World Series preview: Philadelphia vs. Houston, a brief history
The 2022 World Series will be just the third postseason series between major sports teams from Philadelphia and Houston — and the first in over 40 years.
Looking back: Their first two playoff meetings couldn't happen today due to changes in leagues and conferences.
1977 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (76ers beat Rockets, 4-2): Yes, Houston (along with San Antonio) was once an Eastern Conference team, while Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee were in the West.
- Julius Erving starred in this series, getting the best of future teammate Moses Malone and the Rockets.
- The 76ers ultimately fell to Bill Walton's Trail Blazers in the NBA Finals, 4-2.
1980 MLB NLCS (Phillies beat Astros, 3-2): This was one of the most dramatic playoff series in MLB history, with four of the five games going to extras. Philly won Games 4 and 5 in the Astrodome, both in 10 innings.
- In 1980, the Phillies, Eagles, 76ers and Flyers all made the championship round — but only the Phillies won it all.
- The Astros moved to the AL in 2013 to balance the leagues with three divisions of five teams each.
- That's largely due to its teams simply being around longer. The Philadelphia Athletics, for example, won five World Series (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930) before the Astros were even founded (1962).
- Houston also doesn't have an NHL team, making it the largest U.S. market without a complete set of teams in the Big Four sports leagues.
Shoutout to Axios Sports reader Richard Rothschild for inspiring this story.