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October 21 is an incredibly special day in Philadelphia Phillies history, because on this day 41 years ago, the franchise captured its first World Series title.

The Phillies defeated George Brett and the Kansas City Royals in six games, winning the final game by a score of 4-1.

Philadelphia sent their ace Steve Carlton out to the mound in hopes that he'd prevent a game seven from occurring. Lefty did just that, charged with just one run through seven innings and striking out seven.

Mike Schmidt got the scoring started for the Phillies in the third inning, hitting a two-run single to right field to plate Bob Boone and Lonnie Smith.

Bake McBride continued to extend Philadelphia's lead on an RBI-groundout in the fifth that allowed Smith to score. And Boone's RBI-single the following inning that drove in Larry Bowa made it 4-0 in favor of the Phillies.


The Royals would gain one run back on a U L Washington sac fly in the eighth inning off of Tug McGraw.

McGraw would run into trouble again in the ninth, but with the bases loaded and two outs, Tugger got Willie Wilson to strikeout swinging to clinch the World Series championship. 

65,838 of the Philadelphia faithful at Veterans Stadium finally got to see their beloved Phillies win their first World Series title in nearly 100 years.

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