Tyler Kepner has a nice personal story about how, for a few brief shining moments anyway, Philly used to be a winner. It certainly hits home for me in that, because I was born in 1973 I, like Kepner, became aware of baseball at a time when the Phillies won all the time. They had Schmidt, Carlton, and eventually Pete Rose. How does it get any more winning than that?
Indeed, to this day I still think of the Phillies as a team with a winning tradition, even if the cold harsh light of historical perspective puts lie to that notion.