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brewcrew/chisox
07-18-2003, 04:27 PM
Does anyone no the reason for the elephant on the sleeves of the Oakland Athletics? I know that the team had the same mascot when they played in Kansas City and Philly, but I don't see the connection between the name and the mascot.

brewcrew/chisox
07-18-2003, 04:35 PM
Originally posted by brewcrew/chisox
Does anyone no the reason for the elephant on the sleeves of the Oakland Athletics? I know that the team had the same mascot when they played in Kansas City and Philly, but I don't see the connection between the name and the mascot.


sorry, I guess I need to edit more closely. I Know how to spell "know"

voodoochile
07-18-2003, 04:38 PM
Originally posted by brewcrew/chisox
sorry, I guess I need to edit more closely. I Know how to spell "know"

Next time just use the http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/images/edit.gif button at the bottom of the post to correct the mistake.

siugrad25
07-18-2003, 04:38 PM
Thanks to a co-worker

Here is an official explanation from the Oakland A's media guide as to why the A's mascot is the White Elephant:

Prior to the 1988 season the A's brought back one of the team's most familiar and successful characters from past years - the Athletics' Elephant. After two seasons featuring a more aggressive elephant holding two crossed bats in it's trunk, the old A's Elephant, which brought the A's three straight American League titles from 1988-90 and a World Championship in 1989, returned in 1995. The A's Elephant has been featured in many of the club's promotions and publications. Also, each player wears a special A's Elephant patch on the left sleeve of their uniform....


Here's the link
http://www.whitecleats.org/elephant.html

fledgedrallycap
07-18-2003, 04:38 PM
I found this on www.thebaseballpage.com:

History of the White Elephant
In 1901 Connie Mack and his Philadelphia Athletics helped form the American League. The following year, New York Giants Manager John McGraw dismissed the A's with contempt, calling them "The White Elephants," implying Mack shouldn't be allowed to spend money without supervision. Mack defiantly adopted the White Elephant as the team insignia, and in 1902, the A's won the American League pennant.

The White Elephant remained the team's mascot until later that decade, when it finally made its way to an A's uniform. Its first appearance was on the team's sweaters. In about 1918, the Elephant finally saw game action when Mack had the pachyderm symbol (in blue with a white "A" inside) placed on the left sleeve of every player.

By 1920, Mack had fully adopted the A's Elephant as the team's symbol. Gone was the traditional A" on the front of the jersey. In was a blue elephant logo. But after a few poor seasons, Mack decided a change was in order. So, in 1924, the blue elephant was replaced by the white elephant on the team's jersey. The new-look pachyderm seemed to do the trick, as the A's played better ball for the next few years.

In 1928, Mack decided the elephant had worn out its brief welcome on the A's jersey fronts. He replaced it with the familiar "A" on the uniforms, and the A's went on to win two World Championships and an AL crown in the next three years. This resurgence was probably due more to the additions of Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Lefty Grove, Mickey Cochrane, et al., than to the elephant's absence.

That was the last year for the elephant on the A's uniform until 1955, when the A's, now in Kansas City, added an elephant patch to their left sleeves. But when Charlie Finley purchased the team in the early sixties, the elephant mascot was once again sent packing, replaced by, of all animals, a mule. This was the last we saw of this loveable A's mascot until 1988. The elephant has once again proven to be a "good luck" charm for the A's, as since its return the Athletics have won three American League pennants and one world championship.

thecell
07-18-2003, 04:39 PM
In 1902 New York Giants Manager John McGraw dismissed the A's with contempt, calling them "The White Elephants," Mack defiantly adopted the White Elephant as the team insignia, and in 1902, the A's won the American League pennant.

brewcrew/chisox
07-18-2003, 04:44 PM
Thanks everyone

Hangar18
07-18-2003, 04:52 PM
What chance do you think they SOX will sew on a bunch of
Banana Patches on the sleeves of the Uniforms by gametime? :bandance:

hose
07-18-2003, 07:17 PM
Since we are on the subject of elephants I figured I would toss this out.

http://www.rolltide.com/Traditions/5457.asp


Bama