1915: PHILLIES VS. RED SOX

Philadelphia was the site of six of the first 12 World Series. Five were at Shibe Park, home of the American League Philadelphia Athletics. In 1915 the Series was played for the first time in the city's National League park-Baker Bowl. Under manager Pat Moran, the Phillies won the NL pennant by seven games over the Boston Braves. The club was led by right-handed pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, a 31-game winner (including 12 shutouts), and the NL home run leader, outfielder Gavvy Cravath. His 24 homers were a major league record until Babe Ruth belted 29 in 1919. As a team, the Phillies had the league's lowest ERA (2.18). Offensively, they led the NL with 58 homers, but in the Series they homered only once and batted .182 against the Red Sox. Although Fenway Park was home for the Red Sox, they played their home games in the Series at the newly-constructed Braves Field.

Game 1, October 8
The Phillies produced two runs in the eighth inning on two walks and a pair of infield singles by Fred Luderus and George Whitted to break a 1-1 tie, giving the Phillies their first WS win, 3-1. Grover Cleveland Alexander scattered eight singles in a complete-game victory. Babe Ruth, an 18-year-old left-handed pitcher who led the AL with 18 wins, was used as a pinch-hitter, his only appearance in the Series.

		R	H	E	WP: Alexander; LP: Shore
Boston		1	8	1	HR: None
Phillies	3	5	1	Att: 19,343

Game 2, October 9
Woodrow Wilson became the first President to throw out the first ball at a World Series game. Rube Foster three-hit the Phillies and singled in the winning run in the top of the ninth inning of a 2-1 decision.

		R	H	E	WP: Foster; LP: Mayer
Boston		2	10	0	HR: None
Phillies	1	3	1	Att: 20,306

Game 3, October 11
Another three-hitter, this one by Dutch Leonard, produced another 2-1 Boston victory. Duffy Lewis' two-out single to center drove in Harry Hooper with the winning run in the last of the ninth inning. The game in Boston drew 42,300, a WS record.

		R	H	E	WP: Leonard; LP: Alexander
Phillies	1	3	0	HR: None
Boston		2	6	1	Att: 42,300

Game 4, October 12
Ernie Shore pitched Boston's third straight 2-1 win. Fred Luderus had three of the Phillies' seven hits, including the lone RBI in the eighth inning. The series returned to Philadelphia with Boston leading, 3-1.

		R	H	E	WP: Shore; LP: Chalmers
Phillies	1	7	0	HR: None
Boston		2	8	1	Att: 41,096

Game 5, October 13
Rube Foster pitched Boston's fifth straight complete game, Harry Hooper belted two homers and Duffy Lewis one as the Red Sox won another one-run decision, 5-4. Hooper's second homer was the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning. The victory gave the Red Sox their third World Series championship (1905 and 1912).

		R	H	E	WP: Foster; LP: Rixey
Boston		5	10	1	HR: Luderus, Hooper (2), Lewis
Phillies	4	9	1	Att: 20,306

1950: PHILLIES VS. YANKEES

Dick Sisler's 10th-inning home run on the final day of the 1950 season at Brooklyn sent the Phillies into the World Series for the second time in their history. Dubbed the Whiz Kids because of their youth, Eddie Sawyer's club was led by CF Richie Ashburn, RF Del Ennis, 3B Willie Jones, SS Granny Hamner and RHP Robin Roberts, all products of the farm system. Veteran reliever Jim Konstanty appeared in a club-record 74 games, won 16 and saved 22. Roberts, who started the final game in Brooklyn, his third start in the last five games, won 20 games, the start of six straight 20-win seasons. Ennis led the club a .311 average and topped the NL with 126 RBI. Ashburn hit .303 and led the NL with 14 triples. A 3.50 staff ERA ranked lowest in the National League.

Game 1, October 4
Because Roberts had started so many times in the final week, manager Eddie Sawyer surprised everyone by naming relief ace Jim Konstanty the starter. Konstanty allowed one run over eight innings but Vic Raschi blanked the Phillies on two singles in the Series opener at Shibe Park, a 1-0 NY win.

		R	H	E	WP: Raschi; LP: Konstanty
New York	1	5	0	HR: None
Phillies	0	2	1	Att: 30,746

Game 2, October 5
Robin Roberts started the second game and worked all 10 innings, a 2-1 loss when Joe DiMaggio homered into the upper deck in left field in the 10th inning. Richie Ashburn drove in the Phillies' lone run with a fifth-inning single.

		R	H	E	WP: Reynolds; LP: Roberts
New York	2	10	0	HR: DiMaggio
Phillies	1	7	0	Att: 32,660

Game 3, October 6
Trailing, 2-1, the Yankees won another one-run game with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Jerry Coleman, who drove in the winning run in Game 1, singled with two out in the last of the ninth for the game-winner.

