1980 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1980 Philadelphia Phillies season was the team's 98th season in Major League Baseball (MLB) and culminated with the Phillies winning the World Series at home by defeating the Kansas City Royals in Game 6 on Oct. 21, 1980.

1980 Philadelphia Phillies
1980 National League East Division Champion
1980 National League Champion
1980 World Series Champion
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)R. R. M. "Ruly" Carpenter III
General manager(s)Paul Owens
Manager(s)Dallas Green
Local televisionWPHL-TV
Local radioKYW
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler, Tim McCarver)
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The team finished with a regular-season record of 91 wins and 71 losses, which was good enough to win the National League East title by just one game over the Montreal Expos. The Phillies went on to defeat the Houston Astros in the NLCS to gain their first NL title since 1950, and then defeated the Kansas City Royals to win their first World Series Championship. The 1980 Phillies became the first team in the divisional era (since 1969) to win the World Series despite having the worst record of all teams in the postseason.

The 1980 Phillies were known as "The Cardiac Kids" because of the many close games.[1]

Beginning that year, following the lead of the Yankees of the AL, the Phillies joined cable station PRISM with game broadcasts on that station.


  • December 13, 1978: Greg Gross was signed as a free agent by the team.[2]
  • December 20, 1979: Jerry Willard was signed as an amateur free agent.[3]
  • March 30, 1980: Dave Rader was traded by the Phillies to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later and cash. The Red Sox completed the deal by sending Stan Papi to the Phillies on May 12.[4]

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 9171 0.562 49–32 42–39
Montreal Expos 9072 0.556 1 51–29 39–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 8379 0.512 8 47–34 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 7488 0.457 17 41–40 33–48
New York Mets 6795 0.414 24 38–44 29–51
Chicago Cubs 6498 0.395 27 37–44 27–54

The Phillies won the National League East on the second-to-last day of the season with a 6–4 victory over the Expos in a game played in Montreal on October 4, 1980.[5][6]

Record vs. opponents

Los Angeles 7–117–59–910–911–17–56–66–69–913–57–5
New York9–38–104–84–85–78–106–1210–81–113–99–9
San Diego6–128–43–15–17–119–92–1011–14–86–610–87–5
San Francisco6–117–511–77–115–135–79–36–64–88–107–5
St. Louis6–69–97–55–75–76–129–99–98–105–75–7

Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day Starters
14Pete Rose1B
21Bake McBrideRF
31Garry MaddoxCF
20Mike Schmidt3B
19Greg LuzinskiLF
8Bob BooneC
10Larry BowaSS
9Manny Trillo2B
32Steve CarltonP


Notable transactions

  • April 7, 1980: Roger Freed was signed as a free agent by the Phillies.[8]
  • April 29, 1980: Juan Samuel was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies.[9]
  • June 3, 1980: 1980 Major League Baseball draft
    • Steve Jeltz was drafted by the Phillies in the 9th round.[10]
    • Rocky Childress was drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round.[11]
    • Darren Daulton was drafted by the Phillies in the 25th round.[12]
    • Kevin Romine was drafted by the Phillies in the 1st round (21st pick) of the secondary phase, but did not sign.[13]
  • July 17, 1980: Lerrin LaGrow was released by the Phillies.[14]
  • September 13, 1980: The Phillies traded a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for Sparky Lyle. The Phillies completed the deal by sending Kevin Saucier to the Rangers on November 19.[15]

