May 14, 2021
On Thursday Reef and Johnny sat down with Phillies legendary PA announcer Dan Baker to discuss what it was like calling games at the Vet, and how excited he is to be back behind the mic at Citizens Bank Park this season.
May 03, 2021
We've decided to call it curtains on our store at the King of Prussia Mall.
It's been a fun two years, but it goes without saying that the events of the past year have made operating a mall store exceptionally challenging. And quite frankly, we've done so much better at online sales over the past year that we would rather focus our attention there than on hoping for a turnaround at the mall. So we've decided to readjust our game plan, and put our energy into further improving the online experience.
One of the things that was keeping us at KOP was how much we liked our manager, Glenn, and we're thrilled to report that he's going to be coming to work for us in Center City.
We are not giving up on the suburbs by any stretch of the imagination. We have already started to look at other potential landing spots, so who knows what the future holds.
But we want to say thank you to everyone who has shopped with us over the past two years at KOP, and remind you that all of our unique products will still be available at our store at 13th & Walnut in Center City and online at shibesports.com (we'll also handle any exchanges and honor any gift cards through both). Our final day of operation at the KOP Mall will be today, April 30th.
Thanks, and we hope to see you at our Center City store soon!
- Johnny and Brian
April 15, 2021
Today is a special day on the baseball calendar.
On April 15th, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball and stepped onto a Major League ball field for the first time.
To honor his legacy, 30% of all sales between today and Sunday will go toward a series of Summer Camps run by the Anderson Monarchs in North Philly, South Philly, and Kensington, as they reach out to communities that may not otherwise have access to America's Pastime.
Camps will be led by local coaches and players, and by buying a Shibe product, you will help send a child for free.
We'll also spend the next few days honoring an important part of Philadelphia Sports history, the Negro League era, through an interview with a Negro League historian, a spoken word piece from our brand ambassador Reef the Lost Cauze, and by bringing back a popular Philadelphia Stars tee.
We hope you join us in supporting this mission we firmly believe in and are proud to support.
April 08, 2021
The United States of America is a country that captures the imaginations of many travellers, and with so many things to see and do when you go there, it is easy to understand why. If you are planning a trip to America, you should definitely consider going to watch some live sports. The sports of America are an important part of the culture, and often unique to the nation. Here are five live sports we think you should check out on a trip to the US.
This game is a lot different from its European namesake. Funnily enough, the ball is kicked very rarely and spends most of its time in the hands of players as they storm across the field, gaining yard after yard until they reach the end-zone to score. The scores often run into high numbers in this sport, and the teams use a high number of players, as a whole different line-up is used for offensive and defensive plays. This game is a lot of fun to watch and lasts a long time, giving you value for money and a full day out.
This sport is fast-paced, fun to watch, and played all across the country, so wherever you go in the USA, you will never be far from a basketball game. Watching basketball live can be thrilling, with the play taking the teams from end to end. The team that has the upper hand can switch in an instant, and games can go right to the buzzer, with the final throw of the ball often deciding the victor in these close games.
This sport is probably as well known for its fights between players as it is for the speed and skill it takes to succeed on the ice. Players are often sent to the ‘sin bin’ for fisticuffs between members of opposing teams and even for in-fighting between players on the same side! This game is a lot of fun to watch live and the crowds often give the arenas a great atmosphere. Scores are low but the sport keeps you entertained throughout the game.
A National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) race is a lot more fun and thrilling to watch than you may think. NASCAR races are often overlooked as the cars mostly race on simple oval tracks, turning on steeply banked left turns just twice per lap. The simple oval tracks allow the cars to hit huge top speeds and maintain that speed as they attempt to overtake one another at up to 200 miles per hour. These races can be thrilling, and the atmosphere that crowds at NASCAR races create is legendary.
Poker is one of the fastest-growing sports in the USA. You probably wouldn’t think that watching a professionally played card game could be that interesting, but the huge sums of money on the table often grab people’s imaginations and seeing the risks that players take can be nail-biting. Professional games and competitions are played across the country, but for the biggest games, there is only one destination - Las Vegas, Nevada.
