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The Fight for Sunday Baseball in Philadelphia

by Bob Warrington Introduction The City of Philadelphia’s first legal baseball game between major league teams on a Sunday occurred on April 8, 1934. The hometown exhibition game between the Athletics and Phillies took place at Shibe Park, and 15,000 saw the Phillies win 8-1. George M. Mawhinney of The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that, in […]

Shibe Park’s Grand Opening

By Bob Warrington Introduction When the Philadelphia Athletics were created in 1901 as one of the clubs in the newly formed American League, the team had an immediate need for a ballpark in which to play its home games. Athletics’ Manager Connie Mack found a suitable vacant lot and took out a 10-year lease on […]