Game log

1980 Game Log (Overall Record: 91–71)
April (6–9)
1April 11Expos6–3Steve Carlton (1–0)Steve Rogers (0–1)None48,4601–0
2April 12Expos6–2Dick Ruthven (1–0)Bill Lee (0–1)Tug McGraw (1)22,0652–0
3April 13Expos4–5 (10)Elías Sosa (1–0)Lerrin LaGrow (0–1)None28,1322–1
4April 15@ Cardinals2–7Pete Vuckovich (2–0)Randy Lerch (0–1)None8,1662–2
5April 16@ Cardinals8–3Steve Carlton (2–0)Bob Forsch (0–1)None10,9113–2
6April 18@ Expos5–7Scott Sanderson (1–0)Dick Ruthven (1–1)Woodie Fryman (1)41,2223–3
7April 19@ Expos13–4Larry Christenson (1–0)Steve Rogers (1–2)Dickie Noles (1)23,0884–3
8April 20@ Expos6–7Elías Sosa (2–0)Tug McGraw (0–1)None25,7224–4
9April 21Mets0–3Ray Burris (2–1)Steve Carlton (2–1)Neil Allen (4)23,8564–5
10April 22Mets14–8Kevin Saucier (1–0)Kevin Kobel (0–2)None21,3415–5
11April 23Mets2–3Mark Bomback (1–0)Lerrin LaGrow (0–2)Jeff Reardon (1)23,0255–6
12April 25Cardinals1–3Pete Vuckovich (3–1)Randy Lerch (0–2)Mark Littell (1)30,5165–7
13April 26Cardinals7–0Steve Carlton (3–1)John Fulgham (1–2)None25,1686–7
14April 27Cardinals1–10Bob Forsch (1–1)Dick Ruthven (1–2)None28,2006–8
April 29@ MetsPostponed (rain);[16] Makeup: August 17 as a traditional double-header
15April 30@ Mets0–2Mark Bomback (2–0)Randy Lerch (0–3)None4,5596–9
May (17–9)
16May 1@ Mets2–1Steve Carlton (4–1)Pete Falcone (1–2)Tug McGraw (2)5,9287–9
17May 2Dodgers9–5Ron Reed (1–0)Charlie Hough (0–1)None30,2948–9
18May 3Dodgers7–3Larry Christenson (2–0)Burt Hooton (2–2)None35,0119–9
19May 4Dodgers10–12[a]Joe Beckwith (2–0)Dickie Noles (0–1)Jerry Reuss (1)34,0279–10
20May 5Braves7–1Steve Carlton (5–1)Rick Matula (2–2)None26,16510–10
21May 6Braves10–5Dick Ruthven (2–2)Doyle Alexander (0–2)Dickie Noles (2)25,30211–10
May 7BravesPostponed (rain);[17] Makeup: July 25 as a traditional double-header
22May 9@ Reds2–5Charlie Leibrandt (3–2)Randy Lerch (0–4)None32,58311–11
23May 10@ Reds3–5Tom Seaver (2–1)Steve Carlton (5–2)Tom Hume (5)28,91911–12
24May 11@ Reds7–3Dick Ruthven (3–2)Mike LaCoss (3–3)None25,92012–12
25May 13@ Braves3–7Doyle Alexander (1–2)Randy Lerch (0–5)Rick Camp (1)10,14612–13
26May 14@ Braves9–1Steve Carlton (6–2)Larry McWilliams (2–3)None4,62513–13
27May 16@ Astros3–0Dick Ruthven (4–2)J. R. Richard (4–2)None33,61014–13
28May 17@ Astros4–2Larry Christenson (3–0)Joe Niekro (4–3)Dickie Noles (3)43,52515–13
29May 18@ Astros0–3Nolan Ryan (2–3)Randy Lerch (0–6)None33,95015–14
30May 19Reds6–4Steve Carlton (7–2)Frank Pastore (4–2)Ron Reed (1)25,10916–14
31May 20Reds6–7Paul Moskau (2–0)Dick Ruthven (4–3)Doug Bair (3)25,20216–15
32May 21Reds9–8Ron Reed (2–0)Tom Hume (3–4)None26,09917–15
33May 23Astros3–0Steve Carlton (8–2)Nolan Ryan (2–4)None27,82218–15
34May 24Astros5–4Kevin Saucier (2–0)Joaquín Andújar (0–2)Tug McGraw (3)28,53919–15
