In 1884, Harry Wright, the former manager of baseball’s first openly professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was recruited as a manager in hopes of reversing the team’s fortunes. Also in 1884, the team changed its name to the “Philadelphias”, as it was common for baseball teams in that era to be named after their cities, for instance, the “Boston’s” ...
By the late 1950s, Carpenter decided that the Phillies needed a new home. As mentioned above, he never wanted to buy Connie Mack Stadium in the first place and was now convinced there was no way he could make money playing there. The stadium didn’t have nearly enough parking, and the neighborhood around it had already gone to seed. To ...
The 1980 World Series matched the Philadelphia Phillies against the Kansas City Royals, with the Phillies winning in six games to capture the first of two World Series titles in franchise history to date. The series concluded after Game 6, which ended with Tug McGraw striking out Willie Wilson at 11:29 pm on October 21, 1980. Wilson set a World ...
Citizens Bank Park is a 43,651 seat baseball park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, and home of the Philadelphia Phillies. It is commonly referred to by locals simply as “The Bank” or “CBP”. Citizens Bank Park opened on April 3, 2004, and hosted its first regular-season baseball game on April 12 of the same year, ...
The 2008 World Series was the 104th World Series between the American and National Leagues for the championship of Major League Baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies, as champions of the National League, and the Tampa Bay Rays, as American League champions, competed to win four games out of a possible seven.
History of the Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of the professional American sports, dating back to 1883. The Phillies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Since 2004, the team’s home has been Citizens Bank Park, located in South Philadelphia.
The franchise was founded in Philadelphia in 1883, replacing the team from Worcester, Massachusetts, in the National League. The team has played at several stadiums in the city, beginning with Recreation Park and continuing at Baker Bowl; Shibe Park, which was later renamed Connie Mack Stadium in honor of the longtime Philadelphia Athletics manager; Veterans Stadium, and now Citizens Bank Park.
From 1883 to 2021, the Phillies' overall win-loss record is 9,935–11,112 (.472). Despite their longevity and their rabid fan base, the Phillies are a team historically associated with futility, being the first American sports franchise to amass over 10,000 losses. The team has only won two World Series titles, winning their first in 1980 (the last of the "Original Sixteen" Major League Baseball franchises to win a World Series), and their second in 2008. The franchise holds the world record for most ever losses by a single franchise in any professional sport.
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1883 – 1999 / National League
1883 – Present / Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies – Founded in 1883 as the Quakers, the franchise changed its nickname to the Philadelphias, which soon became Phillies. “Phillies” or “Phils” is a short form of “Philadelphias”, in the style of the 19th Century, when a city would be referred to by writers that way (“Bostons,” “Chicagos,” etc.) Philadelphia itself is often called “Philly” for short. New owner Robert Carpenter held a contest to rename the team in 1943 and Blue Jays was selected as the winner. While the team wore a Blue Jay patch on its uniforms for a couple of seasons, the nickname failed to catch on.
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2004 – Present / Citizens Bank Park
1971 – 2003 / Veterans Stadium
1927, 1938 – 1970 / Connie Mack Stadium
1938 – 1952 / Shibe Park
1887 – 1938 / Baker Bowl
1895 – 1913 / National League Park
1887 – 1895 / Philadelphia Base Ball Grounds
1883 – 1886 / Recreation Park
1981 – Present / Phillies Limited Partnership
1972 – 1981 / Ruly Carpenter
1950 – 1972 / Robert Carpenter
1943 – 1950 / R. R. M. Carpenter
1943 / William B. Cox
1931 – 1942 / Gerald Nugent
1913 – 1930 / William Baker
1909 – 1913 / Horace Fogel
1905 – 1909 / Bill Shettsline
1903 – 1905 / James Potter
1899 – 1903 / John Rogers
1883 – 1899 / Al Reach & John Rogers
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
1 / Richie Ashburn
14 / Jim Bunning
15 / Dick Allen
20 / Mike Schmidt
32 / Steve Carlton
36 / Robin Roberts
42 / Jackie Robinson
*Blue is this team’s history