June 14, 2007

"We might be first to 10,000, but we're first in something.": The Philadelphia Phillies have lost more games than any other team in the Big Leagues, and they're coming up on 10,000 losses. Chart of the Top Five (Pittsburgh's #4). "In the 27 seasons from 1919 through 1945, Philadelphia finished last in the National League 16 times and second to last 7 times." Philadelphia's also the city with teams in one of the four major professional sports that's gone the longest without a championship. Some fans are choosing to Celebrate 10,000.

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 12:21 PM - 6 comments

I'm glad I'm not a Philadelphia fan, although my Seattle teams aren't any better as far as winning championships are concerned. And if the Mariners had been around as long as the Phillies, they probably already would have reached 10,000 losses.

posted by chamo at 01:43 PM on June 14, 2007

Even if this article hadn't been as darkly hilarious as it was, the hang-gliding anecdote alone would have made it worthwhile.

posted by Skot at 03:03 PM on June 14, 2007

I love this article.I've never been to Philadelphia but I well remember the 1980 season.I remember thinking this could be the year Philly wins titles in all four sports.They were that good that year. Its a little ironic that only the Phillies came through.

posted by sickleguy at 03:37 PM on June 14, 2007

Great article. I wasnt born at the time of "the collapse" but definatley know the pain of having my beloved Phils tear my heart out yet again, then grinding it in with their cleats into a puddle of Lenny Dykstra's chew spit. I do remember the good times too, the parade after the World Series title when I was 6, going to the smelly old Vet too many times to recount with my father and throwing peanut shells on the visitors bullpen. Ahh good times!

posted by GoBirds at 05:24 PM on June 14, 2007

My favorite thing was that the pitching ace's nickname was "Losing Pitcher."

posted by kirkaracha at 05:39 PM on June 14, 2007

Only 9,998 more posts about this to go.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 05:44 PM on June 14, 2007

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