		R	H	E	WP: Ferrick; LP: Meyer
Phillies	2	10	2	HR: None
New York	3	7	0	Att: 65,791
Game 4, October 7
Rookie sensation Whitey Ford blanked the Phillies for eight innings as the Yankees swept the Series with a 5-2 decision. It was the Yankees' 13th World Championship.
		R	H	E	WP: Ford; LP: Miller
Phillies	2	7	1	HR: Berra
New York	5	8	2	Att: 69,098

1980: PHILLIES VS. ROYALS

After falling short of advancing to the World Series in 1976, 1977 and 1978, the Phillies survived the gut-wrenching NLCS against Houston to reach the Fall Classic for the third time in their history. "When we were playing Houston, Pete Rose told me, 'If we win this thing, you'll find the World Series a piece of cake.' Houston prepared us for everything," said manager Dallas Green. A team that wouldn't die in the five-game NLCS faced the Kansas City Royals, who eliminated the New York Yankees in the ALCS. It was the first WS for the Royals. KC led the American League in team batting, triples, hits and stolen bases. The Phillies, on the other hand, failed to lead the NL in anything. Individually, Mike Schmidt topped the NL in homers (48), total bases (342), RBI (121) and slugging percentage (.624). He wound up winning two MVPs that year, the regular season award and the WS award. Steve Carlton won the Cy Young Award after leading the league in wins (24), strikeouts (286) and innings pitched (304.0).

Game 1, October 14
The Phillies came from behind in four of the five NLCS games and followed the same pattern in the World Series. KC took a 4-0 lead in Game 1 after three innings before the Phillies got going. Larry Bowa singled and daringly stole second. It was the spark of a five-run inning, capped by Bake McBride's three-run homer. Leading by a run, Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to end the game and give the Phillies a 7-6 win.

Game 2, October 15
Again, the Phillies fell behind, this time 4-2 going into the eighth. RBI hits by Del Unser, Bake McBride, Mike Schmidt and Keith Moreland produced four runs. Ron Reed struck out John Wathan to end the game, a 6-4 Phillies triumph.

Game 3, October 17
Three times Kansas City scored a single run and each time the Phillies came back with a single run in their next at-bat. The Royals delighted their home crowd by winning, 4-3, in 10 innings when Willie Aikens singled with the bases loaded against Tug McGraw.

Game 4, October 18
Once again, the Phillies fell behind, but this time they didn't come back. Willie Aikens homered in each of the first two innings to set the pace for a 5-3 KC win that tied the Series. But, something happened in the fourth inning that set the tone for the rest of the Series. Reliever Dickie Noles brushed back George Brett with the count 0 and 2. Brett would only get three singles and Aikens one hit in the remaining two games.

Game 5, October 19
Trailing, 3-2, going into the top of the ninth, the "Comeback Kids" did it again. Mike Schmidt singled off George Brett's glove and scored the tying run on a double by pinch-hitter Del Unser. Two outs later, Manny Trillo singled on a two-strike count to drive in Unser with the lead run. The Royals loaded the bases in the ninth but Tug McGraw struck out Jose Cardenal to end the game. Three Phillies wins. Three KC strikeouts to end each win.

Game 6, October 21
Over 65,000 jammed Veterans Stadium looking for a Phillies win and their first World Championship. The script, this time, didn't call for a comeback win. The Phillies grabbed a four-run lead before the Royals chased Steve Carlton with an eighth-inning run. Three more outs were all the Phillies and Tug McGraw needed. After Amos Otis struck out, Frank White lofted a foul pop in front of the Phillies dugout. Bob Boone and Pete Rose converged. The ball bounced off Boone's glove but the ever-alert Rose was there to make the catch. At 11:29 p.m. Veterans Stadium erupted when McGraw fanned Willie Wilson to win the World Series.

1983: PHILLIES VS. ORIOLES

When two New York teams meet in the World Series, it is referred to as the "Subway Series." Say hello to the "I-95 Series," the Phillies against the Baltimore Orioles. Paul Owens replaced Pat Corrales as the Phillies manager on July 18 with the team in second place. Under Owens, the Phillies were 47-30, including a 22-7 September. After eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, 3-1, the Phillies advanced to their second World Series in four seasons. The Orioles won the American League East and got past the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, to earn the right to face the Phillies. Baltimore was last in the Series in 1979, losing to Pittsburgh. John Denny led the National League with 19 wins and succeeded Steve Carlton as the league's Cy Young Award winner. Cal Ripken Jr. was the AL MVP.

Game 1, October 11
Playing in the rain, the Phillies edged the Orioles, 2-1, at Memorial Stadium, a game in which all the runs came on homers. Jim Dwyer put the Birds on top with a first-inning homer off John Denny. Joe Morgan tied it in the sixth and Garry Maddox delivered a game-winning shot in the eighth inning.

		R	H	E	WP: Denny; LP: McGregor; SV: Holland
Phillies	2	5	0	HR: Morgan, Maddox, Dwyer
Baltimore	1	5	1	Att: 52,204

Game 2, October 12
Rookies Charles Hudson and Mike Boddicker were the starting pitchers. The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Joe Lefebvre's sacrifice fly. Hudson retired 12 of the first 13 hitters but couldn't survive the fifth when the Orioles scored three times. Final: 4-1, with the Series heading north on I-95 to Veterans Stadium.

