In 1902, the new Philadelphia baseball rivalry spilled over to pro football

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest sporting days in the world. It is estimated that well over 100 million people worldwide will tune in to watch the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams battle to become this year’s champions of the National Football League at some point. The game won’t hold the same edge-of-your-seat passionate interest that … Continue reading In 1902, the new Philadelphia baseball rivalry spilled over to pro football

Ty Cobb ends his career in Philadelphia

Ty Cobb is one of the greatest players in baseball history, but few are aware that the Hall of Fame legend finished up his long career as a member of the Philadelphia A’s, the franchise that would later relocate to become the Oakland Athletics.Cobb is rightly remembered as a Detroit Tigers superstar. He played for 24 … Continue reading Ty Cobb ends his career in Philadelphia

Diehards: Why Fans Care So Much About Sports

If you are a baseball fan like me, you enjoy all aspects of the game. Not just the more analytical, statistics-based evaluations of recent years, or the classic excitement of a dramatic game, series, or season, but the whole enchilada. The history of the game and the background stories of the players and other individuals … Continue reading Diehards: Why Fans Care So Much About Sports

Philadelphia’s first MLB All-Star Game

The first All-Star Game ever played in Philadelphia was also a first for Major League Baseball. The game, played at Shibe Park on July 13th, 1943 was the first midsummer classic to be scheduled at night.Being a "first" involving the illumination of a ball game in the dark was nothing new for Shibe, which had also been the … Continue reading Philadelphia’s first MLB All-Star Game