After being forced out of a leadership role with the Hilldale team in 1930, Ed Bolden took a two-year hiatus from baseball. But his love of the game, and the businessman inside him could not allow him to stay away from baseball for long. By 1932, Bolden had become an honorary member of the Darby Phantoms Athletic Club where he took a strong interest in the amateur baseball team.
After failing to take the Phantoms to the professional level, Bolden regrouped by founding the Philadelphia Stars in 1933 and joined forces with Ed Gottlieb, best known as one of the owners of what would become the Philadelphia Warriors basketball team. Gottleib was known for his strong promotional skills and connections that could allow Bolden greater competitive opportunity and financial success for his team.
For the 1933 season, Bolden located his new team inside Philadelphia city limits to play at Passon Field located at 48th and Spruce. The Stars spent the 1933 season as a barnstorming independent team.