The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their most common nicknames include: The Phils, The Fightin' Phils or simply, The Fightin's.
Although the Phillies are currently the only major league franchise operating in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Athletics (now the Oakland Athletics) were once the club's crosstown rivals in the first half of the 20th century (1901-1954).
Since the divisional realignment of 1969, the Phillies have played in the Eastern Division of the National League. They are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in all of American professional sports. Until 2005, the Phillies suffered the longest World Series championship drought in baseball history at 97 years (1883-1980). The unfortunate record has since been broken by the Chicago Cubs (1908-present). Still, the Phillies have lost more games than any franchise in any sport (9,956) and will soon become the first professional franchise to reach 10,000 losses. Yet, despite all its shortcomings, the club has had its fair share of talent, and currently claims 31 Hall of Famers.