Philadelphia Athletics Elephant 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Allan Hirsh
tee for me

Thin material but won’t shrink. I hope.

John Fontanilla
Awesome shirt!

Super comfortable material, awesome throwback design

Glenn Zimmer
Philadelphia Athetics Tee

Great color in the graphics and the shirt is comfortable.

Excellent Summer TShirt

I just received it. The shirt is thin which is very good to wear during the summer. I would've given 5 stars if the shirt was thick. Time will tell how long it will keep its durability. The ink is thick and crisp which should last a long time. Tip: Always wash printed shirts inside out, gentle cycle, cold water, and line dry across the torso.

Nice tee

This is a very nice tee shirt by '47 and your customer service is even nicer!