parade was pulling into JFK Stadium, normally used only for the Army-Navy football game.

When the Phillies truck arrived, the roar began.  As the truck circled the stadium the roar got louder and louder until it seemed if something had to burst, and then the thousands roared some more.

Finally the Phillies truck parked.  The team’s fight song, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” was barely heard in the cheers.  Trillo’s lips moved along with the song and he smiled.  Gov. Thornburgh, who had missed the parade because of a prior commitment, arrived and climbed on the Phillies bandwagon.

Schmidt hugged his daughter, Jessica Rae, 1, and told a reporter, “She doesn’t talk to the press.”  The reporter and Schmidt laughed.

Phillies announcer Harry Kalas finally spoke:  “Good afternoon, you beautiful fans.  Yes we did it.  How does this sound?  Philadelphia Phillies, champions of baseball!”

He introduced Thornburgh, who smiled good-naturedly through the boos.  “Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, today is the baseball capital of the world.  All Pennsylvania is proud of you.”

Mayor Green was just as brief, saying, “This is the greatest baseball team in the world, you are the greatest fans in the world and this is the greatest city in the world.  We’re number one!”

Carpenter, Owens and manager Green spoke, but the crowd wanted the players.

Kalas introduced the non-starters and coaches first and there was warm applause for everyone.  Then he introduced the starters, beginning with Carlton.  There were good-natured cries of “speech, speech” to Carlton who never speaks to the press, but the big left-hander smiled graciously and waved to the crowd.  The first Phillie to speak was Boone, who thanked the audience for “allowing me to earn a living playing a game I love.”

Bowa, who has criticized the fans in the past, took an opportunity yesterday to praise them.  “I tell ya, this is probably the greatest moment of my entire life and I’m glad I can share it with the greatest fans in baseball.”

Schmidt and Rose spoke and then Kalas said the man who had to close the festivities was McGraw, relief pitcher extraordinaire.  McGraw tossed out his “stick it” to New York City line, then Luzinski and Rose held aloft the championship trophy.

As the Phils left the stadium, the fans were chanting, “We’re number one,” and McGraw said to no one in particular:  “I’m so glad to be part of this.”

Also contributing to this article were Inquirer staff writers Fredric N. Tulsky, Jan Pogue, Robert R. Frump and Roger Cohn.
 

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