Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium, Pennsylvania (Images of Sports Series)


No ballpark in Philadelphia was more revered than the one at

Twenty-first Street and Lehigh Avenue. Originally called Shibe

Park and later Connie Mack Stadium, it opened in 1909 as

America's first steel-and-concrete stadium. When it ...

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Shibe Park - Connie Mack Stadium

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No ballpark in Philadelphia was more revered than the one at

Twenty-first Street and Lehigh Avenue. Originally called Shibe

Park and later Connie Mack Stadium, it opened in 1909 as

America's first steel-and-concrete stadium. When it closed in

1970, it had earned a special place in the hearts and minds of

Philadelphia sports fans. Home of the Athletics for 46 years, the

Phillies for 32 and a half seasons, and the Eagles for 18 years, it

was also the site of many boxing matches, Negro League baseball

games, and college and high school baseball and football games.

Over the years, as the area developed, Shibe Park became known

for its obstructed views, delicious hot dogs, Sunday curfews,

absence of beer, and boobirds. Along with memorable teams and

games, the ballpark played host to eight World Series and two

All-Star Games.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738576534
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/9/2012
  • Series: Images of Sports Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 473,970
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Westcott is a baseball writer and historian and the author of 21 previous books. A leading expert on Philadelphia sports history, he has served on the staffs of newspapers and magazines for more than 40 years. He is president of the Philadelphia Sports Writers' Association and a member of three halls of fame.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 In the Beginning 9

2 Nothing Ever Stays the Same 21

3 A Whole New Look 31

4 The Phillies Move In 43

5 Something Is Always Going On 63

6 The Year of the Whiz Kids 77

7 Farewell to the Athletics 91

8 The End of an Icon 105

About the Author 127

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