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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies Franchise History - A Fan's Essentials



1. Philadelphia Phillies – The Team Name
This franchise was established in 1883. The team has been known by a number of names as follows:
Philadelphia Phillies/Quakers 1883-1889
Philadelphia Phillies 1890-1943
Philadelphia Phillies/Blue Jays 1944-1945
Philadlephia Phillies 1946-Present
Note: The history of the Phillies’ Quaker nickname prior to 1890 is the subject of a bit of debate, largely because nicknames were somewhat unofficial in baseball’s early years. And in an odd move, in 1944 and 1945 the Phillies experimented with changing the team nickname to the Blue Jays, and went so far as to add a Blue Jay on the sleeve of the jersey, but the name never caught on they remained the Phillies during this two year period. Thus it is generally acknowledged that the Philadelphia Phillies are the longest standing same-named, same-city team in American professional sports.

2. Philadelphia Phillies – The Championship Record
Two World Series Championships:
1980 defeated Kansas City Royals 4 games to 2
2008 defeated Tampa Bay Rays 4 games to 1

Seven National League Pennants:
1915 90 wins - 62 losses
1950 91 wins - 63 losses
1980 91 wins - 71 losses
1983 90 wins - 72 losses
1993 97 wins - 65 losses
2008 92 wins - 70 losses
2009 93 wins - 69 losses

3. Philadelphia Phillies – Home Stadium History
1. Recreation Park, Philadelphia
1883-86
2. Baker Bowl, Philadelphia
aka National League Park, Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Huntington Avenue Grounds
1887-94
3. Baker Bowl II, Philadelphia
1895-1938
4. Shibe Park / Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia
1938-1970
5. Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
1970-2003
6. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
2004-Present

4. For more information on the Phillies, you should bookmark these two great websites:

For a huge amount of great historic information:
www.baseball-almanac.com/teams/phillies.shtml

For great information about the team's ballparks:
www.ballparks.com


5. Celebrate the Phillies' uniform history by owning a piece of history:
If you love the Philadelphia Phillies and the history of the Phillies franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 17 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 17 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)



If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Philadelphia Phillies YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_bWnC8IPas or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Philadelphia-Phillies-c153/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at www.heritagesportsart.com (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/ssillcox

And please search my blog archive http://heritagejerseys.blogspot.com/ for other blogs on the history of the Phillies.

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This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 15, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at ssillcox@rogers.com !

Many thanks!!!
Scott

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