October 27, 2011
The two teams caught trains into Philadelphia after Game 3, and their reception in the City of Brotherly Love was radically different. The A’s were greeted as conquering heroes. Three bands were hired to welcome them to the North Philadelphia train station, and thousands of fans turned out to hail their heroes. The players walked with their wives towards their cars, and fans carried a large blue flag with a white elephant on it behind them, calling after Home Run Baker. He told them that he wasn’t hurt badly and that he’d be ready to play in Game 4.
The Giants got a very different reception when they reached the Reading Terminal station at 10:25 p.m. and headed for the taxis. Fred Snodgrass, who slid into Home Run Baker and sliced his arm and knee, will be a goat in Philadelphia as long as he is alive. The Giants are staying at the Hotel Majestic at Broad and Girard (above. You can see the lobby by clicking here.)
Info gathered from Frank “Home Run” Baker: Hall of Famer and World Series Hero as well as Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball.