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Traces: 1980
Phils take all in memorable year
By Doug Miller /

The year of 1980 was a big one for the Philadelphia Phillies.

It's the year in which they won the World Series (who can forget Tug McGraw getting that final out against the Kansas City Royals?), and it's the year that saw the birth of four of the key players on their 2008 championship team.

The same year that brought us domestic camcorders and fax machines as well as the election of President Ronald Reagan also brought us Brett Myers on Aug. 17, Ryan Madson on Aug. 28, Shane Victorino on Nov. 30 and Joe Blanton on Dec. 11.

Myers, of course, won 10 games during the 2008 regular season and contributed a memorable three-hit, three-RBI effort in a big National League Championship Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reliable reliever Madson compiled a 3.05 ERA over 76 regular-season appearances, striking out 67 batters in 82 2/3 innings.

Victorino sparked the lineup with a .293 batting average, 14 homers and 36 stolen bases.

Blanton was a horse in the starting rotation after arriving in a trade from Oakland, going 4-0 as a Phillie.

All four players contributed greatly to the Phils' 2008 World Series title run, making arguably the most significant year in Phillies history even more important. Here are some other monumental events from 1980:

*Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington.

*The Iran-Iraq War begins.

*Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed in New York.

*The United States Olympic hockey team pulls off the "Miracle on Ice" over the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games.

*CNN becomes the first 24-hour news network.

*Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel and Xerox introduce the DIX standard for Ethernet.

*The U.S. boycotts the Moscow Summer Games.

*Rosie Ruiz wins the Boston Marathon and is later stripped of her title for cheating.

In pop-culture news, "Pac-Man" -- the best-selling arcade game in history -- was released and millions of people sat glued to the TV to watch the "Who shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas."

In movie theaters, "The Empire Strikes Back" was the biggest box-office hit, "Raging Bull" brutalized audiences, "Caddyshack," "Airplane!" and "Stir Crazy" busted them up with laughter, "Friday the 13th" and "The Shining" gave them nightmares and "Ordinary People" took home most of the Oscars.

In music, Iron Maiden released its debut album, Queen rocked the world with "Another One Bites the Dust," Blondie lit up the radio with "Call Me" and Rupert Holmes made novelty playlists for years to come with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)."

And who can forget Lipps, Inc., the one-hit wonder that gave us "Funkytown?"

That would be a fitting alternate title for the City of Brotherly Love if the Phils take World Series No. 2 exactly 28 years after their first one.

Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. <