Three Epic Games at Shibe Park
The Philadelphia Athletics
In 1902, the late John J. MCGraw, then manager of the New York Giants and bitter enemy of Ban Johnson, gave an interview belittling the entry of the American League in Philadelphia and sarcastically referred to the club that Ben Shibe and Connie Mack had as a "white elephant."
A Philadelphia newspaperman-- Charles Dryden, William Weart or George Graham--labeled the Athletics the White Elephants and the club went on to win the first of many flags. The name Athletics goes back to the early days of the game in the Quaker City. Philadelphia, in its centennial year, was represented by a trio of teams: Philadelphia, Centennials and Athletics. The city was represented by an Athletic club in the original National League, by an Athletic club in the American Association and the Philadelphia club in the American League has always been known as the Athletics.
The Philadelphia Phillies
They've been the Phillies or the Quakers ever since the team entered the National League in 1883. Philadelphia's Union Association entry in 1884 was known as the Keystones. In 1942, the club shortened the name to Phils, at the request of manager Honus Lobert but change failed to bring any improvement on the last-place standing. When new owners took over, William D. Cox, president, announced the team would be known as the Phillies.
Crowds settle on row-house rooftops overlooking Philadelphia's Shibe Park to watch the Phillies in 1910. The outfield fence was later raised to prevent nonpaying fans from watching the games.
THE BEST GAMES AT SHIBE PARK
June 15, 1925
The Athletics are losing 15-4 to the Indians in the bottom of the eighth inning when they erupt for nine hits, four walks and 13 runs for a 17-15 victory.
June 3, 1932
Yankees first baseman Lou Gerhig hits four home runs in Philadelphia, becoming the first player in the 20th century to hit four round-trippers in a contest. Gerhig missed getting number five when his ninth inning drive was caught at the wall by A's left fielder Al Simmons.
September 28, 1941
With one day and two games left in the season, Ted Williams is batting .39955 and has a chance to be the American League's first .400 hitter since 1923. He has six hits in the twin bill and ends the year with a .406 average.