Reading's Big League Exhibition Games

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While Reading may be known today for the Fightin' Phils, it has also been the site of 72 games played by 17 major-league franchises and barnstorming teams since 1874. Among the teams that have played in these exhibition games are the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Giants, and St. Louis Cardinals, along with appearances by baseball greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mike Schmidt, Ernie Banks, and Rogers Hornsby. Reading fans have looked on as both the 1906 Phillies and A's tried to catch a bunny on the field mid-game, cheered for Christy Mathewson's shutouts, sang "Happy Birthday" to Pete Rose, and watched "Shoeless" Joe Jackson hit a home run.
ISBN: 9781467133807
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of Baseball
Images: 207
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Brian C. Engelhardt is a Reading historian and regular contributor to the Historical Review of Berks County, as well as publications from the Society of American Baseball Research. He has gathered photographs from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Berks County Historical Society, the Reading Fightin' Phils, and other private collections.
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