On This Date in History: The Phillies Win the 1980 World Series

The Phillies were no strangers to the World Series. They made appearances in the in the 1915 World Series and the 1950 World Series. In each series the Phillies came up short, losing in 1915 to the Red Sox and in 1950 to the New York Yankees. In 1980 they were given another chance to finally bring home the coveted title. A tight race between the KC Royals, who also were not strangers to second place, and the Philadelphia Phillies began. The Phillies won Games 1 & 2 at “The Vet” and then went on the road to KC for the next three games. KC took Games 3 & 4, but the Phillies were able to take Game 5 for the lead in the series. Now, back at home for Game 6 Tug McGraw loaded the bases three times in the last two innings but only giving up one run to hold their lead to 4-1. With one out and the bases loaded in the ninth Frank White hit a high foul pop near the Phillies dugout. Catcher Bob Boone got under it, the ball bounced in and out. First baseman Pete Rose was close behind and was able to grab the loose ball for out number two. Willie Wilson was next up to bat only to be struck out. The Phillies won the title! 



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