Originally Posted by westofyou
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.
That was the Carpenter family (with DuPont money, Dow's from Michigan) and they certainly did right by the franchise. Bob Carpenter proved to be the one bona fide white knight in Philly around that time. It probably helped that WWII was being fought and the Phillies were about to go up in flames as part of betting scandal involving the owner. It was a case of solid citizen stepping in to smooth things over during wartime.
The Mack family wouldn't sell the A's for another decade. By that time the Phillies had gone through a talent Renaissance and you probably can't overestimate the DuPont influence in the Philly area. They are royalty in that city. My guess is general opinion was that Philly was going to be a one team town and the DuPonts already owned one of the teams. Perhaps someone with some Scott Paper or Baldwin Locomotive money would have stepped in to buy the A's had the Phillies not just spent a decade establishing themselves with a DuPont heir at the helm. In fact, perhaps someone with DuPont money would have done it.