Ben Shibe

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Benjamin Franklin Shibe
(Uncle Ben)

Biographical Information[edit]

Along with his sons John Shibe and Tom Shibe, Ben Shibe was half-owner of the Philadelphia Athletics of the American League from 1901 until his death in 1922.

His first connection with baseball came as a manufacturer of balls; he soon partnered with A.J. Reach, forming a joint sporting goods company in 1882 and was a minority owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, owned by Reach. He then invested in the newly-formed Athletics at the urging of Connie Mack, who controlled the remaining 50% of the team.

Shibe Park in Philadelphia was named in his honor.

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