Coulda', Woulda' -- The 1964 Phillies
seemed to be going the 1964 Phillies’ way.
Up by 6 1/2 games with just 12 left to play in
the season, they appeared to have clinched their
first pennant in 14 years. Outfielder Johnny Callison
narrowly missed being the National League MVP.
Third baseman Richie Allen was Rookie of the Year.
However, they didn’t make it to the postseason
— they lost 10 straight games and finished
a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals, who ended
up winning the World Series vs. the Yankees. It
was the greatest collapse in baseball history.
Here is a pristine sheet of World Series tickets
that the Phillies had printed up, as everyone
thought they were a lock for the National League
Pennant. However, the baseball Gods had something
else planned for the Phillies and it took them
another 16 years to get to the Series after their
September swoon of 1964.