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 Comments on “This day in baseball: First Sunday game”

  1. steve says:

    I wonder if those rooftops beyond right field could see into the park? What a place to be a kid!

    • I didn’t even notice that before, but you’re right. I would have loved to live there!

      • steve says:

        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.

        • Please do! I’m curious to know what you find out.

          • steve says:

            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.
            http://articles.philly.com/1991-07-05/news/25785348_1_shibe-park-bruce-kuklick-connie-mack-stadium

            • 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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