35May 25Astros6–2Dick Ruthven (5–3)Ken Forsch (5–3)None37,34920–15
36May 26Pirates7–6Ron Reed (3–0)Kent Tekulve (5–3)None45,39421–15
37May 27Pirates2–3 (13)Enrique Romo (3–0)Dickie Noles (0–2)Kent Tekulve (6)35,98921–16
38May 28Pirates6–3Randy Lerch (1–6)Don Robinson (1–1)Ron Reed (2)30,20922–16
39May 29Pirates4–5Eddie Solomon (2–0)Dick Ruthven (5–4)Enrique Romo (2)30,63022–17
40May 30@ Cubs7–10Rick Reuschel (4–4)Dan Larson (0–1)None8,63222–18
41May 31@ Cubs7–0Steve Carlton (9–2)Willie Hernández (1–4)None26,93723–18
June (14–14)
42June 1@ Cubs4–5Dick Tidrow (2–0)Ron Reed (3–1)Bruce Sutter (11)20,05123–19
43June 2@ Pirates3–9Don Robinson (2–1)Randy Lerch (1–7)None19,99023–20
44June 3@ Pirates3–4Grant Jackson (5–1)Tug McGraw (0–2)None22,14123–21
45June 4@ Pirates4–3Steve Carlton (10–2)John Candelaria (2–5)None31,07524–21
46June 6Cubs6–5Bob Walk (1–0)Mike Krukow (3–6)Tug McGraw (4)30,18925–21
47June 7Cubs5–2Randy Lerch (2–7)Rick Reuschel (5–5)Dickie Noles (4)31,15326–21
48June 8Cubs0–2Lynn McGlothen (3–2)Dick Ruthven (5–5)Bruce Sutter (12)40,20626–22
49June 9Giants1–3Allen Ripley (1–0)Dickie Noles (0–3)Greg Minton (2)28,70226–23
50June 10Giants4–3Kevin Saucier (3–0)Bob Knepper (4–8)Ron Reed (3)32,63527–23
51June 11Giants4–7Ed Whitson (3–7)Randy Lerch (2–8)Greg Minton (3)37,84427–24
52June 13Padres9–6Dick Ruthven (6–5)Randy Jones (4–6)None37,87328–24
53June 14Padres3–1Steve Carlton (11–2)Steve Mura (0–2)Tug McGraw (5)35,23129–24
54June 15Padres8–5Bob Walk (2–0)Rick Wise (3–4)Lerrin LaGrow (1)36,37430–24
55June 16@ Dodgers3–2 (12)Ron Reed (4–1)Rick Sutcliffe (1–4)Tug McGraw (6)41,34031–24
56June 17@ Dodgers6–5Ron Reed (5–1)Bobby Castillo (1–3)Tug McGraw (7)40,78632–24
57June 18@ Padres5–1Steve Carlton (12–2)Bob Shirley (5–3)None15,62133–24
58June 19@ Padres3–4Dennis Kinney (2–1)Kevin Saucier (3–1)Rollie Fingers (8)16,71233–25
59June 20@ Giants1–5Allen Ripley (2–1)Dan Larson (0–2)None9,49033–26
60June 21@ Giants3–9Ed Whitson (5–7)Randy Lerch (2–9)None11,80933–27
61June 22@ Giants4–3Steve Carlton (13–2)Vida Blue (9–4)None27,31534–27
62June 24Expos6–7 (10)Elías Sosa (5–3)Tug McGraw (0–3)None32,10134–28
63June 25Expos2–1 (10)Ron Reed (6–1)Stan Bahnsen (5–2)None31,41635–28
64June 26Expos0–1Scott Sanderson (7–4)Randy Lerch (2–10)None31,69635–29
65June 27Mets2–3John Pacella (1–0)Steve Carlton (13–3)Tom Hausman (1)37,12335–30
66June 28 (1)Mets1–2 (11)Neil Allen (4–5)Ron Reed (6–2)Nonesee 2nd game35–31
67June 28 (2)Mets4–5Tom Hausman (3–2)Kevin Saucier (3–2)Neil Allen (13)47,16935–32
68June 29Mets5–2Bob Walk (3–0)Pat Zachry (2–5)Lerrin LaGrow (2)41,11336–32
69June 30@ Expos7–5Dickie Noles (1–3)Bill Gullickson (0–2)Ron Reed (4)36,34737–32
July (15–14)
