Museum Dedicated To Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics Is Shutting Down
It’s been nearly 60 years since the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team played its last game here, then packed up and left for Kansas City. (Eventually, the Athletics would move to Oakland, where the team finally found a bit of success.) So maybe it’s understandable that nostalgia for the team isn’t what it used to be: The proprietors of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society are closing up their museum in Hatboro on Saturday, and selling all their memorabilia at a sheriff’s auction in the near future.
The group, which opened its space in Hatboro in November 1998, is committed to preserving the legacy of the Athletics, which won nine American League pennants and five World Series playing in Philadelphia from 1901 to 1954. The Athletics moved to Kansas City before the 1955 season, and moved again to Oakland, Calif. in 1968.
Also leading to the difficulty, according to Montella, is the fact that since its opening roughly 15 years ago, the organization went from having 128 living members who played for Connie Mack to only 10 remaining today.
Not all the memorabilia will be sold. Some of it will be transferred to Spike’s Trophies in Northeast Philadelphia for permanent display.