From Swampoodle to South Philly
- Prelude to the Formation of the American Association
The Jefferson Street Ball Parks (1864–91)
The Philadelphia ballparks situated at Jefferson and Master Streets, between 27th and 25th Streets, have a significant historic importance for our national pastime. Originally, this plot of land was known as the Jefferson Parade Grounds. It was used as a bivouac and training site in the years leading up to the Civil War.
- Philadelphia, October 1866: The Center of the Baseball Universe
- Did New York Steal the Championship of 1867 from Philadelphia?
- Mundell’s Solar Tips: The Intersection of Amateur, Trade, Professional and Major League Baseball in Philadelphia
Tuck Turner’s Magical 1894 Phillies Season
George A. “Tuck” Turner was a member of the National League and American Association for seven seasons (1893–98) and a utility outfielder for the Phillies for the first five of those big league seasons. How Tuck Turner became a major leaguer and a member of the Philadelphia Phillies is an unusual story.
Columbia Park II: Philadelphia American League, 1901–08
Columbia Park was the second ballpark in Philadelphia to carry the name. The first Columbia Park had been used by the National Association Philadelphia Centennials for all of two months in 1875. Columbia Park II opened for baseball on April 26, 1901, as the first home park of the American League Philadelphia Athletics. Unlike many of the other Deadball Era wooden ballparks, this one never burned.
- The Long Way to Philadelphia: The Strange Route Leading Rube Waddell To Join The Philadelphia Athletics
- The Strangest Month in the Strange Career of Rube Waddell
- Tim Hurst’s Last Call
The Delaware River Shipbuilding League, 1918
Baseball leagues flourished in American shipyards during World War I as legions of workers built warships and troop transports to safeguard the Atlantic sea lanes and carry men and materiel to Europe. Among the best of these circuits was the Delaware River Shipbuilding League of 1918.
- Harry Passon: Philadelphia Baseball Entrepreneur
The Real Jimmie Foxx
The story of Jimmie Foxx is bittersweet. In his prime, he was one of baseball’s greatest sluggers. But his career diminished prematurely as he battled injury and alcohol. Foxx struggled with life after baseball and ultimately died before his time. So, who was James Emory Foxx, and how should he be perceived by fans in the 21st century?
The Day Ted Williams Became the Last .400 Hitter in Baseball
Young Ted Williams woke up on the morning of September 28, 1941, in Philadelphia hitting .39955, just .00045 below the hallowed .400 mark. In eight at-bats of a doubleheader against the Athletics at Shibe Park that day, he cemented his legend.
The Philadelphia Phillies' 1943 Spring Training
In 1943 major league teams were forced to abandon the salubrious conditions of the South for spring training. Teams had to scramble to find northern training camps and were often burdened by harsh weather, fewer exhibition games, and inferior training facilities. With a new owner, the Philadelphia Phillies ultimately and perhaps reluctantly settled on Hershey, a community founded by chocolate king Milton S. Hershey, as their spring training headquarters.
Eddie Waitkus and "The Natural": What is Assumption? What is Fact?
Eddie Waitkus, the Fightin’ Phillies first-sacker, is best remembered not for his 182 hits and .284 average on the 1950 National League pennant-winners and not for any other on-field accomplishment. Instead, his name is inexorably linked to the plight and fate of the central character in an all-time classic baseball novel. To what extent was author Bernard Malamud influenced by baseball history and baseball lore in his portrayal of Roy Hobbs in The Natural?
- Phillies Bonus Babies, 1953-57
- Tom Qualters’s Amazing 1954 Season for the Philadelphia Phillies
- 1964 Phillies, Fans, and Media
- Dick Allen’s Second Act
- Fan Perspectives on Race and Baseball in the City of Brotherly Love
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- Connie Mack: The Tall Tactician
- The Early Years of Philadelphia Baseball
- Philadelphia Phillies: A Vibrant History
- William T. Stecher: Ignominious Record Holder, Community Servant
- Baseball’s Deadliest Disaster: “Black Saturday” in Philadelphia
- The Great Philadelphia Ballpark Riot
- Dropping the Pitch: Leona Kearns, Eddie Ainsmith and the Philadelphia Bobbies
- Connie Mack’s Second Great Athletics Team: Eclipsed by the Ruth-Gehrig Yankees, But Even Better
- The 1929 Mack Attack
- Black Tuesday: Philadelphia A's trades in December 1933
- A Phil Named Syl
- Connie Mack and Wartime Baseball — 1943
- The Sultan of Slap and Run
- Kids Snatch a Flag
A Final Season: The 1954 Philadelphia Athletics
Pundits may call the 1954 Athletics one of the all-time worst major-league teams, but they had talented players and fine human beings, among them Art Ditmar, Spook Jacobs, Vic Power, Bill Renna, and Bobby Shantz. This is the story of Philadelphia's final entry in the American League, which finished a full 60 games back of first place.
- Handy in a Pinch: Dave Philley
- Philadelphia Area Teams that Have Participated in the Little League World Series
Mitch Williams’ Amazing Month: Eight Wins Out of the Bullpen
In August 1991, Mitch Williams was the winning pitcher in eight ballgames, challenging the National League’s record of nine wins in a month, first set by Christy Mathewson in August 1903 and 1904, and then tied by Grover Cleveland Alexander in May of 1920. Many probably think that Williams must have set up his own wins by blowing saves, only to have the Phillies rally in their final at-bat and secure “vultured” victories for Williams. The assumption certainly follows the reputation Williams carried throughout his career, but it could not be further from the truth.
- Pitch Perfect: Re-examining Brad Lidge’s Performance in 2008 Using Win Probabilities Added and Leverage Index
- Philadelphia's Other Hall of Famers
- Editor's note