70July 1@ Expos5–4 (11)Randy Lerch (3–10)Woodie Fryman (1–3)Lerrin LaGrow (3)33,76138–32
71July 2@ Expos1–6Steve Rogers (10–6)Steve Carlton (13–4)None23,23338–33
72July 3 (1)@ Cardinals2–1Dick Ruthven (7–5)Bob Forsch (5–6)Nonesee 2nd game39–33
73July 3 (2)@ Cardinals8–1Bob Walk (4–0)Jim Otten (0–3)None38,03840–33
74July 4@ Cardinals0–1 (10)Bob Sykes (3–6)Kevin Saucier (3–3)None15,48140–34
75July 5@ Cardinals1–6Jim Kaat (3–6)Randy Lerch (3–11)None27,93240–35
76July 6@ Cardinals8–3Steve Carlton (14–4)Pete Vuckovich (7–6)None17,76941–35
July 81980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
77July 10Cubs5–3Dick Ruthven (8–5)Mike Krukow (6–10)Dickie Noles (5)33,13042–35
78July 11Cubs7–2Bob Walk (5–0)Lynn McGlothen (6–6)Ron Reed (5)50,20443–35
79July 12Pirates5–4Kevin Saucier (4–3)Kent Tekulve (5–5)None53,25444–35
80July 13Pirates3–7Don Robinson (3–4)Nino Espinosa (0–1)Kent Tekulve (11)48,13244–36
81July 14Pirates11–13Grant Jackson (7–2)Ron Reed (6–3)None44,24544–37
82July 15@ Astros2–3Joe Sambito (4–1)Dick Ruthven (8–6)None24,22344–38
83July 16@ Astros4–2Bob Walk (6–0)Ken Forsch (8–9)None28,53245–38
84July 17@ Astros2–1Steve Carlton (15–4)Joe Niekro (10–8)None26,40346–38
85July 18@ Braves7–2Nino Espinosa (1–1)Phil Niekro (7–12)Dickie Noles (6)13,90847–38
86July 19 (1)@ Braves2–5Doyle Alexander (8–5)Dick Ruthven (8–7)Nonesee 2nd game47–39
87July 19 (2)@ Braves2–7Tommy Boggs (4–5)Dan Larson (0–3)Rick Camp (4)35,52447–40
88July 20@ Braves2–3Larry McWilliams (7–6)Bob Walk (6–1)None9,33547–41
89July 21@ Reds4–5Charlie Leibrandt (9–6)Randy Lerch (3–12)Tom Hume (15)27,17747–42
90July 22@ Reds2–3Mario Soto (4–4)Steve Carlton (15–5)None28,07947–43
91July 23@ Reds3–7Bruce Berenyi (2–0)Nino Espinosa (1–2)Tom Hume (16)29,61447–44
92July 25 (1)Braves5–4 (12)Dick Ruthven (9–7)Rick Camp (3–4)Nonesee 2nd game48–44
93July 25 (2)Braves0–3Tommy Boggs (5–5)Dan Larson (0–4)None38,40848–45
94July 26Braves6–3Bob Walk (7–1)Phil Niekro (8–13)Ron Reed (6)33,11249–45
95July 27Braves17–4Steve Carlton (16–5)Rick Matula (6–9)None35,24950–45
96July 28Astros2–3 (10)Joe Sambito (6–1)Ron Reed (6–4)None30,18150–46
97July 29Astros9–6Kevin Saucier (5–3)Frank LaCorte (7–3)Tug McGraw (8)30,25251–46
98July 30Astros6–4Dick Ruthven (10–7)Nolan Ryan (5–8)Tug McGraw (9)31,34252–46
August (16–14)
99August 1Reds3–1Bob Walk (8–1)Charlie Leibrandt (9–7)Tug McGraw (10)37,40953–46
100August 2Reds0–2Mike LaCoss (6–9)Steve Carlton (16–6)None43,24453–47
101August 3Reds8–4Nino Espinosa (2–2)Bruce Berenyi (2–2)Ron Reed (7)41,32854–47
August 5CardinalsPostponed (rain);[18] Makeup: September 12 as a traditional double-header
102August 6Cardinals0–14Bob Sykes (5–8)Bob Walk (8–2)None31,62954–48
