Built in 1909, Shibe Park - as it was originally known - was revolutionary in its time. It was the first steel and concrete ballpark in America, built by the same engineering staff that had built Philly's first skyscraper, the Witherspoon Building (which still stands, a block away from our store). It was luxurious, larger than any ballpark in the country, and pricey, with a half million dollar pricetag. It was also an immediate success, hailed by the Philadelphia Public Ledger as "a palace for fans, the most beautiful and capacious baseball structure in the world."
With the A's team starting a dynasty, the park was packed the first few years. The 1910, 1911, and 1913 A's teams all won the World Series, and went but lost in 1914. The Athletics would win twice again, in 1929 and 1930, followed by a narrow 7-game loss in 1931. The beautiful ballpark, located at 21st and Lehigh, had hosted 7 World Series in its first 22 years.
The Phillies moved into Shibe in 1938, after the nearby Baker Bowl fell into disrepair. The two teams were both awful in the 1940s, and before the 1953 season, the sons of Athletics owner Connie Mack renamed the park in honor of their father's 90th birthday. The rebranding unfortunately did not extend to the woeful A's and they abandonded the park and Philadelphia for Kansas City after the 1954 season. The Phillies became the only game in town, as owner Bob Carpenter reluctantly bought a stadium that had no parking lot and was in a neighborhood that was headed downhill. The Phillies became desperate to move out, and finally did so when the Vet was built in 1970.
Shirt is a Next Level 60/40 combed ringspun cotton/polyester, and artwork was done by Philadelphia artist Scott Siano.
This is a nice tee shirt, just the right size and weight. I had bought a Shibe Park one earlier, Shibe Park being before my time but my dad and uncle took me to Connie Mack in the 60s to see Bunning, Allen, and Short, et. al. vs Mays,, and others Aaron to make sure I got to see both the stadium and those great players. This tee brings back those great memories of 21st and Lehigh!
Bought the shirt for my dad. He loved it as he grew up going to Connie Mack stadium. It did run small but thankfully I did order up anticipating that may be the case and it fit him well!
Here is a story to tell. I was wearing my shirt while in Ocean City, NJ with my wife for a mini vacation for our wedding anniversary. A guy approaches me yelling awesome shirt, just awesome. We stopped to talk about how we saw our first Phillies game there. He was wearing a KC Chiefs shirt and we got onto talking football. He introduced himself as Terry and talked a lot about the Jets and how his son worked for the Chiefs. His conversation was about his time with the Jets when I asked him, "wait are you Terry Bradway?". He said yes he was. I turned to my wife and said Terry was the GM of the Jets for quite a few years. I was floored. What a nice guy. We talked for 30 minutes walking along the boardwalk. This awesome experience started because of my Connie Mack stadium T shirt.