The agony of defeat 

June, 12, 2007
06/12/07
2:41
PM ET
Lots of good stuff in the New York Times lately about losing.

This morning, we learn about the losingest team in professional sports history: It's the Phillies.

In fact, no team has ever stunk so often as the Phillies, who, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, have lost more games than any professional franchise in any sport. The Phillies are 14 losses from a particular threshold of ignominy -- the 10,000th defeat for a club that has won one lonely World Series title (in 1980) during its 125 years of often dreadful existence.

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