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1887 Tobacco Card of Bill Sharsig, manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
At age 25, Bill Sharsig organized the original Philadelphia Athletics, a semi-pro team playing in Oakdale Park, where he held the lease. When the American Association was formed two years later, he joined. The club was profitable, but not very successful on the field. Sharsig hired a new manager every year for four years, beginning in 1884, but none was satisfactory. Each season he took over as manager and finished the season. In 1888 he became the full-time manager. The club jumped to third in the standings but began to lose money. Sharsig turned down several offers to sell the team at a profit. However, the Brotherhood War almost bankrupted him and he was forced to sell in 1891.
An able handler of men and a kind but firm disciplinarian, Sharsig was one of the most popular men in the game. He managed minor league teams in Pennsylvania until he became business manager for the new AL Athletics in 1901.By The Baseball Page
- Philadelphia Athletics (AA)