103August 7Cardinals3–2Steve Carlton (17–6)John Fulgham (3–4)Tug McGraw (11)31,39755–48
104August 8@ Pirates5–6Kent Tekulve (8–5)Tug McGraw (0–4)Enrique Romo (8)30,35455–49
105August 9@ Pirates1–4John Candelaria (8–11)Nino Espinosa (2–3)Kent Tekulve (16)39,98455–50
106August 10 (1)@ Pirates1–7Jim Bibby (14–2)Randy Lerch (3–13)Nonesee 2nd game55–51
107August 10 (2)@ Pirates1–4Don Robinson (4–5)Dan Larson (0–5)Kent Tekulve (17)37,32355–52
108August 11@ Cubs8–5 (15)[b]Warren Brusstar (1–0)George Riley (0–2)None10,80556–52
109August 12@ Cubs5–2Steve Carlton (18–6)Mike Krukow (7–12)None20,80857–52
110August 13@ Cubs1–2Dick Tidrow (5–3)Dick Ruthven (10–8)None13,21557–53
111August 14@ Mets8–1Nino Espinosa (3–3)Pat Zachry (6–6)None20,14958–53
112August 15@ Mets8–0Larry Christenson (4–0)Mark Bomback (9–4)Tug McGraw (12)40,43659–53
113August 16@ Mets11–6Bob Walk (9–2)Craig Swan (5–9)None23,51460–53
114August 17 (1)@ Mets9–4Steve Carlton (19–6)Ray Burris (6–7)Nonesee 2nd game61–53
115August 17 (2)@ Mets4–1Randy Lerch (4–13)Roy Lee Jackson (1–4)Ron Reed (8)25,45862–53
116August 19Padres7–4Dick Ruthven (11–8)Bob Shirley (9–9)Tug McGraw (13)30,58863–53
117August 20Padres5–7John Curtis (5–8)Nino Espinosa (3–4)Rollie Fingers (16)30,40363–54
118August 21Padres9–8 (17)Kevin Saucier (6–3)Dennis Kinney (4–5)None36,20164–54
119August 22Giants3–4 (10)Al Holland (5–2)Steve Carlton (19–7)None36,07364–55
120August 23Giants2–6Allen Ripley (7–6)Larry Christenson (4–1)None38,54164–56
121August 24Giants7–1[c]Dick Ruthven (12–8)Bob Knepper (9–15)None37,32565–56
122August 25Dodgers4–8Don Stanhouse (2–2)Dickie Noles (1–4)None34,26765–57
123August 26Dodgers4–8Bobby Castillo (4–6)Bob Walk (9–3)None35,35865–58
124August 27Dodgers4–3Steve Carlton (20–7)Steve Howe (6–6)Tug McGraw (14)39,11666–58
125August 29@ Padres3–2Larry Christenson (5–1)Steve Mura (4–7)Tug McGraw (15)10,74267–58
126August 30 (1)@ Padres6–1Dick Ruthven (13–8)Bob Shirley (9–10)Nonesee 2nd game68–58
127August 30 (2)@ Padres1–5John Curtis (6–8)Nino Espinosa (3–5)None13,20968–59
128August 31@ Padres3–10Gary Lucas (5–7)Bob Walk (9–4)Rollie Fingers (18)7,81568–60
September (19–10)
129September 1@ Giants6–4Steve Carlton (21–7)Greg Minton (3–5)None16,95269–60
130September 2@ Giants2–1 (13)Ron Reed (7–4)Al Holland (5–3)None6,13570–60
131September 3@ Giants4–3Dick Ruthven (14–8)Allen Ripley (7–8)Tug McGraw (16)5,50471–60
132September 4@ Dodgers3–2Bob Walk (10–4)Jerry Reuss (16–5)Tug McGraw (17)41,86472–60
133September 5@ Dodgers0–1Don Sutton (10–4)Steve Carlton (21–8)Don Stanhouse (5)41,01972–61
134September 6@ Dodgers3–7Bob Welch (12–9)Randy Lerch (4–14)Steve Howe (15)45,99572–62
135September 7@ Dodgers0–6Bobby Castillo (6–6)Dick Ruthven (14–9)None39,08372–63
