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Background Information for Teachers

See the Baseball in Philadelphia and Baseball in Pittsburgh sub-stories for more information.

Web Sites

Merriam-Webster Online

This is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary website. The viewer can type in any word and retrieve its definition and its pronunciation. Teacher should utilize this site for information on the word "onomastics" or the phrase "white elephant."

Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society

The Athletics may have left Philadelphia at the end of the 1954 season, but they're still very much alive at this site, which offers several fascinating historical features.

Philadelphia Athletics History Society: History: The Story Behind the White Elephant

This link offers a story called "Why the Athletics Are Called ‘White Elephants"" by S. O. Grauley

Philadelphia Phillies Community: The Phillie Phanatic.

This link offers a story called - The Phanatic Makes His Debut, which details information on the beginnings of the Phanatic. In addition, there is a wonderful photo gallery of the Phillie Phanatic in action.

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Official Site

This website is the official site of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies official site has box scores, team statistics, schedules, daily news stories, game-day information, a tour of the new Citizens Bank Park, a brief history of the franchise, and a fan forum on which to voice views and let off steam.

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