Shibe Park SundayPosted: July 15, 2012 | Author: Johnny Goodtimes | Filed under: Baseball | Tags: Connie Mack Stadium, Shibe Park | 3 Comments »
I never get tired of searching for Shibe Park stuff. Here are a few things I’ve stumbled across lately. (Above is a short video about Shibe from the MLB Network.)
- First up, a column penned by our buddy John Rooney this past week. You may remember John talking about his childhood love for the Philadelphia A’s right here on our site last year. (If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re in for a treat.) Well here he writes something I was unaware of about the stadium.
Shibe Park’s 12-foot rightfield wall not only offered us a fine view of the ballgames, it allowed freeloading fans an opportunity to sneak into the park. Their antics, after getting a boost over the fence, often provided as much entertainment as the game. Landing in the outfield, they snaked their way toward the stands, drawing cheers and jeers from the crowd, as they dodged security guards and the stream from the firehose. Parenthetically, this was the only water spectators would see, as the frugal Connie Mack banned water fountains in order to boost soft-drink sales.
- A radio broadcast of Richie Allen’s first at bats in Shibe Park as a member of the Cardinals. He had been traded away from the Phillies the previous season in a deal that was similar to the Scott Rolen situation. Insanely talented, feuded with management, and fans took their leaving for St. Louis personally. The crowd only numbered 11,759 that day, but they go nuts each time he steps to the plate, and when he strikes out in his 3rd at bat it sounds like the team just won the pennant. And they go completely bats*** crazy when he hits a homer in his 4th at bat. Also fun to hear By Saam calling the game.
- I just kind of dig this 14 second clip of Jimmy Piersall hitting a double at Shibe. Gives a cool view of the ballpark.
- And of course I’m not going to leave you without an awesome Shibe Park photo. I got this off the BEST baseball forum on the interweb. Baseball-fever.com is just mindblowingly awesome. If you are a baseball history junkie like me, I heartily encourage you to join.
Here’s a pic of Shibe on the morning of the final game played there.