Philadelphia Athletics – Philly Championships

With a lull in sports, I thought I would delve into some history. Philadelphia has a long history of winning Championships in sports. Going as far back as the 1920s. Let’s talk Philadelphia Athletics.

The Frankford Yellow Jackets (NFL), The Eagles, Phillies, Warriors (NBA), Sixers, Flyers, Phantoms (AHL), Stars (USFL), Wings (MILL, NLL) a few others in lesser-known sports. In this chapter, we present the Philadelphia Athletics. They moved to Kansas City then, where they currently reside, Oakland.

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To The Beginnings

The Philadelphia Athletics have been around longer than the World Series. The Shibe family which included cousin, Cornelius McGillicudy better known as Connie Mack, brought the organization to life in 1901. Their original home was located at 29th and Columbia in the area known as North Philadelphia. Eight years later the team relocated to 21st and Lehigh in the Swampoodle neighborhood and called “Shibe Park” home.

Winning Tradition Begins.

Just one year after their inception, the Athletics captured their first pennant. The winning continued with several more pennants, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929-30-31. 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, and 1930 saw them capture the ultimate prize, the World Series. In a history that encompassed 54 years, Philadelphia employed an unbelievable just three managers! Connie Mack, 1901 to 1950, Jimmy Dykes 1951- 1953, and Eddie Joost 1954.

Players You May Know?

An astounding number of Hall of Famers, including, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in 1908, Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Ty Cobb, Mikey Cochrane, Eddie Collins, Jimmy Foxx, Nellie Foxx, Lefty Grove, George Bell, Nap Lajoie, Connie Mack, Eddie Plank, AL Simmons, Tris Speaker, Rube Waddell, and Zack Wheat. While most made their fame in other organizations, however, each spent time with Philly.

No-Hitters

Several no-nos were tossed including, Welton Henry 1905, Chief Bender 1910, Joe Bush 1916, Dick Fowler 1945, and Bill McCann 1947. Harry Byrd was named Rookie of the Year in 1953.

Why They Left?

The interest in the Phillies drew many of the A’s fans away. Finances were tight and the Shibe’s sold the rights to concessions in an effort to stay afloat. In the long run, it was a bad decision. To attempt to draw fans back, the Athletics began to sign bigger name Phillies players to which Mack (now the Head Man with the Phillies) sued the Athletics and eventually won.

To show how astute a businessman Mack was, he traded the players in question to Cleveland. With the litigation ongoing, the Players could only play in Pennsylvania. The situation was resolved but, Giants manager, John McGraw, called the Phillies a “white elephant” hence, the elephant logo on the current Oakland uniforms.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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