1986 National Runners-Up 1998 National Runners-Up 2014 National Runners-Up

1974 New Brunswick Regional Champions 1986 Livonia Regional Co-Champions 1994 Altoona Regional Champions 2000 Schenectady Regional Champions 2010 Altoona Regional Champions

Games Record Win% RF RA Diff
188 87 - 101 0.463 1170 1202 -32

Joined 1945
First Tournament 1945
Last Tournament 2014
Franchise Status Active
   
Seasons 60
Regionals 19
Tournaments 51
   
Best Finish 2nd
Worst Finish 18th
Average Finish 9th
DNQs
   
Upper Bracket 14
Lower Bracket 11

 

1st   Finalist 3
2nd 3
3rd 4 At or above
500
25
4th 7
5th 2
6th 4
7th 3
8th 3
9th 4 Below
500
25
10th 1
11th 4
12th 4
13th 1
14th 6
15th 3
16th+ 3

About Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been up and down in AAABA tournament, but have the 8th best winning percentage of active franchises. Their teams have won 5 regionals and were runners-up twice.

The Constitution City competed in the first 4 AAABA tournaments, but were winless in three, including a disqualification in 1945. They did not return to the association until the Oxford Boys Club's 6th place finish in 1956. After strong showings in 1961 and 1962 by the Publicker Legion Post 905 teams, the franchise went into the duldrums until the 1980s with 5 winless seasons and an 11-26 record plus 4 DNQs.

The 1980 West Chester club led by Neil Serpico turned things around for Philadelphia, who finished 3rd behind Baltimore and Buffalo. Over the next 5 tournaments, the club went 10-8 before their first final round appearance in 1986.

That year, Philadelphia advances as co-champions of the Livonia regional. They opened their tournament with a 7-2 victory over historic rivals Pittsburgh. They then defeated regional opponent Livonia 7-2 and took down Milford 6-4. This was the best start of any Philadelphia team, who had lost the opening game of the tournament 17 out of 29 times prior.

Now late in the tournament, the Arzee Rental squad had to face the tournament's toughest teams, and succeeded in defeating Washington 13-6. They then squeaked by Detroit 9-8 an went into the finals 5-0 where they met Washington once again.

Needing only one win for the championship, the Arzees came up 1-run short during both games of the doubleheader (3-2 and 5-4) as Washington took home another championship in thrilling fashion.

Philadelphia did not compete in the next two tournaments. In 1993, Harry Startzell took his team to 3rd place with a 4-2 record.

In 1998, a new face emerged for the Philadelphia franchise in Mike Gossner. His ABCO Phillies lost their opening game to Livonia in 11 innings, but responded with 5 wins to advance to the finals. They first battled with New Brunswick to a crazy 24-17 victory in 13 innings to eliminate the New Jersey team. That was followed with doubleheader victories over Youngstown (10-9) and Elk County (19-9).

Their bats stayed red hot on Thursday with more high scoring wins over Maryland State (13-4) and Washington (11-5). In the final game, however, it was Washington once again playing spoiler, as they plated 17 runs of their own to take another championship away from the Phillies.

Since that tournament, the ABCO Phillies team (now the Philly Bandits) has been a steady representative for the franchise and has placed in the semi-finals four times. The 2011 campaign was a forgettable one as the Bandits scored only 1 run in 2 games (an unearned sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of their second game). The previous season had been more memorable.

The 2010 team had to advance out of the Altoona Regional. Newcomer Miami fought off Philly for a 3-1 10-inning victory on the first day. The Bandits then crushed Elk County 11-1, but would need to win a triple-header on Monday to win the tournament. They began in fine fashion with a 12-0 whitewash of host Altoona at 10:00am. The Bandits then won handily 9-4 over Miami at 1:00pm. To end an unforgettable day of baseball, the Philadelphia side won their third game of the day 4-2 at 4:00pm to eliminate Miami and advance to Johnstown. In the national tournament, they began 3-0 before loses to Baltimore and Johnstown.

In 2014, the Bandits advanced to the final round but were narrowly defeated by Chicago-Metropolitan. Philadelphia lost both of their games to Chicago by one run each. Overall, Philadelphia is 16-16 in the past 10 years.


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