List of Philadelphia Phillies seasons
The Philadelphia Phillies have completed 131 seasons in Major League Baseball since their inception in 1883. Through 2013, they have played 19,052 regular season games, winning 9,035 and losing 10,162, for a winning percentage of .471. The Phillies have also a combined record of 49—55 (.471) in post-season play. This list documents the season-by-season records of the Phillies’ franchise including their year as the “Quakers” and the years where they shared the names “Quakers” and “Phillies.” The team was formed in the National League after the dissolution of the Worcester baseball franchise at the end of 1882, though there is no additional connection between the teams.
At times, the Phillies’ search for success has been seen as an exercise in futility, because of their long stretches of losing seasons, including sixteen consecutive from 1933 through 1948. However, the Phillies do own seven National League pennants, won in 1915, 1950, 1980, 1983, 1993, 2008, and 2009, as well as championships in the 1980 and 2008 World Series. Compared to the team's early days, the Phillies have recently been more successful than not, with two periods of extended success: the first from 1975 to 1983, when they won five East Division championships as well as the first-half championship in the strike-shortened 1981 season, and the second starting in 2001, with a winning percentage of .540 over those nine seasons, finishing above .500 in all but one, and making the playoffs from 2007 to 2011.
During their record-setting streak of sixteen consecutive losing seasons, the Phillies posted their franchise record for losses in a season in 1941 with 111, falling shy of the modern (post-dead-ball era) Major League record of 120 losses in a season. During the 2007 season, the franchise also became the first professional sports team in American history to reach 10,000 losses. The Phillies have thrice surpassed the century mark for wins in a season: in 1976 with 101 wins, when they made their first playoff appearance in twenty-six seasons; again the next season when they matched that mark; and in 2011, when they set the franchise single-season record for wins with 102 victories and clinched a playoff position at the earliest point in team history. Philadelphia finished the 2010 season with a record of 97–65, marking the first time that the team completed a season with Major League Baseball’s best record; they duplicated this accomplishment in 2011 as the majors' only 100-win team. Since 2011, the Phillies have declined again and in 2015 they suffered the worst record in MLB and the franchise’s worst since an equally-poor record in 1969, with their worst before than from 1961.
Year by year
|World Series champions
|National League champions
|Wild card berth|
|Philadelphia Quakers/Philadelphia Phillies|
|1915||NL||1st||90||62||.592||—||Lost World Series (Red Sox) 4–1|
|1932||NL||4th||78||76||.506||12||Chuck Klein (MVP)[h]|
|1933||NL||7th||60||92||.395||31||Chuck Klein (NL Triple Crown)|
|1950||NL||1st||91||63||.591||—||Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0||Jim Konstanty (MVP)|
|1957||NL||5th||77||77||.500||18||Jack Sanford (ROY)[i]|
|1962||NL||7th||81||80||.503||20||Gene Mauch (MOY)|
|1964||NL||2nd||92||70||.568||1||Dick Allen (ROY)|
|1972||NL||East||6th||59||97||.378||37 1⁄2||Steve Carlton (CYA)[f]|
|1976||NL||East||1st||101||61||.623||—||Lost NLCS[e] (Reds) 3–0||Danny Ozark (MOY)|
|1977||NL||East||1st||101||61||.623||—||Lost NLCS (Dodgers) 3–1||Steve Carlton (CYA)|
|1978||NL||East||1st||90||72||.556||—||Lost NLCS (Dodgers) 3–1|
|1980||NL||East||1st||91||71||.562||—||Won NLCS (Astros) 3–2|
Won World Series (Royals) 4–2
|Mike Schmidt (MVP, WSMVP)[aa]|
Steve Carlton (CYA)
|1981||NL||East||1st||34||21||.618||—||Lost NLDS[d] to Expos) 3–2||Mike Schmidt (MVP)|
|1982||NL||East||2nd||89||73||.549||3||Steve Carlton (CYA)|
|1983||NL||East||1st||90||72||.556||—||Won NLCS (Dodgers) 3–1|
Lost World Series (Orioles) 4–1
|John Denny (CYA)|
|1986||NL||East||2nd||86||75||.534||21 1⁄2||Mike Schmidt (MVP)|
|1987||NL||East||5th||80||82||.494||15||Steve Bedrosian (CYA)|
|1993||NL||East||1st||97||65||.599||—||Won NLCS (Braves) 4–2|
Lost World Series (Blue Jays) 4–2
|1997||NL||East||5th||68||94||.420||33||Scott Rolen (ROY)|
|2001||NL||East||2nd||86||76||.531||2||Larry Bowa (MOY)|
|2005||NL||East||2nd||88||74||.543||2||Ryan Howard (ROY)|
|9,464||10,552||.473||All-time regular season record (1883–2014)|
|49||54||.476||All-time postseason record|
|9,513||10,606||.473||All-time regular and postseason record|
- a The Finish column lists regular season results and excludes postseason play.
- b The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
- c The GB column lists "Games Back" from the team that finished in first place that season. It is determined by finding the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two.
- d NLDS stands for National League Division Series.
- e NLCS stands for National League Championship Series.
- f CYA stands for Cy Young Award.
- g MOY stands for Manager of the Year.
- h MVP stands for Most Valuable Player.
- i ROY stands for National League Rookie of the Year.
- j The 1972 Major League Baseball strike forced the cancellation of the first seven games (13 game-days) of the season.
- k The 1981 Major League Baseball strike caused the season to split into two halves. This caused Major League Baseball to hold the Divisional Series so that the first- and second-half champions could play each other to determine playoff spots for the NLCS and World Series.
- l The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike ended the season on August 11, as well as cancelling the entire postseason.
- m This was the Phillies' first season in Baker Bowl.
- n This was the Phillies' last season in Baker Bowl.
- o This was the Phillies' first season in Shibe Park.
- p This was the Phillies' last season in Shibe Park.
- q This was the Phillies' first season in Veterans Stadium.
- r This was the Phillies' last season in Veterans Stadium.
- s This was the Phillies' first season in Citizens Bank Park.
- t BLOOP stands for "Blooper of the Year", one of the This Year in Baseball Awards, which are voted on by the fans and sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Jason Michaels was the winner in 2004 for bobbling a home run over the center field wall at Citizens Bank Park.
- u CLO stands for "Closer of the Year", one of the This Year in Baseball Awards, which are voted on by the fans and sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Brad Lidge was the winner in 2008 for notching a perfect 48-for-48 season in saves and posting an ERA under 2.00.
- v CPOY stands for Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year.
- w MGR stands for "Manager of the Year", one of the This Year in Baseball Awards, which are voted on by the fans and sponsored by State Farm Insurance. This award is separate and distinct from the Major League Baseball-awarded Manager of the Year Award. Charlie Manuel was the winner in 2008 for winning the World Series.
- x EXEC stands for "Executive of the Year", one of the This Year in Baseball Awards, which are voted on by the fans and sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Pat Gillick was the winner in 2008 for building the World Series-winning team.
- y PMY stands for "Postseason Moment of the Year", one of the This Year in Baseball Awards, which are voted on by the fans and sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Chase Utley was the winner in 2008 for his fake throw to first that enabled him to pick off Jason Bartlett at home during the World Series.
- z LCSMVP stands for League Championship Series MVP Award.
- aa WSMVP stands for World Series MVP Award.
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