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Philadelphia Phillies History
One of the 19th century National League franchises, the club was founded in Philadelphia in 1883. Then the Philadelphia Quakers, the names "Quakers" and "Phillies" would coexist starting with their second year of existence, and continue until 1889. The team attempted to change names in 1943 to the Philadelphia Blue Jays to change the team's image, but it only lasted two years.
At the outset of the 20th century, the team made its home in the Baker Bowl. After much fighting to get out of their lease and the badly aging stadium, they moved into Connie Mack Stadium (then Shibe Park), home of their American League rivals, the Philadelphia Athletics. The A's would move in 1954 to Kansas City, Missouri, eventually moving to Oakland to become today's Oakland Athletics.
The Phillies have won one World Series Championship in their history, against the Kansas City Royals in 1980. In addition to their 1980 World Series victory, the Phillies have made four other World Series appearances, losing in 1983 to the Baltimore Orioles, in 1993 to the Toronto Blue Jays, in 1915 to the Boston Red Sox and being swept by the New York Yankees in 1950.
On September 30, 2007, the Phillies won the NL East Division for the first time since 1993, overcoming the New York Mets, who led the division for most of the season, on the season's last day.
Of the sixteen original American and National League teams (i.e, those in existence prior to the 1961-1962 expansion of the two leagues), the Phillies were the last team to win their first World Series, with their 1980 defeat of the favored Kansas City Royals in six games being their only World Series championship. Due in part to the age of the club, the Phillies became the first team in the four major sports to surpass 10,000 losses in franchise history in 2007.
Even though their sweep from the playoffs was a disappointment, the Phillies started on their quest for October baseball in 2008 by trading OF Michael Bourn, RHP Geoff Geary, and 3B Michael Costanzo (since traded to the Baltimore Orioles) to the Houston Astros for RHP Brad Lidge and IF Eric Bruntlett. They also re-signed LHP J.C. Romero to a three-year deal, in addition to bringing back manager Charlie Manuel and the rest of the coaching staff.
The Phillies signed OF Geoff Jenkins to a two-year deal, to be the left-handed part of a platoon with right-handed OF Jayson Werth. They also signed OF So Taguchi to a one-year deal, as a pinch hitter/backup outfielder. With these new outfielders coming into town, the Phillies sold OF Chris Roberson to the Baltimore Orioles. Most recently, the Phillies acquired free-agent 3B Pedro Feliz, formerly of the San Francisco Giants, inking him to a two-year contract worth $8.5 million. These additions relegated IF/OF Greg Dobbs to a utility role, where he excelled last season as the team's primary left-handed pinch hitter.
Major League Baseball's website also recently named the Phillies as the favorites for the National League East championship for 2008.
Information excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_phillies. All Rights Reserved.
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