Which Old Ballpark? Put a Lid on It

By Glen Sparks

Ready for another round of Which Old Ballpark? Guess which ballpark matches each clue. The newest park on here opened in 1925.

1.  The team owner announces plans to build a domed stadium to replace this still-romanticized former ballpark.

2.  This ballpark is named for a British general who fought in the French and Indian War.

3.  Lights, camera, action. This ballpark was the setting for the t.v. series Home Run Derby.

4.  Future Hall of Famer Ted Williams won the Triple Crown while playing his home games at this ballpark in the American Association.

5.  Demolished in 1976, this ballpark played host to an MLB team during that team’s Midwest stop.

This old ballpark is the answer to No. 2.

This old ballpark is the answer to No. 2.

1.  Ebbets Field, opened in 1913. Owner Walter O’Malley scuttled his proposal for a domed stadium in Brooklyn, and his Dodgers headed west to Los Angeles before the 1958 season. The site is now home to the Ebbets Field Apartments.

2.  Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, 1909. Gen. John Forbes ordered the construction of Fort Pitt, named in honor of William Pitt the Elder, Great Britain’s secretary of state. The area was later dubbed “Pittsburgh.”

3.  Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 1925. This park in South L.A., owned by chewing gum titan Phillip K. Wrigley, hosted several minor league teams, besides being a t.v. star. The Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League played here for many years, while the big-league version of the Angels played here during their inaugural season of 1961 before moving to Dodger Stadium and, later, Anaheim.

4.  Nicollett Park in Minneapolis, 1896. Ted Williams batted .366 with 46 home runs and 142 RBI for the Minneapolis Millers. The park is now the site of a Wells Fargo Bank branch location and a medical clinic.

5.  Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, 1923. Originally called Muehlebach Field, this park played host to many teams, including the A’s from 1955-67 after they left Philadelphia and before they went to Oakland. Also known as Rupert Stadium and Blues Stadium, this ballpark hosted the Kansas City Royals from 1969-72, the Kansas City Chiefs from 1963-72 and the famous Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues from 1923-54. A municipal garden replaced the ballpark.

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