Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tension builds for team, fans

1985: The love affair between fans and the Phillies that had begun in the glory years of the mid 1970s was officially ruptured during the course of a miserable 75-87 season.

Attendance fell to the lowest levels in years, amid growing dissatisfaction with conditions at Veterans Stadium. On the field, the ruling junta known as the Gang of Six decreed that manager John Felske shift eventual Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt to first in order to make room for prospect Rick Schu, who never panned out. Schmidt complained in late summer about the negative fans, the awful artificial turf at the Vet, and memorably, the "smell of cat urine in the home dugout." One night, Schmidt runs to first base wearing a long black wig under his Phillies cap.

2008: The Phillies established club records for total attendance (3,422,583) and sellouts (50) during the season.


Peter Pascarelli was the Phillies beat writer for The Inquirer in 1985. Joe Juliano writes about the 2008 team.

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Remembering 1985

Average price of a gallon of gas: $1.23.

Phillies' record: 75-87, fifth place.

Phillies' attendance: 1,830,350.

Phillies' first-round pick: Trey McCall, C.

Remember this? The "We Are the World" video is made. (It's the last time anyone has seen Kim Carnes.)

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