Skip to comments.Phillies lose 10,000th game
Posted on 07/15/2007 10:54:03 PM PDT by GOP_Raider
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Through the last-place finishes, September collapses and every agonizing failure over the past 125 seasons, no team has lost quite like the Philadelphia Phillies.
Futility has followed them since the day they were born, and Sunday night was no different for the losingest team sports history. Loss No. 10,000 came when Albert Pujols hit two of the St. Louis Cardinals' six homers in a 10-2 rout.
Not surprisingly, this defeat resembled the thousands that came before. Bad starting pitching, brutal relief and hardly any hitting. And, of course, lots of booing.
"I don't know too much about 10,000 losses," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I try and concentrate on the wins."
From Connie Mack Stadium to the Vet and Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies have had few moments to celebrate. The franchise, born in 1883 as the Philadelphia Quakers and briefly called the Blue Jays in the mid-1940s, fell to 8,810-10,000.
Next on the losing list: the Braves, with 9,681 defeats. It took them stints in three cities (Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta) to reach that total. Not even those lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs, come close at 9,425.
And for those counting, it was the 58th time the Phillies have lost by that exact 10-2 score, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
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For the baseball folk.
Headline looks like a mass media hit piece on the Iraqi war!
At least they hold a record. They should be admitted to the baseball hall of blame, or shame.
an average of 80 losses a year. I remember going to a game at the old Vet back in the late 80’s and not even having to get up to get a foul ball that landed several seats away from me and rolled up to my seat.
Let it be known-
The Braves franchise has existed since 1870, 13 years before the Phillies. It is also the only team to have played EVERY SEASON since the inception of the Major Leagues.
The second place in losing merely reflects this.
That is all.
I’ll never forget the world Series we missed in 1964 when the Phillies choked and Ran out of gas in their Bull pen. I’ll never forget the year in the early 70’s when carleton was pushing 30 wins and was most of the wins on the entire staff combined. I’ll never forget in the 1990’s when the Phillies would play over their heads against the Yankees and win the series and Steinbrenner would go nuts!
I’ll never forget when tug mCGraw Came out during the ceremonies to close the Vet! I ‘ll never forget in HS my summer Job delivering Beer to BY Saam’s house the Voice Harry was replacing..
I’ll never forget flying into Toronto a week after the World series loss...and my potential JV Partner taking me to the hard Rock at the Toronto Blue Jays.. and Pointing out where Joe Carters Homerun hit!
I’ll never forget the Security guards pound their fists in their hands and looking at the Angelo Cataldi WIP crowd in the 700 level their to Boo JD Drew...The Philly security were actually inciting violence it was my last Phillies game in philly!
The Braves, bigger losers than the Cubs? LMAO!! Losers!!
If you hadn’t mentioned it I would never have known.
According to the Fox broadcasters tonight, the Braves started the exact same year as the Phillies.
And their games are on WGN.
Godamn...I remember being a kid and the old farts at the VFW drinking kegs of that crap. One good way to prevent kids from sneaking beer is to buy Schmidts. The most godawful swill! And...oh yeah...instead of taking the percentage of games lost the MSM just look at the totals. The Phillies are a cool team. So are the A’s. About the only thing good about Philly anymore. I miss those free Tower Theater and Mann Music center concerts.
That’s y they’re called FANS.
When the “As” were in town the Nat league Phils were like a minor league team.Nobody cared
I don’t think that’s true. I’m sure there’s been some kind of Braves franchise for that long, but the team that’s currently in Atlanta and was previously in Milwaukee and Boston probably can’t trace itself back to 1870. The National League began play in 1876 and The Cincinnati Reds are pretty much acknowledged as the oldest team currently playing that has operated continuously in the same major league system. Before the NL started, there were lots of organized leagues, pro and semi-pro, but not any that we’d really recognize as a “major league” today.
In fact, the National League in the late 1890s contracted from 12 to eight teams. I think Baltimore, Louisville, Cleveland and Washington were the four cities the NL dumped. This helped make way for the American League’s founding in 1901, with three of those four cities, plus Boston, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Chicago and Detroit filling out the league. In 1902, Milwaukee moved to St. Louis and in 1903 Baltimore moved to New York and that was the American League for 50 years.
I think you’re right on it. My research on the matter was only the past few weeks of glanced stats. I haven’t been into baseball much since elementary school and just now started following again.
Still... I like to think the age of the Bravos can account for the “lead” on the cubs.
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