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Kicking off another season with our Hershey Football Training Camp Tee

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In 1945, John Sollenberger had what decades later sounds like a Hail Mary pass of a notion: to bring a National Football League team to Hershey.

Said Sollenberger, who oversaw programming for what then was known as Hershey Stadium:

“We have the facilities and we have the population in and around Hershey that would compare favorably with Green Bay,” according to FootballGeography.com, citing an Associated Press story.

Truth be told, Green Bay, Wis., home to the Packers, is an outlier in the big-market NFL, but Sollenberger was on to something. Even today, the population of the Harrisburg-York-Lebanon Combined Statistical Area, which includes Hershey, is more than three times larger than the Green Bay-Shamano CSA.

Needless to say, Hershey never landed an NFL team to call its own, but it was a fixture in the league. For most of the 1940s through 1960s, Hershey was the training camp host to NFL teams:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers, 1941, 1942 and 1946

  • Philadelphia Eagles, 1945, 1951-63, 1965-67

  • Baltimore Colts, 1947 (members of the All-America Football Conference, which merged with the NFL in 1950)

  • Boston Yanks, 1948

  • New York Bulldogs, 1949

‘Part of the community’

We’re honoring that professional era of Hershey’s rich football history with our new Hershey Football Training Camp Tee.

Hershey is most associated with ice hockey (the Bears’ 11 Calder Cups are the most championships in American Hockey League history), but the arrival of football training camp was a big deal in town.

From the Hershey Community Archives website:

“From 1951 to 1967*, the Philadelphia Eagles came to Hershey for their summer training camp. The team would arrive in late July or early August for three weeks of pre-season conditioning. The football players were housed in rooms on the third and fourth floors of the Community Building.

“Each summer the Eagles really did become part of the community. In addition to living at the Community Building, the players used its recreational facilities to relax in the evenings. Many local boys remember playing pool or handball with the football players.”

Training camp also brought with it NFL preseason games played in Hershey. It was at the Hershey Community Archives that I had an opportunity to page through a program from an August 1964 exhibition between the Eagles and the Colts.

The program, which cost 50 cents, noted that training camp had started on July 12 for rookies, quarterbacks and centers, one week ahead of the rest of the squad (this year, all Eagles players reported to NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia on July 24).

‘Build a Winner at Hershey Training Camp’

A photo caption said, “The new Eagles are perhaps the most spirited ever to train at Hershey and certainly the best conditioned. Here they are racing off the field after a hard practice session.”

An article bore the headline, “Strain and Muscle Build a Winner at Hershey Training Camp,” the second paragraph noting: “Observers in Hershey, professional and amateur alike, have been tremendously impressed with the orderly, rugged, and hard-working practice schedule set by Coach [Joseph] Kuharich and his four assistants.”

Kuharich, who had been lured away from Notre Dame for the 1964 season, went 6-8 that year. He is the only Eagles coach with a losing record for his time with the team, which ended in 1968.

Sollenberger and Hershey never got their own NFL team, but they came pretty close in 1952.

That was the last year that an NFL team folded. The Dallas Texans (formerly the Boston Yanks and the New York Bulldogs) were so abysmal at the gate and on the field that in mid-November, the league took control of the team and relocated its home base to Hershey, where the team practiced.

The team’s two remaining “home” games, however, were played in Akron, Ohio (the only win of the season, against the Chicago Bears and played in front of 3,000 fans) and Detroit, en route to a 1-11 overall record.

The NFL disbanded the team, with many players winding up on the new incarnation of the Baltimore Colts in 1953.

Meanwhile, the Eagles would continue to call Hershey home for training camp through 1967.

We've added eight tees and a tote bag so far this year

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When I think of Stay’s product prolificity in 2019, Johnny Cash comes to mind.

None of our new tees is black, so that’s not why I invoke the Man in Black. Rather, it’s Cash singing “I’ve Been Everywhere”:

To wit: “I’ve been to Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota, Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow … “

We get around, too, for pop-up events in old department stores, in hotel banquet rooms and on city streets. But we also travel in a figurative sense, as we’ve done with the recent introduction of new Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, York and Happy Valley tees.

We’ve added eight tees in all, including our John Updike-inspired heart shirt in a women’s cut and children’s sizes and a new version of our popular unisex Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful tee, also in a women’s cut and children’s sizes.

