Archive for the ‘Baseball History’ Category

An Athletics and Phillies World Series: How Close Did They Come?

by Bob Warrington   Introduction Between the first World Series in 1903 and the Athletics departure from Philadelphia after the 1954 season, the A’s and Phillies had over 50 opportunities to play each other in the Fall Classic. They never did, of course, but it’s intriguing to wonder, “How close did Philadelphia ever come to […]

Major League Baseball Goes to War

  Take a look at amazing array of world war II soldier pictures including Elmer Valo, Feddie Caliguiri, Connie Mack Jr., Benny McCoy,  Joe Coleman and many others.  

Lou Brissie

  Baseball history is filled with examples of men who overcame huge obstacles to play the national pastime. One of them was most definitely a lefthanded pitcher named Lou Brissie.      

Phil Marchildon of the Royal Canadian Air Force

by David M. Jordan   Born in 1913 in Penetanguishene, Ontario, a small town on an inlet off Georgian Bay, Phil Marchildon grew up to be the ace of the postwar Athletics pitching staff. It was not an easy climb for Phil, and his tenure at the top was to be all too brief, its […]

Bob Savage Tells His Story

  I was born John Robert Savage on December 1, 1921 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Prior to 1939, life was quite normal and I played all sports living in a large neighborhood in Manchester. I would say there were at least 40 to 50 kids in a four square-block area. When I was about nine […]

Rube Waddell: Strikeout King

by Max Silberman When A’s fans mention great left-handed pitchers, the names of Lefty Grove, Eddie Plank and Bobby Shantz immediately spring to mind. When Phillie Curt Schilling struck out 300 batters for the second consecutive year in 1998, he joined an elite group of five pitchers including the A’s wacky Rube Waddell.  

A’s Fans Quickly Lost Interest After Move to K.C.

by Max Silberman The movement of baseball franchises, including those of the Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and Washington Senators, left millions of baseball fans without a rooting interest in a baseball team. With the exception of the Dodgers, whose fans continued to cheer for them in Los Angeles, […]