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10/21/08 6:47 PM ET

Phils' Series history points to AL East

Four of five opponents were teams that now make up division

If the Phillies are in the World Series, it must mean their opponent is from the American League East.

In the Phillies' five prior trips to the Fall Classic, they've faced a representative from what is now the AL East in four of those matchups. Their lone championship came in 1980 against the Kansas City Royals, an AL Central team that was then a member of the AL West.

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Here is a look at the Phillies' previous trips to the Fall Classic:

• In 1915, the Phillies won the National League pennant with a 90-62 record before falling to the AL champion Red Sox, who had won 101 regular-season games, four games to one.

• In 1950, the Phillies won the NL pennant with 91 wins but were swept by the Yankees, who had won 98 games during the regular season.

• In 1980, the Phillies beat the Royals four games to two. The Royals won the AL West that year with 97 wins while the Phils won the NL East with 91 wins and outlasted the Astros in a tense, five-game NLCS.

• In 1983, the Phillies won the NL East with 90 victories and stormed past the Dodgers in the NLCS only to lose in five games to the AL East champion Orioles.

• In 1993, the Phillies won 97 games to grab the NL East title and then shocked a Braves team that had won 104 games in the NLCS before falling to the Blue Jays on Joe Carter's dramatic walk-off homer in Game 6.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.