… and learned how baseball can break your heart.
The 1964 season started well, with a home opener victory over the New York Mets.
By the end of May, the Phillies were in first place by .5 game
On Father’s Day, Jim Bunning pitched his 2 nd no-hitter, a perfect game against the New York Mets
On Aug. 9, the boy turned 7 and the Phillies won again <ul><li>The Phillies had a 2.5 game lead on the San Francisco Giants. </li></ul>
By the time school reopened, the Phillies’ lead was 6.0 games <ul><li>The Phillies split a Labor Day doubleheader with the Los Angeles Dodgers </li></ul><ul><li>Winning the first game 5 to 1, but losing the nightcap 3 to 1 </li></ul>
Then the bottom fell out… <ul><li>On Sunday, Sept. 20 th the Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to build a 6.5 game lead. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 15 games remained. </li></ul><ul><li>The collapse that followed was monumental. </li></ul>
When it was over, they lost 12 of their last 15 games <ul><li>They were swept by Milwaukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis. </li></ul><ul><li>World Series tickets and programs went unused </li></ul><ul><li>The moment in the sun had passed. </li></ul>
It would be 15 years before the Phillies again became competitive <ul><li>In 1980, the Phillies finally won the franchise’s only World Series </li></ul><ul><li>The boy had grown up and was away at college when it happened </li></ul>