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Glories of Mack’s Famous Teams

1946 drawing of Shibe Park printed in the Boston Globe. Lots of interesting tidbits throughout. (Original post at ) Click on image to enlarge.    

A’s Spring Training in Anaheim circa 1941 Who do you know in this photo?

Once pitched an inning for the Philadelphia A’s

Babe Didrikson – An Athlete for the Ages by Ted Taylor You can’t win them all — but you can try.      Babe Didrikson Babe Didrikson Zaharias might have been the greatest woman athlete of all time. Certainly she excelled in more sports than any other member of her sex and, though she’s mostly […]

Al Brancato (1919 – 2012)

Albert Brancato (May 29, 1919 – June 14, 2012) was a shortstop and third baseman for the A’s from 1939 to 1941 and again in 1945. He was known to have one of the strongest arms in the American League. Brancato died on June 14, 2012, at age 93 at Sunrise at Granite Run, an […]

Remembering Philadelphia’s first World Series Champs

By PATRICK GORDON – Philadelphia Baseball Review It was a brisk October Sunday afternoon in 1910 at Chicago’s old West Side Park when Athletics pitcher Jack Coombs etched an indelible mark on Philadelphia’s baseball landscape.  The right hander, who had already won Games 2 and 3 of the World Series behind a pair of complete games, was staked to […]

Gus Zernial By Ray Arthur

Gus Zernial, the former major league slugger who settled in Clovis, CA after his 11-year career ended and became a sports broadcaster and one of the Fresno Grizzlies’ biggest advocates, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 87.  Mr. Zernial died at a Fresno hospice care center from the effects of congestive heart failure, […]

Guestbook Entry by Glenn Herbert

I am 52 years old. grew up in Philadelphia my entire life. When I was a child I discovered and adored the Phillies, going to games at Connie Mack. I heard my mother and uncle tell me how they use to work for Jerrold’s Electronics and it was located across the street from Baker Bowl, […]

Thomas “Pap” Paprocki — Rembrandt of the Sportspages

by Ronnie Joyner During the first half of the 20th century, a period when newspapers thrived because television had yet to take over as the dominant means by which Americans got their news, sports cartoonists thrived, some reaching levels of popularity usually reserved for the athletes that they illustrated.

1911 – 2011: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the1911 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics

The Philadelphia Athletics cruised to the American League pennant in 1911, beating out the second-place Detroit Tigers by 13 and a half games. Led by the pitching of Jack Coombs (28 wins), Eddie Plank (22 wins), Chief Bender (17 wins), and Cy Morgan (15 wins), and the bats of Eddie Collins (.365 BA), Frank Baker […]

The Mack-Carter TV Interview – A Baseball First?

The Mack-Carter TV Interview – A Baseball First? By Bob Warrington Collecting baseball photography has grown in popularity in recent years. All of the major auction houses feature baseball photography in their catalogues, and prices can range from quite modest for images of ordinary players to incredibly expensive for photos of major stars of yesteryear. […]