On April 26, 1901 at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park, 10,547 fans witnessed Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics making their American League debut, losing to the Senators, 5-1. The Western League had been renamed the American League in 1900 by league president Ban Johnson and declared itself the second major league in 1901. Philadelphia’s new franchise, led by Mack, had been created to compete with the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies.
Rube Waddell pitched five innings of no-hit, shutout baseball on August 15, 1905 at Columbia Park in Philadelphia. His effort led the A’s to victory over the St. Louis Browns, 2-0, as he struck out nine of the fifteen batters he faced. A sudden, wet downpour shortened the performance, however, and Waddell was not credited with a no-hitter.