Top 10 individual plays in Philly sports history
The honorable mentions
Shane Victorino’s grand slam in the 2008 NLDS vs. Brewers, Corey Clement’s touchdown in Super Bowl LII vs. Patriots, Mike Schmidt’s 500th home run, Bobby Clarke's OT winner vs. Bruins in 1974, Miracle at the Meadowlands, Miracle at the Meadowlands 2.
10. Brett Myers clinches the division
It had been 14 years since the Phillies reached the playoffs, they were in the last game of their fourth season at Citizens Bank Park, and were one pitch away from winning the division and returning to the playoffs. Having benefitted from an epic Mets collapse down the stretch of the season, Brett Myers struck out Wily Mo Pena and set off the biggest celebration in Citizens Bank Park history to that point, and began arguably the greatest run in Phillies history, and a streak of five straight NL East crowns.
9. Simon Gagne makes history vs. Bruins
The Flyers completed the biggest comeback in franchise history. They were down 3-0 in the series but forced a Game 7. In Game 7, they fell behind 3-0, only to come back to win on a goal by Simon Gagne to win the series and become the third team in NHL history to come back from a 0-3 series deficit.
8. 4th and 26
The Eagles were at home with the ball needing a score to tie or win the game. Things looked bleak with 1:12 left and no timeouts, however, it was undoubtedly the most memorable play in Freddie Mitchell's career. Donovan McNabb threw the ball over the middle and Mitchell made a leaping catch for 28 yards. The play led to a tying field goal by David Akers to send the game to overtime, in which a Brian Dawkins interception of Brett Favre set up an Akers game-winning kick.
7. Jimmy Rollins walk-off double in 2009 NLCS vs. Dodgers
In the aftermath of 2008, Jimmy Rollins’ walk-off double in Game 4 of the 2009 NLCS is maybe the most clutch hit of Rollins’ career. However, theres a backstory. Three batters earlier, it was Jonathan Broxton once again staring down Matt Stairs who had done him in a year earlier in a similar situation, with his team on the verge of tying the NLCS at two games a piece, two outs in the 9th inning; this time Stairs walked, which paved the way for the Phillies’ comeback, culminated by Rollins’ walk-off double, one of the signature moments of the Phillies second straight NL pennant run.
6. Matt Stairs’ home run in 2008 NLCS vs Dodgers
Matt Stairs was a one-trick pony, and that trick was the turning point of the 2008 NLCS. After Shane Victorino tied a game that was starting to look like a Phillies loss, Stairs "rips one into the night" as Joe Buck called, and it proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Dodgers.
5. Rick MacLeish scores Cup-winning goal in final seconds of 1974 Stanley Cup Final
The lone goal scored in Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final came off the stick of Rick MacLeish in the first period. "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Flyers are going to win the Stanley Cup" is one of the most iconic calls in the history of this sports-rich city. The parade for the Flyers in 1974 set the standard for championship parades to which parades by the Phillies and Eagles most recently have been compared.
4. Tug McGraw strikes out Willie Wilson
Perhaps the loudest moment ever at Veterans Stadium, Tug Mcgraw struck out Willie Wilson to end the 1980 World Series and sent the city into a state of euphoria. It was the only championship ever to be won at the Vet in any sport.
3. Mo Cheeks’ dunk sealing NBA championship vs. Lakers
Think about it: Have you ever seen a player in any sport complete an actual play in a game with the joy and excitement that Mo Cheeks showed during the final seconds of Game 4 of the 1983 NBA Finals, the dunk followed by a raucous celebration at the Great Western Forum against the mighty Los Angeles Lakers? That's right, in front of Jack Nicholson, and countless other celebrities, the Sixers completed a sweep of Magic and Kareem. It also was one shining moment for a perfectly constructed team coached by Billy Cunningham. It remains one of the most dominant playoff runs (12-1) in the history of the league. Walk around Philadelphia and say "Fo Fi Fo" and some people may look at you like you're crazy, but most will know what you mean.
2. Lidge strikes out Eric Hinske to win World Series
If you concentrate, you can hear the iconic voice of Harry Kalas setting the scene: “The stretch, the 3-2 pitch, swing and a miss, struck heeem out, the Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball!” It was the last big call of Harry Kalas’ career. We lost the legend just five months later. Beyond Harry's call, this one pitch ended decades of heartbreak in Philadelphia; it ended a 25-year championship drought. It was the pinnacle of arguably the best era of Phillies baseball.