World Series: 1950, this is not

SOUTH PHILADELPHA - October 28, 2009


In 1950, when Phillies phan Ted Taylor was 9-years-old, an average home cost $8,400, a gallon of gas cost 18 cents, none of which mattered much to the wide-eyed young Phillies phan.

It was the year of the Whiz Kids, when a gangly group of Philadelphians brought the city something it hadn't seen in 35 years – a pennant.

"The electricity in this city was outstanding, and there were all sort of promotional pieces…I had over my bed this long roll out of all the players standing across the outfield," Taylor said.

Ted, now a college professor, still surrounds himself with memories of that series, pennants, pictures, magazine covers, and news clippings.


Robin Roberts, the hall of fame pitcher who took the mound in game 2 for 10 innings, remembers too.

"I should have left after 9," Roberts said.

Roberts is humble about his history, but he doesn't hold back about his reviled rivals, who swept the Phils in 4 straight games in 1950.

Now, the once wide-eyed fan and the once iron armed pitcher have something in common again, a few November nights and a chance at redemption.

"It'd be awful nice for this club to win," Roberts said.


Of course these Whiz Kids are hoping for a different outcome 59 years later.

Last year's World Series win may have removed a very big chip from the collective shoulders of this city, but there is one grudge left, one series they don't want to repeat.

1950 this is not.

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