Originally Posted by KronoRed
Looking at the attendance numbers in the 30's and 40's both the A's and Phillies were usually dead last in each league, it's amazing they both didn't skip town.
The Phillies were bought in 43 by a guy who had family money from Dow Chemical, he promptly (IIRC) hired Eddie Collins away from the Red Sox and instituted the Rickey System to their organization, making them the 4th team to follow it in the NL (Cardinals, Reds, Dodgers, Phillies eventually Pirates)
The new owners first act first act was to try to change the team's name to "Blue Jays." However, "Phillies" continued to appear on the team's jerseys.