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The Helena Phillies were a Philadelphia Phillies affiliate in the Pioneer League for six seasons. In their first season, 1978, they posted a 30-38 record for skipper Larry Rojas, and outfielder Earl Neal was an All-Star. The next year, under manager Roly de Armas, they improved to 43-26 and won the Southern Division title. Outfielder Willie Darkis led the league with 20 home runs and 83 RBI and Joe Bruno hit a league-high .385. However, the team was swept in the playoffs by the Lethbridge Dodgers.

In 1980, the Phillies fell to 32-38, and the next year, they posted an even worse 26-44 mark. The team improved slightly to 29-41 under new manager Ronald Smith in 1982, and pitcher Lance McCullers was an All-Star. However, in their final season, 1983, they were the league's worst club, going 16-54 for skipper P.J. Carey.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1978 30-38 6th Larry Rojas
1979 43-26 1st Roly de Armas Lost League Finals
1980 32-38 3rd Roly de Armas
1981 26-44 4th Roly de Armas
1982 29-41 4th Ronald Smith
1983 16-54 4th P.J. Carey
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