This day in baseball: First Sunday game

The first legal, professional Sunday baseball game in Philadelphia featured a matchup between the Phillies and the A’s on April 8, 1934.  15,000 fans looked on as the Phillies won 8-1 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.  Up until this point, blue laws in Pennsylvania deemed Sunday games illegal, as Sunday was intended as a day of worship and rest.

6 thoughts on “This day in baseball: First Sunday game

      1. I wonder if an Anne Frank spirit lived there and wrote it all down sort of like Doris Goodwin’s “Wait till Next Year Memoir.” I’m gonna do a little Shibe Park search. If I find anything, I”l let you know.

          1. Seems strange and ominous that the Phillies would play in Shibe Park also named Connie Mack Stadium. Mack being an Athletic and all. I forgot about Bob Uecker playing there. He had some funny and disturbing things to say about the park, mostly the condition and its ornery fans.

            There is a memoir book; not from someone who grew up on the rooftops, but Dick Allen home run balls apparently did break windows. Here’s a review of “To Everything a Season; Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia, 1909-1976.” I think I’ll add it to my next Amazon haul. Maybe with that Seatlle Pilots book you mentioned a few months back.

            1. I may have to check that out myself. It looks like it’d make a good companion to the Seattle Pilots book. Also looks like it could be a good snapshot of a microcosm of baseball history.

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