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Philadelphia Athletics Elephant Royal Blue Tee

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This officially-licensed royal blue t-shirt features a white elephant representing the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team.

Here is the story of how the mascot came to be, as told by our friends at Philly Sports History:

When the A’s joined the American League in its first year of existence in 1901, team owner Benjamin Shibe wasted little time in offering exorbitant contracts to star National Leaguers, in effect raiding them of their talent. John McGraw, who managed the Giants of the National League, was disgusted by Shibe’s actions, but thought that spending so much money was going to tank the team. And so, while speaking to a reporter in 1902, McGraw stated that Shibe had a “big white elephant” on his hands. The term, popular back then, described something that looked nice but whose upkeep made it impossible to take care of. Connie Mack heard what McGraw had said and showing that he had an outstanding sense of humor, ordered all Athletic's gear to carry a white elephant on it.

The '47 Brand shirt is 70% cotton and 30% polyester.
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Jeff Twaruds
Amazing

Great work guys

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Ken Donnelly
Philadelphia A's Royal Blue Elephant Tee is A # 1

What a gorgeous comfortable well made quality tee shirt that brings Philadelphia's Greatest Franchise back to life. A reminder to those still alive that remember the Philadelphia Athletics and those who want to learn about the Athletics and baseball history in Philadelphia and celebrate it.
None other than the Philadelphia Athletics White Elephant to educate baseball fans about Philadelphia's storied baseball history.
The Athletics left Philadelphia in 1954 and still have the most World Championships of any of the Philadelphia professional sports franchises!

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Anonymous
Awesome Shirt!

Shirt is well made and fits great!

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Anonymous
Love it

Fits good looks good.

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TSY
Great shirt as always

Another super comfy shirt with a great design from Shibe. Perfect welcome to Philly gift for my Oakland A's fan friend, and after seeing him wear it around I got one for myself! Get compliments all the time.