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  • Baseball and Me By Dennis Coxe
  • In 1964, this boy…
  • … fell in love with this team…
  • … 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
    • The Phillies had a 2.5 game lead on the San Francisco Giants.
  • By the time school reopened, the Phillies’ lead was 6.0 games
    • The Phillies split a Labor Day doubleheader with the Los Angeles Dodgers
    • Winning the first game 5 to 1, but losing the nightcap 3 to 1
  • Then the bottom fell out…
    • On Sunday, Sept. 20 th the Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to build a 6.5 game lead.
    • Only 15 games remained.
    • The collapse that followed was monumental.
  • When it was over, they lost 12 of their last 15 games
    • They were swept by Milwaukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis.
    • World Series tickets and programs went unused
    • The moment in the sun had passed.
  • It would be 15 years before the Phillies again became competitive
    • In 1980, the Phillies finally won the franchise’s only World Series
    • The boy had grown up and was away at college when it happened
  • But the memories of 1964 still linger.