Archive for the ‘Baseball History’ Category

A Record with Legs: Most Double Plays Turned in a Season

By Bob Warrington   Long-ago teams live on in the record books of major league baseball. One such team, the Philadelphia Athletics, still holds the record for most double plays turned in a season—217 in 1949. That it has endured for almost 60 years, despite an increase in the regular season from 154 to 161 […]

Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium Centennial Anniversary 1909 – 2009

Dream Derailed

Harry O’Neill grew up with hopes of a Major League career. He fulfilled his goal with the Philadelphia A’s — if for only one inning — before giving his life in service of our country in World War II. By Mike Sielski The Intelligencer/The Bucks County Courier Times,  Sunday, July 19, 2009    

Inaugural Season: The 1883 Phillies

By Bob Warrington Introduction   2008 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Philadelphia Phillies. Since that inaugural season, there have been a few great Phillies’ teams, some good ones, many mediocre ones, and too many awful ones. The fact that on July 15, 2007 the Phillies became the first franchise in any […]


by Dale B. Smith It is a difficult feat to revitalize the reputation of a perhaps less than Hall of Fame baseball career years after you have hung up the spikes. Max Bishop, however, has done just that. Seventy years after he retired from major league baseball in 1935, his reputation stock continues to rise. […]

Columbia Park was the first home of the Athletics

By Rich Westcott For a ballpark that had such a short lifespan, Columbia Park played a prominent role in the evolution of major league baseball in Philadelphia. The park functioned as a major league stadium for just eight seasons starting in 1901. During that period, however, it helped to give birth to a new league, […]


by Max Silberman   Following World War II, the A’s made their last great run at the pennant, competing until Labor Day in 1948.  


Father Al Smith is shown in this photo with his Dad. The good Reverend was thoughtful enough to loan us a memento from his youth, an item of memorabilia we all used when the high cost of a “rocket” baseball was all of .98 cents.  


  by Max Silberman As long as most of us can remember, some clown posed the question: Who played for the Phillies and Athletics in the same season? When the person could not answer, the funny guy replied “The organist.” followed by laughter.

The Don of Baseball

by Bill Bozman   He was a part of professional baseball from the 1930s into the 1990s as player, coach, manager and scout. To say Don Gutteridge was a “baseball man” would be an extreme understatement. He played in 2 World Series’ (1944 & 1946) and teamed with such great players as Pepper Martin, Dizzy […]