136September 8Pirates6–2Tug McGraw (1–4)Enrique Romo (5–5)None40,57673–63
137September 9Pirates5–4 (14)Warren Brusstar (2–0)Mark Lee (0–1)None43,33374–63
138September 10@ Mets5–0Marty Bystrom (1–0)Mark Bomback (9–7)None6,74875–63
139September 11@ Mets5–1Dick Ruthven (15–9)Ray Burris (7–11)None6,37676–63
140September 12 (1)Cardinals4–7Pete Vuckovich (11–9)Bob Walk (10–5)John Urrea (2)see 2nd game76–64
141September 12 (2)Cardinals0–5 (11)John Littlefield (5–3)Ron Reed (7–5)None44,09376–65
142September 13Cardinals2–1Steve Carlton (22–8)Bob Forsch (11–9)None41,72877–65
143September 14Cardinals8–4Marty Bystrom (2–0)Silvio Martínez (5–10)None30,13778–65
144September 16@ Pirates2–3Jim Bibby (17–5)Dick Ruthven (15–10)Kent Tekulve (20)22,23978–66
145September 17@ Pirates5–4 (11)Tug McGraw (2–4)Kent Tekulve (8–10)Sparky Lyle (9)23,65079–66
146September 19@ Cubs3–4 (11)Lee Smith (2–0)Warren Brusstar (2–1)None4,35279–67
147September 20@ Cubs7–3Marty Bystrom (3–0)Lynn McGlothen (10–13)None11,71380–67
148September 21@ Cubs7–3Dick Ruthven (16–10)Dennis Lamp (10–12)Ron Reed (9)10,19081–67
149September 22@ Cardinals3–2 (10)Steve Carlton (23–8)Kim Seaman (3–2)Tug McGraw (18)5,65482–67
150September 23@ Cardinals3–6Al Olmsted (1–0)Bob Walk (10–6)John Littlefield (9)6,91582–68
151September 24Mets1–0 (10)Tug McGraw (3–4)Neil Allen (7–9)None24,25883–68
152September 25Mets2–1Marty Bystrom (4–0)Roy Lee Jackson (1–6)Sparky Lyle (10)20,52584–68
153September 26Expos2–1Tug McGraw (4–4)David Palmer (7–6)None50,88785–68
154September 27Expos3–4Scott Sanderson (16–10)Steve Carlton (23–9)Woodie Fryman (17)53,05885–69
155September 28Expos3–8Steve Rogers (16–11)Bob Walk (10–7)None40,30585–70
156September 29Cubs6–5 (15)Kevin Saucier (7–3)Dennis Lamp (10–13)None21,12786–70
157September 30Cubs14–2Marty Bystrom (5–0)Lynn McGlothen (11–14)None24,34987–70
October (4–1)
158October 1Cubs5–0Steve Carlton (24–9)Dennis Lamp (10–14)None25,65888–70
159October 2Cubs4–2Bob Walk (11–7)Bill Caudill (4–6)Tug McGraw (19)23,80689–70
160October 3@ Expos2–1Dick Ruthven (17–10)Scott Sanderson (16–11)Tug McGraw (20)57,12190–70
161October 4@ Expos6–4 (11)Tug McGraw (5–4)Stan Bahnsen (7–6)None50,79491–70
162October 5@ Expos7–8 (10)Charlie Lea (7–5)Warren Brusstar (2–2)None30,10491–71
^[a] The May 4, 1980, game was protested by the Phillies in the top of the first inning.[19][20] The protest was later denied.[19][21]
^[b] The August 11 game was suspended in the bottom of the 14th with the score 5–5 and was completed August 12, 1980.[22]
^[c] The August 24, 1980, game was protested by the Giants in the bottom of the fourth inning.[23] The protest was later denied.[24]
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  • Bold: Phillies team member


