Remembering the Philadelphia A’s

Posted by Johnny Goodtimes, Sun, October 07, 2012 11:06 AM | Comments: 4
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This is written by Johnny Goodtimes, best known for his pursuit of trivia throughout the Philadelphia area.

With the Phillies out of contention, it is now time to turn our attention to that “other” Philadelphia team…the 1929 A’s! Considered by most historians to be one of the 5 greatest teams in MLB history, the 1929 A’s crushed Gehrig, Ruth, and the rest of the Yankees to win the pennant by 18 games to go to the World Series against the Chicago Cubs, led by Rogers Hornsby and Hack Wilson. And over at Phillysportshistory.com, I’m covering that Series as if it were going on live. Wasting way too much of my time in the library on microfiche, and scouring the darkest, baseball-geekiest corners of the internet, I am rounding up tons of old articles, pictures, interviews, and even a little video of that 1929 Fall Classic, and will be presenting them over on the Philly Sports History site for the next week in real time (plus 83 years) with the games themselves. Last year, I covered the 1911 A’s run in much the same way, and the readers and I had so much fun with it I decided to try it again.

And the ’29 Series was a classic, with one of the most memorable innings in baseball history, and the last game ending in a walkoff in Philly with the President of the U.S. in the stands, blisfully unaware that the country was 2 weeks away from it’s greatest economic collapse of all time.
So with Rollins, Howard, and Utley on the golf course, come on over to phillysportshistory.com and cheer on Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Lefty Grove. And as an extra feature this year, I’ve interviewed a man who was there. Jack Rooney, whose parents owned a house across the street from Shibe and who remembers watching that Series as a child, will give us his recollections about that World Series! Jack’s parents (and almost all of their neighbors) had people pay to sit on their roofs and watch the games. Connie Mack was furious, and the week before the Series was filled with court cases and stern warnings from L&I. We’ll cover that controversy too.
So find out why the great Al Simmons was booed in his home stadium, which Cub superstar choked massively in Game 4, and which Philly pitcher “Could throw a lamb chop past a wolf.” And hopefully we’ll have a live World Series to cheer on next year.
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Johnny Goodtimes has written 18 articles on Phillies Nation.

Johnny Goodtimes is not only Philly's premiere quizmaster, he's also a Philly sports history junkie, starting his own site, Philly Sports History. He has written humor and sports columns for the City Paper, Philly Mag, and the Metro, and still harbors an unhealthy resentment towards Rod Barajas.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Personally, I could care less about Oakland. The A’s left the area about five years before I became a baseball fan. Sorry for that. I ONLY have eyes for the Phillies. Although I am following the postseason — rooting for the National League and the Washington Nationals (because they are in the same division as the Phils.)

    In the American League — my favorite is Baltimore.

  • Posts: 0 xxloua

    I remember the Phil. A’s and saw them many times….the days of Eddie Joost, Ferris Fain etc. those were good days
    I wish they win it again this year

  • Posts: 0 Jimbo

    Honestly, It’s a wonder that the Phillies managed to stay in Philadelphia while the A’s got kicked to the west coast. If it weren’t for the Whiz kids of 1950 combined with the awful A’s teams of 1933-1954 (when the philles were pretty much just as bad) we would probably still be routing for the Athletics, or perhaps no team all. I mean the Phillies didn’t win their first world series until AFTER the Athletics were gone for 26 years.

    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      As you are probably aware, the A’s played the role of midwest vagabonds enroute to Oakland.
      Hung there for 11 years before one of the truly great owners in Game history, Charlie Finley headed west.

      But what’s not well known, and I come to that conclusion based on my own not being aware of it until a year ago was that there was actually consideration, or actual negotiation for the Phils to move to KC, and leave the A’s to handle the Delaware Valley. Wonder how that would have worked historically. Like Reggie growing up in Cheltenham, and playing at Connie Mack, and opeing the Vet. Oooo-eeee.

      That story might be far better known than I’m aware, but I figured I’d have heard of it long ago if it was that much of a commonly known item.

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