Shieber: Philadelphia A’s old-timers game in 1939 brought together two generations of legends

From SABR member Tom Shieber at on September 8, 2017:

The 1939 Philadelphia Athletics were not a good ball club. They finished the season with a record of 55-97, basically the same record as in each of their previous four seasons, and had little hope of improving in years to come.

But in the late summer of ’39, some 25,000 fans gathered at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park to celebrate two Athletics dynasties from years past. Between games of a Sept. 10 doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia staged an exhibition contest pitting stars from the powerhouse Athletics of 1929, 1930, and 1931 against greats from the stellar A’s squads of 1910 through 1914.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s unparalleled Library collection preserves some of this history of this unique game.


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Originally published: September 8, 2017. Last Updated: September 8, 2017.