Demographics May Doom Philadelphia A’s Society

From Frank Fitzpatrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer on February 22:

Not long ago, the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society had to cancel its annual fund-raising breakfasts, because most of the players who used to attend had died.

More recently, the passing of 1953 all-star Gus Zernial left the number of surviving ex-A’s at either 36 or 37. No one was certain, because Max Silberman, the member tasked with keeping the count, died two years ago.

From Frank Fitzpatrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer on February 22:

Not long ago, the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society had to cancel its annual fund-raising breakfasts, because most of the players who used to attend had died.

More recently, the passing of 1953 all-star Gus Zernial left the number of surviving ex-A’s at either 36 or 37. No one was certain, because Max Silberman, the member tasked with keeping the count, died two years ago.

Like the last vestiges of a deep and memorable snow, those who played and rooted for Connie Mack’s A’s are gradually melting away. Soon, members of the historical society fear, the franchise which departed for Kansas City in 1954 after 53 years in Philadelphia and five world championships will be an increasingly obscure local memory, like Horn & Hardart’s, Woodside Park, or Frank’s Black Cherry Wishniak.

Read the full article here: http://articles.philly.com/2011-02-22/sports/28617436_1_hatboro-site-philadelphia-athletics-historical-society-memorabilia



Originally published: February 23, 2011. Last Updated: February 23, 2011.

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