After the 1954 baseball season the Philadelphia Athletics became the Kansas City Athletics…who eventually became the Oakland Athletics by the start of the 1968 campaign.
Born and raised in the Philly suburbs, I somehow latched on to the A’s as my favorite team when they transferred to the Left Coast. They were flashy and colorful…courtesy of their revolutionary owner Charles O. Finley…and a hot young player from the Philly suburbs named Reggie Jackson…
This weekend, for just the second time since the Athletics left their original home in Philadelphia, the franchise returns to face-off with the phabulous Phillies.
Bob Bloss wrote a great piece for the Philadelphia Daily News regarding the history of the team in Philadelphia and its eventual – final? – relocation to the Bay Area.
I wasn’t born until a couple of years after the move to KC and many fans headed to Citizens Bank Park for the three-game set this weekend certainly won’t be rooting for the visitors…or even care about the fact they used to call the City of Brotherly Love as their home. In fact, lots of Phillies fans have their sights already trained on the series to follow…the possible preview of the World Series…the Red Sox are coming to town.
Nonetheless, it is appropriate on Sunday the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society will feature A’s memorabilia in Ashburn Alley…and…85-year young Bobby Shantz…a lefty who won the AL MVP in 1952 with a 24-7 record…will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The A’s are moving back to Philly…if only for the weekend.