1883, the National League's Philadelphia Phillies are the longest standing, one-name, one-location team in all professional American sports. Also, amongst franchises having played enough all time games to have eliminated most statistical anomalies, they are the worst team in the the history of all American professional sports (in terms of winning percentage.)
Imaginitively named for a verbal shorthand of their city of residence ("Philly"), the Phillies were before coming to Philadelphia the Worcester, Massachusetts Brown Stockings. The name has absolutely nothing to do with horses. Their initial owners were John Rodgers and Al Reach[?], the first ever professional baseball player according to many definitions.
The Phillies Franchise historically had four strong winning periods:
Since Mike Schmidt retired in 1987, the Phillies have had 14 losing seasons, a streak broken only once by a World Series berth in 1993. Beloved by the city of Philadelphia, this team with names such as Darren Daulton[?], John Kruk[?], Lenny Dykstra[?], and Curt Schilling surprised the city and the nation with their achievements. Losing to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series, giving the Canadians two consecutive World Series titles, was nonetheless disappointing. The team was often described as "shaggy," "unkempt" and "dirty." The previous year, noting the presence of the clean-cut Dale Murphy[?], Kruk himself described the team as "24 morons and one Mormon." Some possibly justified detractors noted: "awfully white, aren't they? You'd think a major league baseball team ought to have more blacks and latinos." Their character, with the exception of the lack of diversity, endeared them to Philadelphia, and attendance records were set the following season. But with that season's (1994) player strike, most of the Phillies' fan base was greatly offended, and since then the Phillies have consistently placed near the bottom of the league in both record and attendance.
Baseball Hall of Famers:
Not to be forgotten:
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