The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Stars like Mike Schmidt, Pete Alexander, Dick Allen, Steve Carlton, and Jimmy Rollins all have called the city of Philadelphia home at one point. But while the Phillies have yet to match the success that the former-Philadelphia Athletics did during the early parts of the 20th century, the Phillies have given the city plenty to cheer about over the years. Here’s a look at the Phillies’ World Series history.
Philadelphia Phillies World Series history
The Phillies franchise has won two World Series titles, in 1980 and 2008.
Despite being founded in 1883, the Phillies were far from the most successful team in the National League during the team’s first 100 seasons. Between 1883-1975, the Phillies won the National League pennant just twice. The first came in 1915, a season that saw the Phillies lose in the World Series to the Boston Red Sox. The Phillies would return to the World Series in 1950, but would be swept by the Yankees.
Things, however, turned in the right direction for the Phillies franchise starting in 1976. From 1976-1981, the Phillies would make the MLB Playoffs five out of those six seasons, thanks to a core led by Baseball Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt. Philadelphia would win its first title in 1980, defeating the Kansas City Royals in six games.
Philadelphia would return to the Fall Class in 1983 and 1993, but lose on both occasions. The Phillies would lose in five to the Orioles in 1983, and fall to the Blue Jays 10 years later.
The mid-2000’s would be yet again another resurgence of the Phillies franchise. Homegrown stars like Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Cole Hamels would lead Philadelphia back into the MLB Playoffs in 2007. While the Phillies fell to the Rockies that season, the Phillies’ time would come the following season.
The Phillies would win in 2008, beating the Rays in five game to win the franchise’s second World Series crown. After that appearance, Philadelphia would return to the Fall Classic in 2009 and 2022. Both times, though, the Phillies would be unsuccessful in claiming a third title.