PHILADELPHIA (Special to TSD AfterDark) In 1955, the Philadelphia Athletics, who won five World Series in the City of Brotherly Love, left the Delaware Valley for Kansas City for a thirteen-year stretch, before moving to Oakland, California before the 1968 season. They were my dad’s team. I heard many stories about his beloved A’s like Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Lefty Grove. He was heartbroken when they moved, and simply by default, he switched his allegiance to the National League cellar dwelling Phillies. Sure, he kept his eye on the Oakland A’s during their 1970s heyday, but 2,900 miles more than constitutes a long distance relationship…so, it would now have to be the Phillies.
Yep. The Phillies. (more…)