For Philadelphians, their 97-year wait to celebrate a World Championship came to an end in the 1980 season. Led by MVP Mike Schmidt, and Cy Young winner Steve Carlton, the Fightin’ Phils exorcised the ghosts of nearly a century of below-average baseball, punctuated by the infrequent brush with greatness.
After a gruelling five-game league championship with Houston, regarded by many as the greatest playoff series in history, Philadelphia vanquished upstart Kansas City from the junior circuit as the Phils overcame the hot bat of Willie Mays Aikens, who did what his namesake did not; hit three homers in a game in Game Three of the series.
When Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to end the series, a city celebrated like never before, including 2 million fans lining the parade route in Philadelphia.
Now, you can replay this season with SherCo … can *you* take the Philadelphia club to the promised land?