There have been quite a few impressive players in Athletics history. Let us look back at a few of those with the all time Philadelphia A’s lineup.
The history of the Athletics franchise stretches back to the dawn of the American League and to the eastern part of the country. The Philadelphia A’s were founded in 1901, derisively referred to as Connie Mack‘s ‘White Elephant’ by Giants skipper John McGraw.
That ‘White Elephant’ quickly became a powerhouse as the AL established itself as a force to be reckoned with. The A’s won the 1902 AL pennant, the first of nine league titles during their time in Philadelphia. Mack built the franchise into a dynasty twice, taking home five World Series titles as well.
By the end of their time in Philadelphia, the glory days were long gone. The A’s had not been in the postseason for 23 years, and had just five seasons where they were over .500 in that time. Only three of those winning seasons came in the last 20 years that the A’s spent in Philadelphia.
The ghosts of the Philadelphia A’s still walk through franchise history. Some of the greatest players in the early days of baseball history came through the clubhouse doors in Philadelphia, players whose storied careers still echo throughout the game.
Let’s take a look at some of these players, and look back at the Philadelphia A’s all time roster.