Mascots

How Philly-New York trash talk led to the Oakland Athletics elephant mascot

How Philly-New York trash talk led to the Oakland Athletics elephant mascot

The Oakland Athletics were slated to visit Philadelphia in mid-June in 2020 which, for the A's, would have been a return to the franchise's original home.

But the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has Major League Baseball adjusting its 2020 schedule on the fly, so let's take some time to exploring a particularly quirky connection between Philadelphia and the Athletics' whimsical elephant mascot, Stomper.

You know, this guy:

Stomper dates all the way back to 1902, when professional baseball was still finding its footing, according to a neat little video on a slice of baseball from NBC Sports Bay Area.

It was a different time: Philadelphia had a team called the Athletics, and a man named John McGraw was managing the New York Giants. (Yes, the baseball Giants.)

McGraw, during a press conference, said he didn't think the Athletics' decision to buy up expensive star players' contracts was going to pay off, and said they would be left with "a big white elephant on their hands".

Famed Athletics owner and general manager Connie Mack laughed at McGraw's characterization, and decided to make a white elephant the Athletics' unofficial mascot. Eventually it became official, and before the Athletics and Giants faced off in the 1905 World Series, Mack presented McGraw with a white elephant statuette.

What an unreal Philly zinger.

You can watch the video from NBC Sports Bay Area below:

When the Athletics moved to Kansas City, the elephant disappeared (politics) but after the Athletics moved to Oakland, the team made the decision in the late 1980s to have the elephant make a triumphant - tri-unk-phant? - return.

I'm glad it came back, because now we have a reason to remember a sick 115-year-old burn. Connie Mack forever.

Watch Sixers' mascot Franklin attempt American Ninja Warrior course

Watch Sixers' mascot Franklin attempt American Ninja Warrior course

We already saw Nerlens Noel dominate one event on the American Ninja Warrior course earlier in the week and now we get a glimpse of the Sixers' mascot, Franklin, giving it the old college try.

He's not bad!

He's not exactly good, either. But he has some solid arm strength.

You can also watch Natalie Egenolf put in a valiant effort for a segment on this week's The700Level Show. That's about all you can say, really. Good job, good effort.

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WATCH: Betsy Ross sewed the new StubHub sponsor patch on the Sixers' jerseys

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WATCH: Betsy Ross sewed the new StubHub sponsor patch on the Sixers' jerseys

Not only did the Philadelphia 76ers unveil a historic sponsor partnership with ticketing company StubHub this morning, they also trotted out none other than Betsy Ross to sew the patch onto the jersey to promote the deal.

You've likely seen Mascot Betsy at Sixers games before, running around the court with her pal Ben Franklin and a giant Liberty Bell.

Or maybe you've seen her crazy good dance moves.

You may also know her as the patriot who is credited with making the first American flag. Now, she'll be known as the patriot who first sewed a sponsor logo onto a sports jersey.