The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit

The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit

by Mitchell Nathanson

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The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit by Mitchell Nathanson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786432172
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mitchell Nathanson is a professor of legal writing and a professor in the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law.

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