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Frankford Yellow Jackets – 1926 NFL Champions

Yesterday I posted a link to the best site I found with history of the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Eagles fans will be familiar with the team especially this year as its the 75th anniversary of the Philadelphia Eagles.

My introduction to the Yellow Jackets was when I met Mary and Levi my neighbors in our first house in Frankford. Levi and his family had lived in Frankford for eons. His family name goes well back to the time when Frankford was a town in its own right.

He told me that when he was young he used to sit on a wall in back of the nursing school on Penn Street and watch the Yellow Jackets play. When I read later that the Yellow Jackets played up at Frankford and Devereaux I though his memory may have failed him.

But as I was browsing the Yellow Jackets history, I found that it does note their early games were played at Wistar Park. If Wistar Park was in the area of Penn and Oxford then Levi was right as usual.

It’s good to see the name of Frankford associated with champions once again even if it is only by way of a reminiscence.

Take a look at this article from The Evening Bulletin:

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Frankford fields getting an extreme makeover

If you noticed the improvements being made at the William Gambrell Playground down at Wakeling and Ditman Streets, this link from will fill in the details:

“Tomorrow, the team will celebrate the opening of a new, first-class field, with new fencing, goal posts and a new mural.

Comcast-Spectacor, the Eagles, and the city – among other donors – contributed $1 million in materials and services to improve the field, including an artificial-turf playing surface. Mayor Street and Gov. Rendell have also pledged their support.
Artists from Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program created the mural, which includes images of the current Frankford Chargers team and its expansion team, the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

The new Fox network show “Extreme Field Makeover” will record the project. The show is aimed at American communities that have renovated fields in need of refurbishing. “


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I see vampires

I’ve had to get up early several times during the last few months to travel for work. So at 5:30 a.m. as I’m out loading the car with my tools, people are strolling by the house. Now these folks aren’t walking by, they are strolling by.

When you walk to catch a bus or the el you move along to get where you’re going. When you stroll you’re in no great rush to get anywhere. They walk in two’s and three’s chatting as they go and always chat loud like it’s 5 in the evening not 5 in the morning.

So I wonder who are these people who are either up very late or very early and have no place to be. They don’t look homeless. They are fairly neat and clean. They don’t seem to be crazy or escapees from an asylum.

The only answer I can up with is that they are vampires. The sun isn’t up yet so they can still be out. I have never seen them in daylight so that fits. I guess they don’t have to be anywhere because they don’t work. They live by sucking the life from the community.

How did Frankford come to be populated with these creatures? How can we make them go away?