Archive for the ‘Baseball History’ Category

Down Memory Lane with the Foxx Family

By David Jordan   In the summer of 1924, Connie Mack purchased from the Easton club of the Eastern Shore League the contract of a broad-shouldered, muscular 16-year-old catcher named Jimmie Foxx. Foxx, a farm boy from Sudlersville, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was recommended to Mack by his former Hall of Fame third baseman, Frank […]

Down Memory Lane with Gail Hebert

My father took me to my first Philadelphia Athletics game in 1948 and it was well into the 50s before I moved on to to other things. I was brought up in Richboro, PA and was able to attend all of the home games and many away games during those years. That was a time […]

1908: A Year of Transition

by Bob Warrington Introduction Connie Mack’s biographer, Frederick G. Lieb, had this to say about the Philadelphia Athletics’ 1908 season, “The A’s went into a sharp tailspin.” After a second place finish in 1907 with an 88-57 record, the team dropped to 68-85 in 1908, earning the A’s sixth place at season’s end—the lowest the […]

COLBY JACK COOMBS

by Dale B. Smith In the early years of our lives June was a special time. In our childhood it meant the beginning of summer vacations. Later, it meant graduation. Our graduation was a chance to shine, if only for a few seconds, to hear our names called and to walk across a stage, diploma […]

IRA THOMAS: CONNIE MACK’S LIEUTENANT

by Dale B. Smith “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Charles Dickens could easily have been referring to the 1914 season of the Philadelphia Athletics. For Connie Mack, 1914 meant both another American League pennant and the destruction of his Athletics family. It was a year of bitter disappointment […]

1910 – 2010 100th Anniversary Philadelphia Athletics First World Series Championship

     

1947 Memorial Day Shibe Park Philadelphia, PA

By Daniel W. Reid,     North Wales, PA I have one memory from my youth, growing up in Philadelphia, that I have wanted to share with you for some time. Nothing changed as a result of that 1947 Memorial Day in old Shibe Park in Philadelphia; but it was a day etched forever in my […]

Phillies Help Open Ebbets Field

By Bob Warrington Introduction Philadelphia is a place where much baseball history has been made. A season isn’t played entirely at home, however, and there have been numerous occasions when a Philadelphia baseball team participated in a game of lasting significance while on the road. Such an event took place on April 9, 1913 when […]

Johnny Evers: A Philadelphia Phillie

By Bob Warrington A Summary of Evers’ Career The name Johnny Evers should be instantly recognizable to any true baseball fan. He had an 18-year career and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF). Evers’ HOF plaque notes that he was “one of the game’s smartest and scrappiest players.”

WHEN BASEBALL & PROFESSIONAL SPORTS WENT TO WAR

This photograph was taken about October 20, 1944 at an Island known as part of the Hawaian Island Ohhau, we can locate such stars as Steve Lack, (All American from Duke) Eddie Pelligrenie, Eddie Robinson, Max Patkin, Del Ennis, Barney McCosky, Mickey Vernon, Pee Wee Reese. There are so many others we cannot identify.