Saturday, July 07, 2007
The Philadelphia Phillies are on the verge of becoming the first professional sports franchise to lose 10,000 games — and the final countdown to the ignominious mark is being, well, celebrated, in Philadelphia.
"Magical Misery Tour," the Philadelphia Daily News called its retrospective of a 124-year history that includes only one World Series championship, in 1980.
"Phabulous Phutility," the Inquirer called it.
The Phillies played their first game in 1883. And lost, naturally.
They lost 23 in a row in 1961, a major league record.
Fourteen times, they have lost at least 100 games in a season, finishing an astonishing 62 1/2 games out of first place in 1942.
And perhaps worst of all, in 1964, they had a 6 1/2 -game lead in the National League standings with 12 games to play, then lost the pennant by losing 10 in a row. But don't ever say they don't love their sports in Philly.
Folks are selling T-shirts to commemorate the historic milestone.