The Fall of the 1977 Phillies
How a Baseball Team’s Collapse Sank a City’s Spirit
About the Book
On October 7, 1977, the Philadelphia Phillies lost a playoff game to the Dodgers, a game that began so hopefully and ended so disastrously that it has become known in Philadelphia simply as “Black Friday.” As a season of rare hope and unity crashed to a painful end in a ten-minute sequence of bad plays, so too did the city’s urban renaissance falter and an old sense of inferiority return.
This ambitious examination of the relationship between the team and city delves deep into Philadelphia’s social and baseball history to reveal how the disillusionment of Black Friday affected Philadelphia’s self image and fans’ relationship to the team they both love and love to hate.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 31 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
Table of Contents
1. The Fall of Philadelphia 7
2. Professional Baseball in the Quaker City 25
3. Baseball’s Pre-Expansion Power Structure: New York’s
Boon, Philadelphia’s Doom 52
4. The Fall of the A’s, the Rise of the Phillies 74
5. The Phillies and Philadelphia: Into the Abyss 104
6. The Structural Renaissance of a City and Its Team 128
7. Social Rebirth on the Streets and on the Field 154
8. Breaking from the Past 171
9. History’s Ultimate Triumph 190
10. Results, Repercussions and Reassessments 209
Chapter Notes 237
Book Reviews & Awards
“well-written…contains a wealth of information about the Athletics and the pre–1979 Phillies”—Nine; “perceptive”—Philadelphia Inquirer.