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After Phillies End Losing Streak, 200 Fans Greet Club at Philadelphia Airport

Aug. 21, 1961 - Two hundred fans turned out in rain at Philadelphia International Airport today to greet the Phillies when they arrived home from Milwaukee, where they ended a 23-game losing streak yesterday. The fans, accompanied by a five-piece band, gave the Phils a hero's welcome. Three burly fans lifted Manager Gene Mauch on their shoulders. Mauch, who appeared stunned, told the crowd: "One day we'll come home after winning 23 out of 24, and they'll have to build a new airport." Bob Carpenter, owner of the Phillies, said of the fans' welcome: "It was the darndest thing I ever saw. Sure, I was surprised. I always say Philadelphia is one of the best sports towns in the country."


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