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Postby acsguitar » Tue Aug 09, 2005 6:36 pm

tracey518 wrote:
theclefe wrote:Do you think Billy Beane tricks people now and says, "I want Fatty Jones."

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Did she just get finished taking a huge dump or having a baby in that bathing suit? ick!
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:01 pm

AGGGH! THE GOGGLES, THEY DO NOTHING!
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Postby tracey518 » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:04 pm

i think it's fitting that the thread should arrive at this point, with this image, given its elephant origins.
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Postby bigh0rt » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:23 pm

Cubsfan, sick siggy. ;-D
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Postby rocky123 » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:51 pm

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. That was the last of the loveable A's mascot until 1988. The elephant once again proved 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.
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Postby Doughhead » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:56 pm

Good work boys. Now explain the origins of Youppi!
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Postby Iconoclastic » Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:52 pm

You mean it's not because their team consists mainly of lumbering stocky guys?
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Postby sharksfan1139 » Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:09 pm

theclefe wrote:Do you think Billy Beane tricks people now and says, "I want Fatty Jones." And the other GMs get defensive... "You can't have Fatty Jones. He is our top guy. Here take Rich Harden and all of my gold."

Stupid GMs


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Billy Beane is the best tho
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:13 am

Doughhead wrote:Good work boys. Now explain the origins of Youppi!


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Postby Mookie4ever » Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:28 am

Now explain why they put an apostrophe in the short form "A's".

If it's short for Oakland Athletics Baseball Club the short form should be "Oakland As" without an apostrophe.
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