Some of the greatest moments in major league sport from Philadelphia’s teams that local casino betting fans loved, including back-to-back titles and the 1967 NBA title.

Philadelphia is one of the country’s big players when it comes to major league sports, and that sporting prowess has brought with it a fair share of times tough and glorious. This article’s all about remembering the good stuff, so if you’re a fan of Philadelphia’s various teams get ready for some gold-trimmed nostalgia.


The Phillies and a Record-Breaking in 1980

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Photo: The Boo Birds

In 1980 Philadelphia’s major league sports teams achieved a collective triumph when every one of the four reached their respective finals. Unfortunately, most of them fell short at the last hurdle. But not the Phillies.

Founded as the Quakers way back in 1883, the Phillies had to wait a long old time before claiming their first title in 1980. In the World Series of that year, they faced up to American League champions Kansas City Royals.

It was a record-breaking spectacle, with Game 6 being watched by 54.9 million viewers. It was also the first World Series played on artificial turf and saw Willie Wilson striking out twelve times in the six-game set. The Phillies won Games 1 and 2, lost the next two, but then rallied to take Games 5 and 6. And there were plenty of people celebrating the title triumph of the talented veterans and skillful rookies.

The Eagles’ Consecutive Shutouts

In 1947 the Eagles reached their first Championship game but lost to the Chicago Cardinals with a competitive scoreline of 28-21.

The next year saw the same sides compete, but this time the Eagles played host to the Cardinals. And the game was one to remember. It was the first Championship game to be televised, but there was a delay due to substantial snowfall. Despite starting in the early afternoon the stadium’s floodlights were on from start to finish. The Philly Blizzard, as it became known, didn’t see a point scored for the first three quarters (perhaps no surprise, the temperature was cold enough to freeze water). But come the final quarter Steve Van Buren scored the first, and last, touchdown. The Eagles won 7-0.

Next year the team reached the Championship game for the third consecutive time. This time it was played away from home, against the Los Angeles Rams, but the weather gods played a significant role once again. There was driving rain but it didn’t stop the Eagles racking up a 14-0 victory, and winning their second consecutive shutout title (the only team to achieve this feat).

Wilt Chamberlain leads the Sixers to Glory

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In the 1960s, the NBA championship fell to Boston Celtics, led by the inspirational Bill Russell, on so many occasions it got rather predictable. But in 1967 this seemingly unstoppable team, going for a ninth straight championship, ran into an immovable object in the form of the Sixers and the great Wilt Chamberlain.

A fierce rival with Russell on the court, Chamberlain was his friend off it. The Sixers were the only team that managed to stop the Celtics, getting every championship in the 1960s, which makes their title all the more impressive. Perhaps oddly, it wasn’t even the Celtics they faced in the final, instead of going toe-to-toe with the San Francisco Warriors. The Sixers won at a canter, never behind and finishing 4-2.

Erving, Malone, and the 1983 NBA Championship

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Photo: Sports Illustrated

Bizarre as it seems, Julius Erving, a man regularly featured on top NBA players of all-time lists, was a free agent acquisition for the Sixers. Erving would play for nobody else in the NBA, and together with Moses Malone formed a formidable core of the Sixers in the 1980s.

In 1980 and 1982 the team had come up short against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, losing 4-2 on both occasions. But in 1983 the wheel of fortune turned and the Sixers won with a dominant score of 4-0, with Malone being named MVP. Not only was this sweet revenge for 1980 and 1982, but the team had also been runners-up in 1977, and won their first title in 16 years.

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Back-to-back Stanley Cups

The Philadelphia Flyers had a purple patch in the 1970s, improving their game so much they became known as the Broad Street Bullies after a combative 3-1 win over the Atlanta Flames. In 1973-4 the Flyers continued to be mean and keen, and reached the Stanley Cup Finals, up against the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins had won the 1972 Stanley Cup and took the first game 3-2. The Flyers fought back to take the next three games, and the sixth, to win the Stanley Cup 4-2, becoming the first team from the 1967 expansion to do so.

But more was to come. The Flyers returned to defend their title in 1975, this time against the Buffalo Sabres. The finals were significant for a few reasons. It was the first not to have any of the Original Six teams, and the first to have a 1970 expansion side compete. It was nip and tuck on the ice, the Flyers taking the first two games, then the Sabres the next pair. But experience told and the Flyers won 4-2 for the second year on the bounce.


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