Timeline of the Best New York and Philadelphia Sports Match-ups

The 2009 World Series has officially been set between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Because the teams play in two of the oldest cities in America, and their close proximity to each other, there has been a long rivalry between The Big Apple and The City of Brotherly Love.

Just look at this 1852 article from the New York Times that spits some trash talking on Philly because the city was upset that the mint might move to New York. Yup – these two cities were getting all beefed up over the freaking mint.

During the 20th Century, the dislike between the two cities has heated with the rise of professional sports. It also doesn’t hurt  that  both cities are home to loud and passionate fans. The World Series could get rather ugly.

To honor what will surely become another great moment in their long standing rivalry, here’s a time line of the greatest New York vs. Philly sports moments.

October 13, 1905

1905 World Series Program

The New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Athletics four games to one in the second World Series ever played.

October 26, 1911: The Philadelphia Athletics defeat The New York Giants in game 6.

October 7-11, 1913: The A’s take out the Giants in game five. The rivalry relocated to California, and was renewed, in the 1989 World Series when the Oakland A’s beat the San Francisco Giants.

November 11, 1930


Philadelphia debuted it’s first hockey time, the Quakers, against the New York Rangers in a disappointing 3-0 loss. The Quakers folded after only one season in Philly, but it wouldn’t be the last time the Rangers would face a team in Philly.

October 15, 1933: One of the greatest rivalries in the NFL is established when the Philadelphia Eagles took a licking at the hands of the New York Football Giants 56-0 in their first ever meeting.

April 18, 1936: The Philadelphia Sphas defeat the Brooklyn Visitations in the American Basketball League Championship.

April 13, 1941: The Sphas sweep the Brooklyn Celtics in the ABL Championship. The Celtics would become the NBA’s Boston Celtics, while the New York Knickerbokers would go on to fill the void in the Big Apple.

October 4 – 7, 1950

Phils-Yanks 1950

The Yankees sweep the ‘Whiz Kids’ Phillies in the World Series.

November 20, 1960

Chuck Knocks Out Frank

The Eagles’ Chuck Bednarik knocked the shit out of the Giants’ Frank Gifford, which lead to Gifford missing the remainder of the season.

March 2, 1962: Wilt Chamberlain, playing for the Philadelphia Warriors, scores 100 points against the New York Knicks, setting an NBA record. The Warriors would relocate to California not too soon after.

April 27, 1962: The Phillies and Mets squared off for the first time.

June 21, 1964: Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning lands a perfect game against the Mets.

April 25, 1974


The Flyers eliminate the New Rangers in the semi-finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flyers would go on to win The Cup, becoming the first expansion team outside of the Original Six (Montreal Canadians, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers) to do so.

November 18, 1978


“The Miracle of the Meadowlands” occurs when the Giants, who only needed to kneel down to secure a win, decided to run the ball instead. The handoff was botched, and Eagles defender Herm Edwards took it to the house for a 19-17 Eagles victory.

April 24, 1979: The Rangers beat the Flyers four games to one in the quarter-finals. The Rangers go on to make it to cup, but lose to Montreal.

April 22, 1980: The Flyers revenge the previous year’s playoff loss by taking out the Rangers in the 80′ quarter-finals. The Flyers make it to the finals, only to be bested by another New York team, the Islanders.

October 19, 1980

Tug McGraw

The Phils win the World Series over the Kansas City Royals, thanks in part to one Tug McGraw. McGraw pitched for the Mets from 1965 to 1974, earning a World Series victory in 1969 and coining the team’s rally cry, “Ya Gotta Believe!”

Tug then moved to the Phils in 1975 and stayed there until 1984. During this time they won three division championships and appeared in the 1980 and 1984 World Series. Ouch. But, it was during the victory parade for the 80′ World Series that fueled the fire between the teams when McGraw said that New York fans could “take this championship and shove it.”

December 27, 1981: The Giants came to Veterans Stadium and upset the defending NFC champs Eagles 27-21 in a Wild Card match-up. This marked the first time the Giants had made the playoffs since 1963, which had to make this a harsher loss for Philly fans.

April 11 1982: Rangers take out the Flyers in the divisional semi-finals three games to one.

April 9, 1983: The Flyers are swept by the Rangers in the divisional semi-finals.



The Philadelphia 76ers get payback when they sweep the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs, and eventually, winning the title against the Los Angeles Lakers.

April 13, 1985: The Rangers get swept by the Flyers in division semi-finals. The Flyers also take out the New York Islanders, only to get beat by the Edmonton Oilers in the Cup.

April 15, 1986: Flyers/Rangers face off again in division semi-finals. The Rangers end up on top three games to two.

September 12, 1986: The Mets needed just one more win to clinch the division. They game to Philly, with champagne in hand, expecting the division to be theirs. Instead, the Phils beat the Mets in both games of the series. Mets fans were so pissed that they ripped out seats in the stadium and one of them even punched a Philly cop. However, it all worked out, cause the Mets would go on to win the World Series against the Red Sox.

April 17, 1987


The Flyers best the Rangers 4-2 in another division semi-final series. Philly, like in 1985, take out the Islanders and again lose in the finals to the Oilers.