		R	H	E	WP: Boddicker; LP: Hudson
Phillies	1	3	0	HR: Lowenstein
Baltimore	4	9	1	Att: 52,132

Game 3, October 14
Leadoff homers in the second (Gary Matthews) and third (Joe Morgan) innings staked Steve Carlton to a 2-0 lead. Baltimore cut the lead with a sixth-inning run and won the game with a pair in the seventh, the first coming on Benny Ayala's single and the second on an error by Ivan DeJesus.

		R	H	E	WP: Palmer; LP: Carlton; SV: Martinez
Baltimore	3	6	1	HR: Matthews, Morgan, Ford
Phillies	2	8	2	Att: 65,792

Game 4, October 15
Again, the Phillies took a lead, 3-2, after five innings. The Orioles tied a WS record with four consecutive pinch-hitters in a two-run sixth inning. The eventual game-winning run scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter John Shelby. The Phillies scored a run in the ninth to pull within 5-4 but Joe Morgan lined to second to end the game.

		R	H	E	WP: Davis; LP: Denny; SV: Martinez
Baltimore	5	10	1	HR: None
Phillies	4	10	0	Att: 66,947

Game 5, October 16
Scott McGregor's five-hit shutout brought Baltimore the World Championship. The Orioles also had only five hits but three were home runs, two shots by Eddie Murray and one by Rick Dempsey.

		R	H	E	WP: McGregor; LP: Hudson
Baltimore	5	5	0	HR: Murray (2), Dempsey
Phillies	0	5	1	Att: 67,064

1993: PHILLIES VS. BLUE JAYS

A colorful bunch of Phillies nicknamed Dutch, Dude, Head, Krukker, The Wild Thing, DJ, Schill, Eisey and Inky went from last place in 1992 to the World Series the following year. After leading the Eastern Division virtually the entire season, the Phillies then upset the defending National League champion Atlanta Braves, 4-2, in the League Championship Series. It set up a World Series contest against the defending champion Toronto Blue Jays. The two teams had met numerous times in spring training as the Phillies camp was in Clearwater (FL) and Toronto in Dunedin, about five miles north. The Phillies led the NL in runs scored, hits, doubles, walks and on-base percentage. The pitching staff was tops in complete games and strikeouts. Toronto had the highest team average in the AL and also led in slugging percentage. The Blue Jays' bullpen recorded 50 saves, the most in the league.

Game 1, October 16
The SkyDome was packed for the first game, an 8-5 victory for the Blue Jays. Devon White and John Olerud homered and reliever Al Leiter picked up the win with 2.2 scoreless innings. "I played little mind games, thinking I was in Clearwater in spring training," said Leiter.

		R	H	E	WP: Leiter; LP: Schilling; SV: Ward
Phillies	5	11	1	HR: White, Olerud
Toronto		8	10	3	Att: 52,011

Game 2, October 17
Jim Eisenreich capped a five-run third inning with a three-run homer off Dave Stewart. Lenny Dykstra also homered and made two outstanding catches, crashing into the center-field wall in the third and fourth innings. The scene shifted to Veterans Stadium with the Series knotted at one-all.

		R	H	E	WP: Mulholland; LP: Stewart; SV: Williams
Phillies	6	12	0	HR: Eisenreich, Dykstra, Carter
Toronto		4	8	0	Att: 52,062

Game 3, October 19
Paul Molitor, the DH in Toronto, played first base against LHP Danny Jackson. The veteran led the offense with a single, triple, home run and three RBI as the Blue Jays coasted to a 10-3 victory.

		R	H	E	WP: Hentgen; LP: Jackson
Toronto		10	13	1	HR: Thompson, Molitor
Phillies	3	9	0	Att: 62,689

Game 4, October 20
Lenny Dykstra turned in an incredible performance, a double, two homers, four runs scored, four RBI, a stolen base and an assist, but the Blue Jays rallied from 6-3, 12-7 and 14-9 deficits to win, 15-14, with a six-run eighth inning. The game lasted 4:14, longest in WS history.

		R	H	E	WP: Castillo; LP: Williams; SV: Ward
Toronto		15	17	0	HR: Dykstra (2), Daulton
Phillies	14	14	1	Att: 62,731

Game 5, October 21
Facing elimination, Curt Schilling rose to the occasion with the Phillies' first WS shutout, 2-0. Following an 18-hit attack the previous game, Schilling held the Blue Jays to five singles. "I don't think we had any choice but for him to pitch nine," said John Kruk, who drove in a first-inning run. "Our bullpen was depleted. And if it wasn't depleted, it was shellshocked."

		R	H	E	WP: Schilling; LP: Guzman
Toronto		0	5	1	HR: None
Phillies	2	5	1	Att: 62,706

Game 6, October 23
Veteran outfielder Joe Carter hit one of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history, a three-run shot over the left field wall in the last of the ninth to lift the Blue Jays to an 8-6 win and their second consecutive World Championship. They were the first team since the 1977-78 Yankees to repeat. Lenny Dykstra finished with four home runs, tying him for second for the most homers in one Series.

		R	H	E	WP: Ward; LP: Williams
Phillies	6	7	0	HR: Dykstra, Molitor, Carter
Toronto		8	10	2	Att: 52,195