We added a Garvin’s department store retro tee, giving us one for Lancaster to complement our Flying Machine (Hershey), Helb’s Keystone Brewery (York), and Herpak Franks (Harrisburg) throwback designs.

Canvas grocery bag

All told, the Stay lineup now comprises 30 distinct tees.

Our one other addition this year is a cotton canvas grocery bag featuring the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful design. It’s roomy and sturdy for carrying food and beverage, but it’s so stylish that you’ll feel comfortable taking it to work or on a trip.

Of course, everything we sell is always available on stayapparel.com. We bring a representative selection to all of our pop-up appearances, too. If you’re coming to see us at a show and want to make sure we have a certain item, please send us a note at hello@stayapparel.com and we’ll be more than happy to oblige.

We haven’t been everywhere, man, but we try to make our way around the midstate. We hope to see you down the road.









Checking our list: Here's where you'll find Stay Apparel this holiday season

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There’s no place like home for the holidays. And Stay Apparel is all about home, offering cool U.S.-made tees featuring our hometown of Hershey, as well as Harrisburg, York, Lititz, Lancaster, Philadelphia.

And for the man who’s headin' for Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie, we offer our mouth-watering Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful tee.

We’re gearing up for a big holiday season, packing the Stay sleigh full of awesome U.S.-made clothing and accessories perfect for all your gift-giving needs. And if you live in central Pennsylvania, you’ll find us popping up near your neck of the woods throughout November and December.

We love meeting customers in person, so come and Stay for a while with us (admission is free unless otherwise noted):

Nov. 3: Harrisburg Flea from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg.

Nov. 17: Central Market in York, 34 W. Philadelphia St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community stand.

Nov. 24: Creatively Lancaster from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim.

Dec. 1: Harrisburg Flea from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg.

Dec. 1: York Flea from noon to 5 p.m. in Cherry Lane Park, York.

Dec. 7: Downtown Hershey 2018 Holiday Market from 5 to 8 p.m. in ChocolateTown Square Park.

Dec. 7: Hockey Night in Hershey at Hersheypark Arena, premiere of the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society documentary, “B’ars to Bears: Hershey’s Hockey Dynasty.” (Admission fee)

Dec. 8: Creatively Lancaster from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the former Bon-Ton space at Park City Center.

Dec. 15: Creatively Lancaster from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the former Bon-Ton space at Park City Center.

Dec. 15: Central Market in York, 34 W. Philadelphia St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community stand.

Dec. 22: Creatively Lancaster from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the former Bon-Ton space at Park City Center.

Of course, if you can’t come to us in person, we sell everything online and offer fast, affordable shipping ($5 per order, free for purchases of $75 or more in the contiguous United States).

You'll also find a limited selection of Stay items at these fine local retailers: Hershey Pharmacy & Gifts, Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society, and Knock Knock Boutique, Hershey; Arthur & Daughters, York; and Spotted Owl Boutique, Lititz.


Stay is on the move in April and May

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The Stay bigtop, coming to pop-up show near you.

The Stay bigtop, coming to pop-up show near you.

If April brings showers, well, there's not much we can do about the weather.

Regardless, we'll be right as rain for our April and May shows because we'll either be indoors or under the Stay bigtop. (OK, it's only a 10-foot-by-10-foot tent, but it's Stay-branded, made in the USA by our friends at TentCraft, and pretty awesome.)

We have six appearances scheduled, in Dauphin, Lancaster and York counties. We'll be back in our hometown, Hershey, for the first time since December. Each of these events is free and open to the public.

Here's the full slate:

April 7: Harrisburg Flea from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St.

April 21: Go Green in the City from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown York (outdoors)

April 28: York Flea from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Collusion Tapworks, 105 S. Howard St. (outdoors)

May 5: Harrisburg Flea from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St. (outdoors)

May 12: Hershey ArtFest & Flower Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Hershey (outdoors)

May 19: Spring Harvest hosted by Honeysuckle Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4201 Harvest Road, Manheim. [Update May 2: This event has been cancelled.]

We hope to see you out and about this spring. Stop by, say hey, and maybe pick up a U.S.-made tee. As always, Stay stickers are free!