November 21, 1988: The Eagles clinched the division, and knocked the Giants out of the playoffs, during overtime because of this game. It’s most memorable for the way the Giants lost, however. They blocked a field goal attempt, only to have the Eagles Clyde Simmons recover the ball and return it for a TD.

1989: The Knicks sweep the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs. However, the Philadelphia Wings steal the National Lacrosse League Championship by beating the New York Saints.

July 18, 1989


The Mets traded Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell to the Phils for Juan Samuel. McDowell became a fan favorite in Philly and Dykstra went on to three All-Star games, while Samuel, became a bust. The trade helped signal in the Phillies ascent in the division to the Mets descent.

September 27, 1989: During the final game at Shea Stadium for the year, an all out brawl occurred when the Mets Gregg Jefferies charged the mound for McDowell. The benches cleared and punches were thrown before the Umps regained control.

August 10, 1990: Another brawl between the Mets and Phils at Shea. After Mets pitcher Doc Gooden struck two Phillies, the favor was returned to him when he went up to bat. Gooden went after Pat Combs, only to have catcher Darren Daulton right behind him, and yup, a fight ensued. In the end six players, and Phils coach Mike Ryan, were ejected, and, ultimately, eight players were fined.

November 26, 1990: The Eagles smashed the Giants 31-10, which ended the Giants unbeaten season.

May 26, 1995: The Flyers sweep the defending Stanley Cup champ Rangers during conference semi-finals. Flyers go on to lose to another rival, the New Jersey Devils, in the conference finals.

May 25, 1997


Rangers lose to the Flyers in five games. Flyers go on to the Cup, but get swept by the Red Wings. The Rangers don’t make the playoffs until the 2005-2006 season.

January 7, 2001: The Giants surprised many during the 2000 season, going from 7-9 in 1999 to earning the top seed in the NFC. Philly and New York met during a divisional playoff, and thanks to Ron Dixon’s opening TD kick-off return and Jason Sehorn’s pick six, the Giants won soundly.

2001: MLB changed it’s scheduling format, which would allow for more divisional matchups. The Phils and Mets battled 19 times during this season. The plan worked, as attendance between the two teams began to grow.

December 28, 2002: If the Eagles were looking for vengeance for the playoff loss in 2001, it wouldn’t be here. The Giants beat them 10-7 in OT, which was good enough to lock down a playoff spot.

May 9, 2006: Former Phils pitcher Billy Wagner liked to stir things up by running his mouth, after he signed with the Mets in the 2005-2006 season. Which lead to a war of words between him and Pat Burrell.

September 17, 2006: The week two match-up is memorable because of the come from behind win for the Giants. The Eagles were up 24-7 going into the 4th, when Eli Manning lead a massive 30-26 come back victory.

January 7, 2007


The NFC East rivals met again in a first round playoff battle. The Giants were high on Tiki Barber’s huge game against the Redskins the week before. The Eagles had won five straight with Jeff Garcia subbing for Donovan McNabb. With a tied game, the Eagles marched down the field and were able to set up a David Akers game winning field goal.

January 23, 2007: Jimmy Rollins predicted that his Phillies were the team to beat in the upcoming season. Many New Yorkers snickered, since the Mets were doing so well. At the end of the season, the Mets fell apart, known as “The Collapse,” and the Phils won the division, proving Rollins’ prediction to come true.

February 16, 2008: Carlos Beltran tells Jimmy Rollins that the Mets are “the team to beat”. During the season the two teams battled for the lead in the division, but in the end, it was the Phillies that not only captured the division, but also the World Series.

July 5, 2008: The Philadelphia Soul beat the New York Dragons in the conference divisional playoff match. The Soul would go on to win the last Arena Football League Championship.

April 10, 2010: A new Philly/New York rivalry could ignite, as Major League Soccer comes to Philly. It’s believed that the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls could become bitter division rivals.

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  1. Nice work! A few corrections- the Phillies were NL Champs in 1980 7 1983, not 84' as the article states. Also, Tug McGraw instantly clarified that his remarks about NY were directed towards the media- NOT the fans. You could also add the very 1st MISL Championship Series in 1979 when the NY Arrows beat my beloved Philadelphia Fever two games to none. As for outdoor soccer, NY's Cosmos were NASL Champs in 1972 but were dethroned the following year by the expansion 1973 Philadelphia Atoms, who hold the distinction as the only soccer team to win a league championship in its 1st year. As Atoms fans we instantly hated the Cosmos! Turning to football, the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL beat their arch rival New Jersey General's in the 1st round of the 1984 playoffs en route to their 1st USFL Championship.

  2. Great and informative post.

  3. Brock Trader says:

    The Blackhawks will most certainly be taking home the cup this yr, simply no doubt about it. Prior throughout the 2010 playoffs i assumed Chicago seemed to be condemned merely because of the Hossa curse. three totally different clubs, 3 different yrs, all making it to the cup finals but yet certainly not succeeding. Why don’t we look at if he can acutally win one this year. And aside from the fact, i can’t bear Philly for arguments that definitely will go un-named. Phillys time frame inside the spot light is definitely through, down 2-0 they don’t have a chance. Go Hawks!