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Old 04-02-2008, 02:44 PM
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Posted By: Scott

While watching the Red Sox game last night with my wife, she asked why the A's have a logo of an elephant on their sleeves. I wasn't sure, but thought it had it's roots with the Philadelphia A's. Does anyone have any information on this?

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Old 04-02-2008, 02:48 PM
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Posted By: Al C.risafulli

I do believe it was John McGraw, who called Connie Mack's A's "White elephants" before the 1905 World Series.

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Old 04-02-2008, 02:53 PM
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Posted By: Steve Murray

Here's the straight dope:

http://philadelphiaathletics.org/history/elephant.html

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Posted By: Matt

Thank ye for posting thee old timey article with the straight dope.

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Apparently the Oakland A's feel they're the "White Elephants" too. Maybe they were in the Charles O'Findlay (sp.) days, but not anymore.
Thank you to those who responded.
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Posted By: Chris Counts

The elephant was replaced with a mule as the A's mascot by Charlie Finley in 1963. I always wondered if this had anything to do with Finley's politics. The elephant was restored in 1986. For a time, the A's featured a modernized angry elephant with sunglasses, but thankfully, they've gone back to the more traditional elephant of Connie Mack's day ...

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