Philadelphia Professional Sports Teams

Philadelphia is one of the world’s great sport cities, one of the few that can boast professional teams in all four major sports: baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey. Philadelphians love their teams; all four make their home in South Philadelphia, where an ever-improving sports complex has developed, devoted almost entirely to them. On game days, the north/south subway line that bisects the city runs express trains that end at the stadium complex, filled with riders wearing Phillies’ red, Eagles’ green, Flyers’ orange, or Sixers’ red, white and blue.

Basketball: The Philadelphia 76ers play in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association, and have a long history highlighted by the play of some of basketball’s greatest players. Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Dr. J Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen The Answer Iverson are just a few of the star players who have led the Sixers through the years. Now playing at the Wachovia Center, the 76ers have struggled over the last few years, winning a playoff berth in the 2008 season, but suffering early elimination.

Ice Hockey: The Philadelphia Flyers play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. They have the 2nd best all-time winning percentage in the entire NHL, and are perhaps best known for their play in the mid 1970s, when they not only won the Stanley Cup, but also defeated the Soviet Union’s Central Red Army. Their aggressive style of play and their long time arena location (first at the Spectrum, now at the Wachovia Center) on Broad Street earned them the nickname
The Broad Street Bullies. Team leaders and legends over the years have included Bernie Parent, Bobby Clark, and Bill Barber. In recent play, the Flyers made it to the playoffs in 2009, but suffered early elimination.

Football: The Philadelphia Eagles play in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference at Lincoln Financial Field, a new, state-of-the art stadium. Though the team has never won a Super Bowl, their fans are known as some of the best, most loyal in the league; they are also known as the fans who threw snowballs at Santa Claus. The team is highly regarded for their extensive charity work, most notably through their philanthropic branch, the Eagles Youth Partnership, which provides low income children throughout the region with books and eyeglasses. Eagles’ greats through the years have included Chuck Bednarik, Mike Ditka, Reggie White and Randall Cunningham. In recent play they have been lead by Donovan McNabb; they have won five NFC championships in the last eight years and played in the 2004 Super Bowl, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots.

Baseball: The Philadelphia Phillies play in the Eastern Division of the National League of Major League Baseball. The team dates back to 1883, and is the oldest continuous single-city, single-name team in all of professional sports. Their most recent home is Citizens Bank Park, a new, state-of-the-art venue in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The team boasts one of the most popular mascots in all of professional sports, the Phillie Fanatic, as well as a long list of Hall of Fame players including Jim Bunning, Mike Schmidt, and Steve Carlton. In recent play, the Phillies are the 2008 World Series champions and clinched the 2009 National League Eastern Division title.