Remembering the Philadelphia Phillies first World Series title


Jun 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Philadelphia Phillies put on a fireworks display for their fans at the conclusion of a game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 5-3 in the bottom of the fourteenth inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

A crowd of 65,838 at Veterans Stadium, along with Philadelphia Phillies fans everywhere, remember October 21st, 1980 quite well.  That night, the Phillies were officially World Series champions for the first time in franchise history.

On the same date the Kansas City Royals open the 2014 World Series with the San Francisco Giants, their fans will always remember their 4-1 loss to the Phillies in game six of the 1980 Fall Classic.

Starting pitcher Steve Carlton improved to 3-0 with a seven inning gem.  He only gave up four hits while striking out seven.

Tug McGraw came on for a 6-out save, his fourth.

Pete Rose and Garry Maddox each had multi-hit games, but either drove in a run or scored one themselves.

Mike Schmidt went 1-for-3 and had two RBIs.  He was named World Series Most Valuable Player after going 8-for-21 in the series with two home runs and seven RBIs along with six runs and four walks.

The Phillies also won a World Series game on October 21st in 1993.

Curt Schilling improved to 1-1 with a complete-game shutout in which he struck out six members of the Toronto Blue Jays.  He walked just three batters and surrendered five hits.

Behind Schilling, Philadelphia put up just two runs in the 2-0 win.

John Kruk and Kevin Stocker drove in one run each in the first and second inning, respectively.

In 2009 on October 21st the Phillies earned a trip to the World Series by winning 10-4 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jayson Werth slugged a pair of homers and drove in four runs with a 3-for-4 effort.

Shane Victorino also went yard off a much younger Clayton Kershaw and drove in three runs in the World Series clincher.