1980 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


  • 12 Rubén Amaro
  •  2 Billy DeMars
  •  3 Lee Elia
  •  5 Mike Ryan
  •  4 Herm Starrette
  •  7 Bobby Wine


Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
CBob Boone14148034110231.2299553
1BPete Rose16265595185421.28216412
2BManny Trillo14153168155259.2927438
3BMike Schmidt150548104157258.2864812112
SSLarry Bowa14754057144164.26723921
LFGreg Luzinski1063684484191.22819563
CFGarry Maddox14354959142313.259117325
RFBake McBride137554681713310.30998713


Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Lonnie Smith10029869101.33932033
Keith Moreland621591350.3144293
Greg Gross1271541937.2400121
Del Unser961101529.2640100
Ramón Avilés511011228.277290
John Vukovich4962410.161050
George Vukovich7858613.224080
Luis Aguayo2047713.277181
Bob Dernier10754.571013
Jay Loviglio16570.000001
Tim McCarver6521.200020
Orlando Isales3512.400030
Ozzie Virgil1511.200000
Don McCormack21011.000000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Steve Carlton38304.02492.3490286
Dick Ruthven33223.117103.557486
Bob Walk27151.21174.577194
Randy Lerch30150.04145.165557
Nino Espinosa1276.1353.771913
Larry Christenson1473.2514.032749
Marty Bystrom636.0501.50921

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dan Larson1245.2053.1517
Mark Davis27.0002.575

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Tug McGraw5792.154201.4675
Ron Reed5591.17594.049
Dickie Noles4881.01463.8957
Kevin Saucier4050.07303.4225
Warren Brusstar2838.22203.7221
Lerrin LaGrow2539.00234.1521
Sparky Lyle1014.00021.936
Scott Munninghoff46.00004.502


National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 7: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 001 000 000 170
Philadelphia 000 002 10X 381
W: Steve Carlton (1–0)   L: Ken Forsch (0–1)   S: Tug McGraw (1)
HR: HOU – None  PHIGreg Luzinski (1)
Pitchers: HOU – Forsch  PHI – Carlton, McGraw (8)
Attendance: 65,277

Game 2

October 8: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Houston 001 000 110 4 781
Philadelphia 000 200 010 1 4142
W: Frank LaCorte (1–0)   L: Ron Reed (0–1)   S: Joaquín Andújar (1)
HR: HOU – None  PHI – None
Pitchers: HOU – Ryan, Sambito (7), Smith (7), LaCorte (9), Andújar (10)  PHI – Ruthven, McGraw (8), Reed (9), Saucier (10)
Attendance: 65,476

Game 3

October 10: Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Philadelphia 000 000 000 00 071
Houston 000 000 000 01 161
W: Dave Smith (1–0)   L: Tug McGraw (0–1)   S: None
HR: PHI – None  HOU – None
Pitchers: PHI – Christenson, Noles (7), McGraw (8)  HOU – Niekro, Smith (11)
Attendance: 44,443

Game 4

October 11: Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 000 000 030 2 5130
Houston 000 110 001 0 352
W: Warren Brusstar (1–0)   L: Joe Sambito (0–1)   S: Tug McGraw (2)
HR: PHI – None  HOU – None
Pitchers: PHI – Carlton, Noles (6), Saucier (7), Reed (7), Brusstar (8), McGraw (10)  HOU – Ruhle, Smith (8), Sambito (8)
Attendance: 44,952

