Six championships in 50 years, and many more close calls
The Athletic Philadelphia recently published a list of the 10 most dominant Philadelphia teams of the last half-century. But because the city only captured six titles in that span, some of the teams on the list never won championships. So you have the 2011 Phillies, dominant in the regular season, ahead of the 2008 Phils, who took home a World Series crown. It seems incongruous, but makes sense. The 2008 squad didn’t really start playing well till September, and then just took off. Three years later, the club won a franchise-record 102 games, yet couldn’t get past the upstart, underdog Cardinals in the postseason.
When I considered the six titles in 50 years, I was reminded of how that number really could be a lot bigger. For example, in that time:
- The Eagles lost two Super Bowls (1981, 2005).
- The Phillies lost three World Series (1983, 1993, 2009).
- The Sixers lost four NBA Finals (1977, 1980, 1982, 2001).
- The Flyers lost six (!) NHL Finals (1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2010).
So Philly teams are 6-15 in championship series since 1970. What if they were 15-6? Would the media would be calling Philadelphia the city of champions? Something to think about.