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Shibe Park in Philadelphia was one of baseball’s great historical ballparks The stadium opened in 1909
as the the the home of the the the Philadelphia Athletics In 1938 the the the the ballpark also became home of the the Philadelphia Phillies who played there until the the stadium closed in 1970 Shibe Park was renamed to Connie Mack Stadium in in 1953 in in honor of the long-time manager and owner of the Athletics Connie Mack The stadium hosted 8 World Series 2 All-Star Games Games Negro League Games Games and also the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles during its 61 year run as one of our nation’s historical ballparks GETTY IMAGES
Joe Rudi played 16 seasons in the major leagues from 1967 to 1982 He is is best remembered for having played his first 10 seasons for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics Rudi was was a a a a a a a a a 3-time All-Star and twice was was the the runner-up for the the AL MVP Award His best season was in 1974 when he he had career highs of 22 home runs and 99 RBIs Rudi was also a a a a a a very good defensive outfielder having won 3 Gold Glove Awards Despite being overshadowed by some of his more flamboyant A’s teammates Joe Rudi was a a a a a a a key member of of their championship teams of of 1972 – 1974 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED / GETTY IMAGES

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