Did You Get Lost? 8400 Kirby Drive Was a Wonder, 4 Yawkey Way Has a Monster

By Glen Sparks

Some people called Forbes Field "Dreyfuss's folly" because it was a 10-minute trolley ride from downtown Pittsburgh.

Some people called Forbes Field “Dreyfuss’s Folly” because it was a 10-minute trolley ride from downtown Pittsburgh.

Yesterday, you had to guess the correct ballpark after reading only the park’s address. In some cases, the street names provided a clue. The opening dates for each park probably also helped narrow things down a bit. Check out the answers below.

1. The Astrodome in Houston. 8400 Kirby Drive. Opened April 9, 1965.

Home of the Astros (1965-99). Designers put a roof on the so-called “eighth wonder of the world” as a way to shield players and fans from heavy rains, giant mosquitos and the Texas heat. AstroTurf debuted here in 1966 after some failed attempts to grow grass indoors.

2. Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. 1000 Elysian Park Ave. Opened April 10, 1962

Home of the Dodgers (1962-present). Workers moved several million cubic feet of dirt to build Dodger Stadium. Palo Verde Elementary School was buried, intentionally, during construction of the stadium; the school rests beneath a parking lot northwest of third base.

3. Mile High Stadium in Denver. 2755 West 17th Ave. Opened Aug. 14, 1948.

Home of the Rockies (1993-94). No, this wasn’t a trick question. The long-time home of the NFL’s Broncos was originally built as a baseball stadium for the Denver Bears of the Western League. The Broncos moved into an expanded Mile High in 1960.

4. Sick’s Stadium in Seattle. 2700 Ranier Ave. South. Opened June 15, 1938.

Home of the Pilots (1969). Home of the Seattle Steelheads, the Negro Leagues (1946). The Pilots spent just one season in Seattle before packing up for Milwaukee and becoming the Brewers. Sick’s Stadium is more famous for being the home of the Seattle Raniers of the Pacific Coast League. Emil Sick owned the Raniers and the Ranier Brewing Company.

5. Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. 55 Sullivan Place. Opened in April 9, 1913.

Fans went to 55 Sullivan Place in Brooklyn to see the Dodgers play.

Fans went to 55 Sullivan Place in Brooklyn to see the Dodgers play.

Home of the Dodgers (1913-57). This famous bandbox of a ballpark still evokes romantic memories of Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Charlie Ebbets built the park on a Brooklyn garbage dump, called Pigtown due to the stench.

6. Fenway Park in Boston. 4 Yawkey Way. Opened April 20, 1912.

Home of the Red Sox (1912-present). This is the ballpark famous for Pesky’s Pole in right field and, of course, the Green Monster in left field. The Monster stands 37 feet, 2 inches high and is just 310-315 feet from home plate. Officially, Pesky’s Pole is 302 feet from home plate down the right-field line. Some people, probably a fair number of pitchers, insist the pole is even closer to home.

7. Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. 230 South Bouquet St. Opened June 30, 1909.

Home of the Pirates (1909-1970). Home of the Homestead Greys, the Negro Leagues (1922-39). Pirates Owner Barney Dreyfuss built his ballpark out of concrete and steel, one of the first. Some people called Forbes Field “Dreyfuss’s Folly” because it was so far from downtown, a 10-minute trolley ride away. Home plate from the final game at Forbes Field lies encased in the lobby of Posvar Hall at the University of Pittsburgh.

8. Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. 2911 N. Grand Blvd. Opened April 23, 1902.

Home of the Browns (1902-53). Home of the Cardinals (1920-66). Sportsman’s Park sat at the corner of N. Grand Boulevard and Dodier Street in north St. Louis. The Grand street address refers to the Browns. The Cardinals’ address was 3623 Dodier St. The Browns played at Sportsman’s Park until leaving for Baltimore after the 1953 season. The Cardinals stuck around until Busch Memorial Stadium opened May 12, 1966.

9. League Park in Cleveland. Lexington Avenue and East 66th St. Opened May 1, 1891.

League Park opened in Cleveland in 1891.

League Park opened in Cleveland in 1891.

Home of the Cleveland Spiders (1891-1899). Home of the Cleveland Lake Shores (1900). Home of the Indians (1901-46). Home of the Cleveland Buckeyes, the Negro Leagues (1943-48, 1950). League Park opened modestly with 9,000 wooden seats. It was rebuilt in 1910 as a much larger concrete-and-steel park. In 1899, League Park hosted a Spiders team that went 20-134. The Indians played some home games at Cleveland Municipal Stadium from 1936-46 and all of them there from 1947-93 until the opening of Jacob’s Field.

10. Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Bounded by N. Broad Street, W. Huntingdon Street, N. 15th Street and W. Lehigh Avenue. Opened April 30, 1887.

Home of the Phillies (1887-1938). The Phillies played 51½ seasons at the Bowl; they won a single pennant (1915). The Phils finished in last place, or someplace close, most years. Baker Bowl was famous for a 60-foot high wall in right-center field featured a gigantic Lifebuoy ad.


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