On February 13, 1953, the Philadelphia Athletics renamed their stadium from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium, in honor of the legendary manager. During his fifty-year career as manager for the A’s, Mack led the team to nine American League pennants, appearing in eight World Series and winning five World Championships.
In a game against the Indians on June 15, 1925, the Philadelphia A’s found themselves trailing 15-4 going into the bottom of the eighth inning. That inning, the Athletics posted an astonishing 13 runs to take the lead. They held onto that lead in the top of the ninth and won the game, 17-15.
In his first-ever Major League start, Hank Gornicki of the Cardinals threw a one-hitter to defeat Philadelphia at Shibe Park, 6-1 on May 3, 1941. The thirty-year-old rookie gave up the lone hit to rookie outfielder Stanley Benjamin. Unfortunately, in spite of his impressive beginning, Gornicki would only go on to win fifteen games in his career.
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.
On 8 September 1916, the smallest crowd in American League history, a whopping twenty-three fans, watched the Yankees take on the A’s at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. During the game, A’s switch-hitter Wally Schang became the first player in Major League history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.