Fans of the Philadelphia Phillies are being offered a tasty treat today from the folks at the MLB Network. Airing at various times on Friday, May 22, 2020 are each of the four victories by the Phillies during the 1980 World Series.
That Fall Classic was the first ever won by the Phillies franchise, which was then in the 98th season of existence. The Phillies defeated the Kansas City Royals in Games 1, 2, 5, and 6, clinching the championship in front of the home fans on October 21, 1980.
I had the pleasure of attending Game 2 at Veterans Stadium as an 18-year-old, sitting in aluminum bleacher-style bench seating installed at the very top of The Vet’s 700 level for just that occasion. Attending with my uncle Frank LoBiondo (RIP), our seats were directly above and behind home plate.
The Phillies would win that one in dramatic style, rallying from a 4-2 deficit to score four runs in the bottom of the 8th to win 6-4. I can still clearly picture Bake McBride sliding home after scoring all the way from first base on Mike Schmidt‘s go-ahead RBI double off Royals closer Dan Quisenberry. That win put the team up 2-0 in the series at the time.
The four games are scheduled to be broadcast at the following times:
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Phillies fans should tune in whenever possible today. If you cannot watch ‘live’ this is most definitely a major DVR alert. Watch Wall of Fame manager Dallas Green guide the MVP performance of Schmidt, the greatest player in franchise history, along with the heroics of Wall of Famers Steve Carlton, Larry Bowa, Tug McGraw, Garry Maddox, Greg Luzinski, Bob Boone, and the upcoming new honoree Manny Trillo, along with the rest of those 1980 heroes.