August 21, 1883:
In their inaugural season the Phillies are shut out, 28-0, by the Providence Grays. This ranks as the worst loss in the team’s 125-year existence, and to this day it remains the most lopsided shutout in the history of major-league baseball. Pitcher Art Hagen, who took the loss for the Phillies, finished 1883 with a record of 1-14.
Earlier that season, Providence had beaten Philadelphia by a score of 24-6. The Phillies’ brutal first season finally embraced the sweet release of Death sporting a record of 17-81-1 (.173). Fortunately for Phillies fans, however, their team would soon recover from this debacle, and never have a bad season again.
It seems appropriate that the Phils suffered the greatest loss in baseball history.
Hat Tip: 700 Level