If you’re a true Phillies fan, then you know Connie Macks Stadium.
But, did you know that Connie Macks Stadium wasn’t always called “Connie Macks Stadium?” And did you know it wasn’t just the Phillies who played in the stadium?
In an attempt to save some money back in 1938, the Phils decided to abandon their then home-field, Baker Bowl, and shared Connie Macks Stadium, then called Shibe Park with the Philadelphia Athletics.
Fun Fact: The very first game at Shibe Park caused the Athletics’ catcher, Doc Powers crashed into a wall trying to catch a foul pop-up. He suffered internal injuries and died two weeks later.
This co-existence in Shibe Park between the Phillies and the Athletics went on until 1954 when the A’s left Philadelphia, but not before the Phils played in the 1950 World Series against the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, the Phillies didn’t win that series.
The Phillies bought Shibe Park which had since been renamed to Connie Macks Stadium, and continued to play at the stadium through the 60’s.
In 2004, when Citizens Bank Park was opened, the bleachers from Shibe Park were an inspiration to a special section of the Park, the “rooftop bleacher seats”.
Fun Fact: In 2001, Shibe Park was featured on a 34-cent commemorative stamp as one of ten historic ballparks.
Another Fun Fact: In 2009, the Philadelphia Brewing Company released a special brew called “Fleur de Lehigh” which features Shibe Park on its label.
Sumo Steaks is trying to keep the memory of Connie Macks alive while making new memories and friends, and building our own unique presence in North Philadelphia.