Watching some of these live sports on a trip to the United States is a fantastic experience that you will remember for a lifetime, and a great way to enjoy some of the best of American culture.
April 01, 2021
On an absurdly cold April Fools Day of 2011, the juggernaut Phillies, the most talked about team in baseball, were down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth against an eventual 100 loss team in the Houston Astros. Roy Halladay, who was deemed the team’s ace of aces, surrendered only one earned run on an RBI groundout through six innings.
Former Phillies Opening Day starter Brett Myers surprisingly bested Halladay as the Astros’ first man out and even laid down a bunt to set up two runners in scoring position who eventually crossed home plate to score in the top of the seventh.
Fast forward to the dramatic finish. All Jimmy Rollins had to do in the bottom of the ninth was get on base. He got a pitch from “closer” Brandon Lyon on the hands and hit it through the hole in on the right side for a base hit. And while the conditions were right for Ryan Howard to hit a game-tying home run (the wind was blowing to the right), the big man grinded out a tough at-bat and lined a single up the middle.
Two batters later, Ben Francisco registered the third single of the inning for the Phillies, scoring Rollins. Next up was Carlos Ruiz and after nearly winning the game on what would have been a double that was rightly called foul, Chooch fought off a 1-2 count and got a ball to the outfield. The bases were loaded for Wilson Valdez.
You guessed it, he singled. Unlike the hitters who came before, Valdez jumped on a high pitch. Since the ball was hit hard, only one runner could score. That meant pinch hitter John Mayberry Jr. had the chance to win it with the bases loaded and one out.
On a 2-2 count, Mayberry smoked a ball over the center fielder Michael Bourn's head to claim the Phillies’ first victory. Only 101 more to go.
March 28, 2021
On Saturday October 15, 1966, fans embraced the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, and Billy Cunningham as the Sixers came out of the tunnel for their final Opening Night at the Philadelphia Civic Center. This would be the last year the Sixers played at the Civic Center, as the Spectrum was opened less than a year later. What fans did not know was that they were about to witness one of the best teams the city of Philadelphia has ever had to offer.
''That was the greatest team in the history of basketball… I'm talking about all kinds of basketball, including the Dream Teams.''
This team started the year with a bang, winning 46 of their first 50 games, setting the tone for what ended up being a magical year in 76ers history. Led by a pair of 30 year old future Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Hal Greer, this Sixers team dominated on both sides of the ball. Ranking 1st in point per game and 3rd in points allowed, these Sixers decimated the rest of the league to the tune of 68 wins and 13 loses.
Finding themselves at the top of the league was a surprise to everyone throughout the basketball world. While they had great players like Wilt (who averaged 24 points and 24 REBOUNDS per game), the Boston Celtics had run the league the previous decade. Winning 9 of the last 10 NBA Championships, the Bill Russell led Celtics had finally met their match.
Cruising through the first round of the NBA Playoffs, the Sixers dethroned the Cincinnati Royals, winning the series 3-1 (first round series were only five games back then). The team was led by its two man wrecking crew, Chamberlain and Greer each had two 30-point games in the series.
Next came the daunting Celtics. Going up 3-1 in the series, the Sixers had the luxury of playing Game 6 in Philadelphia. On April 11, 1967, with an overflowing crowd of 10,000+ strong (capacity was 9,600), the 76ers had five players score 20 or more points. Led by a 29 point, 36 rebound game from The Big Dipper himself, the Sixers were able to eliminate their arch rivals 140-116, sending them to the NBA Finals for the fourth time in team history.
After reaching the Finals, the Sixers made quick work of their opponents, the San Francisco Warriors, winning the series 4-2. Despite a masterful performance in Game 6 by the Warriors Rick Barry, the depth of the Sixers was too much for San Francisco to handle.
More recently, in an article from 2020, Bleacher Report ranked these Sixers as the 14th best team of all time. While we can agree to disagree on that ranking, we will always remember the 1966-67 Sixers as one of the best in Philadelphia history.
You can vote for the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers basketball team in the third round of our Philly's Greatest Team bracket!