Game 5

October 12: Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 020 000 050 1 8132
Houston 100 001 320 0 7140
W: Dick Ruthven (1–0)   L: Frank LaCorte (1–1)   S: None
HR: PHI – None  HOU – None
Pitchers: PHI – Bystrom, Brusstar (6), Christenson (7), Reed (7), McGraw (8), Ruthven (9)  HOU – Ryan, Sambito (8), Forsch (8), LaCorte (9)
Attendance: 44,802

World Series

When the modern-day World Series began in 1903, the National and American Leagues each had eight teams. With their victory in the 1980 World Series, the Phillies became the last of the "Original Sixteen" franchises to win a Series. The 1980 World Series was the first World Series to be played entirely on artificial turf. Prior to 1980, the Phillies hadn't won a World Series game since Game 1 of the 1915 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

The series offered many intriguing storylines. Phillies pitcher Bob Walk became the first rookie to start the first game of a World Series since Joe Black of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952. The 1980 World Series was the first of numerous World Series that journeyman outfielder Lonnie Smith (then with the Phillies) participated in. He was also a part of the 1982 World Series (as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals), 1985 World Series (as a member of the Kansas City Royals), and the 1991 and 1992 World Series as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

Game 6 would be the culmination for the Phillies' first championship. Philadelphia scored two in the third on a Mike Schmidt single. It was all that Steve Carlton and Tug McGraw would need for the 4–1 win. Kansas City threatened by loading the bases in the eighth and the ninth innings before Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson for the third out in the final inning.

While Mike Schmidt was the official MVP of the 1980 World Series, the Babe Ruth Award (another World Series MVP) was given to Tug McGraw. As of 2019, this is the last World Series in which both participating franchises had yet to win a World Series in their history. This was the first time that had happened since 1920.

The entire state of Pennsylvania, not just Philadelphia, celebrated the Phillies' win.[28] Minutes after the final out, Governor Dick Thornburgh declared the next day "Philadelphia Phillies Day."[28][29]

NL Philadelphia Phillies (4) vs. AL Kansas City Royals (2)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1Royals 6, Phillies 7October 14Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)65,7913:01
2Royals 4, Phillies 6October 15Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)65,7753:01
3Phillies 3, Royals 4 (10 inns)October 17Royals Stadium (Kansas City)42,3803:19
4Phillies 3, Royals 5October 18Royals Stadium (Kansas City)42,3632:37
5Phillies 4, Royals 3October 19Royals Stadium (Kansas City)42,3692:51
6Royals 1, Phillies 4October 21Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)65,8383:00

Composite box score

1980 World Series (4–2): Philadelphia Phillies (N.L.) over Kansas City Royals (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia Phillies 027 351 162 0 27592
Kansas City Royals 532 113 430 1 23607
Total Attendance: 324,516   Average Attendance: 54,086
Winning Player's Share: – $34,693,   Losing Player's Share – $32,212 * Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors

In 1980, Mike Schmidt won the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in a unanimous vote. He led the league in home runs with 48 (by a margin of 13 over his nearest competitor). Schmidt was also selected as MVP of the World Series, after hitting two homers and driving in seven runs as his team won their first World Series Championship over the George Brett-led Kansas City Royals.

Steve Carlton received the National League Cy Young Award.

Tug McGraw received the Babe Ruth Award.

Manny Trillo was honored as the MVP of the National League Championship Series.


1980 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Jim Snyder
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Ron Clark
A Peninsula Pilots* Carolina League Bill Dancy
A Spartanburg Phillies South Atlantic League Tom Harmon
A-Short Season Bend Phillies Northwest League P. J. Carey
Rookie Helena Phillies Pioneer League Roly de Armas

* League Champions[30]

Other Philadelphia sports teams of the same era

In the National Hockey League, the Philadelphia Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Finals in May 1980 before losing four games to two to the New York Islanders.[31]

In the National Basketball Association also in May 1980, the Philadelphia 76ers reached the NBA Finals before losing four games to two to the Los Angeles Lakers.[32]

The 1980 Philadelphia Eagles would qualify for Super Bowl XV, where they were defeated 27–10 by the Oakland Raiders.[33]


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