Philadelphia Athletics Elephant Adjustable Royal Blue Cap

$29.00

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This officially-licensed Philadelphia A's adjustable hat is exclusively made for Shibe Vintage Sports.  The dark royal blue cap features the A's famous white elephant logo adopted back in 1902. A "clean up" style hat by '47 Brand, it features a curved brim, relaxed crown and a fabric strap closure.

In case you're unfamiliar with the legend of how the White Elephant mascot came to be, here is the story:

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.

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.  

By the time the 1905 World Series came around, it was obvious that the A’s were a profitable franchise. And so, in playing a practical joke on McGraw, before Game 1 of the Series, McGraw was given a statue of a white elephant (see photo) at Columbia Park in Philadelphia.

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Mike Angelina
Loved the hat & history lesson.

Came into the store last week to check it out. Learned finally why the A’s have an elephant logo and loved the look of the hat. Great store!

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Joshua Hausman
VET 1971

This sweatshirt is the most comfortable hoodie I have ever bought! Snuggle that

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Howard Greenberg
Elephant logo

Couldn’t be happier!

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Matt Axel
Great design

Fabulous design, nostalgic, easy to adjust and just looks great

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Clyde Croasdale
Conversation starter

Very nice and unique hat. Have had many questions and comments about it.