March 23, 2021
When our stores closed around this time last year due to the pandemic, we were 100% online for several weeks. To encourage safe and easy shopping we temporarily got rid of shipping fees. Despite the stores reopening last summer, we kept free shipping through the holiday season and into 2021.
As we (hopefully) return to some semblance of normal, we need to re-calibrate our shipping practices. We hope you understand that as a small business, we simply cannot afford to ship everything free forever. But we want to ease back into that practice gently, so we're instituting the following changes on April 1:
We're committed to producing original vintage designs and providing a great shopping experience however you connect with us. We hope this balanced approach fits best for our customers, partners and staff.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for continuing to support small local business.
- Brian & Johnny
March 22, 2021
Thirty-three years ago, John Chaney's Temple Owls were at the center of the college basketball universe. The 18-1 Owls were named the No. 1 team in the country on Feb. 8, 1988 becoming the first Big 5 team since the 1954-55 La Salle Explorers to earn the honor. The timing was impeccable as the Owls were set to take on their nationally ranked neighbors from the Main Line in what was billed as the most highly anticipated Big 5 matchup of the decade.
An overflow crowd of over 4,500 packed McGonigle Hall for the Owls’ only matchup of the season against Villanova. Rollie Massimino’s Wildcats had the upper hand early with an 8-0 run, but Temple’s prolific offensive prevailed in the end. Temple sealed the game late, outscoring the Wildcats 7-2 in the final three minutes and burying 14-consecutive free throws.
Owls freshman guard Mark Macon, who went on to become Temple’s all-time leading scorer, had a career-high 31 points. Teammate Howie Evans finished with 20 assists, two shy of the NCAA’s single-game record.
The Wildcats did all they could to match their Big 5 counterparts. They shot 51.7 percent from the floor. Point guard Kenny Wilson finished with 25 points, but they didn’t have much left to match Temple’s late onslaught.
More than a quarter of the century later, the game still holds up as one of the greatest 40 minutes of Big 5 basketball. Paradoxically, the two teams managed to play tight defense while giving up a combined 184 points. Both Massimino and Chaney cooked up a variety of defensive schemes but in the end, nine players combined to reach double figures in points. The intensity of the rivalry was amplified by the national spotlight and the players rose to the occasion.
"I thought it was one of the best basketball games played in this city in a lot of years, a lot of years," Massimino told the Inquirer after the game. "You can go back to whenever and you won’t find a basketball game played the way this one was."
Chaney, who couldn’t care less about what the polls said about his team, recognized that what transpired was worthy enough to be remembered by Philadelphia basketball fans for generations.
"Rollie and I could have stood on Broad Street and ate peanuts; this was a game for the players," Chaney said. "I don’t think I ever had control of it. It was nothing I orchestrated. The players played themselves into a win."
The Owls' performance that night secured their #1 ranking for at least another day. Chaney’s team would remain at the top for the remainder of the season, winning the next 13 games before falling to Duke in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.
You can vote for the 1988 Temple Owls men's basketball team in the first round of our Philly's Greatest Teams bracket.
March 16, 2021
The Phillies entered the 2011 season with one of the most fearsome rotations in baseball history. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt were deemed “The Four Aces.” The four pitchers combined for 13 All-Star appearances, three Cy Young Awards, two NLCS MVP awards and one World Series MVP.
The media requests were out of control so the Phillies had a solution: put them all on the podium at once. The love affair officially began on Valentine’s Day 2011.
Yes, that also included Joe Blanton. Halladay was on board with the news conference, but only if Blanton was there. The team’s fifth starter was rumored to be on the trading block all winter long. Instead, he was thrust into the spotlight. It made for a funny moment between Blanton and a reporter who forgot that he was part of the 2008 World Series Championship team.
The $65 million rotation, which would probably cost at least twice as much 10 years later, were asked a flurry of questions on the expectations they have for themselves. The convenient part of scheduling a news conference on the first day of workouts is that nobody has done anything yet and that reflected in some of the answers.
“I think we haven’t thrown a single pitch as a group yet,” Lee said.
