Philadelphia Baseball 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.