Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
And I have a feeling Connie Mack had a lot to do with their record.
Mack managed the A's, not the Phillies. The Phillies are without question the gold standard when it comes to pathetic professional sports organizations. Even when they've been "good," it's rarely been more than slightly above average. 90+ win seasons for the "original" 8 NL franchises:
Giants - 41
Dodgers - 34
Cardinals - 32
Pirates - 27
Braves - 24
Cubs - 21
Reds - 20
Philly's in a league of its own. As WOY noted, six of those eight teams are above .500 for their franchise history and the Braves are only a hair below it. The Phillies are over 1,000 games below .500.
Roy's right that we've seen the best era of the franchise in recent history, but even with that the Phillies had only one winning season of 14 from 1987 to 2000. They had seven straight losing seasons from 1968-1974. From 1954-1961 they had six losing seasons and two .500 seasons. They've had 13 90+ loss seasons since the Whiz Kids ushered in their golden age. Every generation has seen an awful Phillies team.
Fans in that city ought to pray to the twin deities of Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton for providing the Phillies for the 12-year run from 1975-1986 which includes the majority of highlights in franchise history.
As my father, a lifelong Phillies fan, has often bemoaned, the wrong team left town.
P.S. - A little know gem is that last season the Cubs broke the Phillies record for most consecutive seasons without a championship. It was a staggering achievement.