The off-season began with Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt, but the re-acquisition of Lee for a team that fell just short of a third consecutive World Series appearance fueled the hype around the team’s starting staff. For weeks, it seemed as though Lee’s return to the Phillies was surreal -- a type of miracle unfamiliar to Philadelphians.
The Phillies’ self-imposed restraints on free-agents pitchers were well documented. A team that was unwilling to commit more than three years wasn’t getting their hands on a pitcher of Lee’s caliber, especially considering they blindsided the left-hander by shipping him off to Seattle on the same day the team traded for Halladay.
In a twist nobody saw coming, the Phillies emerged as a mystery team for Lee’s services. The pitcher turned down a higher offer from the Yankees (seven-years,$148 million) to return to Philadelphia. Plenty of New York-based reporters were among the 70 or so media members in attendance. The question of why Lee spurned the Yankees was asked.
“I felt like this was the best chance to win world championships. That's what it's all about,” Lee said. “Obviously, I played here in the past and enjoyed myself here, and thought we had a really good team at that time. Since then, they've made a couple of additions that I think have made the team that much better. I felt like if I ever got an opportunity to come back and be a part of what's going on here, I would take advantage of it, and that's why.” When a New York Daily News reporter further questioned his decision, Lee retorted, “Phillies all the way.”
Roy Halladay echoed Lee’s sentiments.
"A lot of us are to the point in our career where you feel like the biggest thing left for you to do is win a championship, whether you've already done it or you haven't. That was my only goal going into last year was to try and win a World Series. So, coming close and coming up short is definitely hard. It's disappointing. That's why I still want to play this game. I want to be part of a world championship team."
To say Phillies fans were excited would be an understatement. 2011 was meant to be the peak of the golden era of Phillies baseball. The aging lineup and an average bullpen were a cause for concern, but the Phillies were expected to dominate the NL East on their way to a fifth-consecutive division title. And they did just that, winning a franchise-best 102 games, but of course, fell to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS.
The 2011 Phillies rotation had a combined 3.02 ERA, the lowest mark for a starting staff in MLB since 1989. They led the league in wins (76), strikeouts (935), walks (221) and quality starts (108). Halladay, Lee and Hamels all finished in the top-10 in ERA and fWAR. “The Four Aces” did all they could to propel the franchise to its third World Series title, unfortunately, the baseball gods had other plans for the Phillies that season.
January 30, 2021
We're going to have some fun with Super Bowl squares this year, and we're going to raise money for a terrific cause. Here's how it works: It's $10 a square, payable on venmo to @jgtquizzo ($jgtquizzo on Cashapp...please put "Sharks pool" in the notes). After we get 100 squares filled in, we'll randomly assign numbers. At the end of each quarter, the last two numbers of the score will determine our winner (for instance, if the score is 14-7 Chiefs after the first quarter, whoever has the Chiefs 4 and the Bucs 7 will be our winner.). That person will win an Eagles bundle, including our Vet stadium shirt, our Holcomb winter hat, a pair of Eagles socks, a pack of vintage football cards, AND we're going to throw in a Philly Word Art poster, making this a $115 value. Whoever gets the numbers for the FINAL score will win this beautiful Mitchell and Ness sweater jacket.
100% of the money raised in these squares will go to the South Philly Sigma Nu Sharks football program. Started in 1992 by the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, the Sharks service over 400 youth between the ages of 5 and 14. The program offers numerous football leagues, a basketball leagues, and offers tutoring services. They are hoping to purchase tackling and blocking sleds in an effort to reduce live contact in practice as part of their concussion prevention efforts, and $1000 will go a long ways towards that effort. So join us in raising money for a great program and a great cause!
And if you want to check out any of our other Eagles gear, this week only it's ALL 30% off. Click here and use the checkout code eagles30.
November 19, 2020
Our toy drive kicks off today, and in the days and weeks to come we'll be adding more names to this list.
Please enter your name next to the child you want to donate a toy to, purchase any of the things on their wish list, and have it mailed to:
September 14, 2020
Keni and Alex are artists based in Philly. Watch how their creative ideas become Shibe shirts and view our entire collection of original shirts.