Nowadays, only three MLB cities have two teams: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. But Philadelphia used to have two — the Phillies and the Athletics — and for many years they played an annual intracity exhibition called the City Series. Based on a fan giveaway featured on the Phillies’ 2024 promotional schedule, it looks like the Phils and A’s may be resurrecting the City Series with throwback uniforms this summer.
Here’s the deal: The A’s are due to travel to Philadelphia for a weekend series on July 12-14 — the last weekend before the All-Star break. The Phils’ promo schedule shows that there will be a cap giveaway for the first game of that series, on July 12:
Now let’s take a closer look at that cap:
That cap logo matches what the team wore in 1934, as you can see by comparing it to the photo at the top of this page:
And although it’s hard to make out, it appears that the emblem on the side says “Philadelphia City Series” and features throwback A’s and Phils logos.
Based on this, I think we can say with some assurance that the Phillies will be wearing a 1934 throwback for this game. The photo at the top of the page shows their road uniform (it was the best color photo I could find), but they’ll presumably be wearing a throwback based on the home design:
That was such a weird design, with the contrast-colored “P” and swash on both the home and road uniforms! To my knowledge, the Phils have never worn it as a throwback.
As for the A’s, they will wear throwbacks only if the Phillies cover the costs (that’s how it works for these promotions — home team pays). But the giveaway cap’s side emblem makes me optimistic that the A’s will be included in the retro showcase. If they too go with a 1934 uniform — presumably the road design — it would look like this:
The A’s have worn this throwback at least once before, for a 2012 game in Boston (technically, that was a 1936 throwback, not 1934, but it’s the same design, which the A’s wore for many years):
Should be a fun-looking game on July 12!
(Big thanks to reader Brian Dillon, who alerted me to the giveaway cap on the Phils’ promo schedule.)