By Glen Sparks
Ready for a wintertime edition of Which Old Ballpark? I’ll post the answers tomorrow. Good luck!
- This old ballpark was built on the site of the old Allston Golf Course.
- This ballpark opened April 10, 1912, the same day as Fenway Park. An informal name for the ballpark was “The Corner.”
- The Cubs won four pennants in five years playing at this old ballpark, pre-Wrigley Field.
- This ballpark was dedicated in 1902 at Findlay Street and Western Avenue.
- A paid crowd of 76,979 saw the first game ever played at this ballpark, Sunday, July 31, 1932.
- This east coast ballpark stood on high ground, hence the name.
- Boston’s Ted Williams went 6-8 in a season-ending doubleheader in 1941, finishing the year .406.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates played their first National League game at this former ballpark, April 30, 1887.
- Adm. George Dewey, hero of the Spanish-American War, was on site to dedicate this former ballpark on April 29, 1901, before a crowd of 10,000 fans.
- One of the many signs on this old ballpark read “Hit Sign, Win Suit.” Need another clue? The “h” and an “e” in the Schaefer’s Beer sign could be illuminated to designate a hit or an error.
By Glen Sparks
Are you ready for another round of Which Old Ballpark? This time, we have 10 ballparks and 10 clues. The answers are at the bottom. Good luck!
- Angry fans pelted the Cardinals’ Joe “Ducky” Medwick with an assortment of fruit at this old ballpark during Game 7 of the 1934 World Series.
- Hilda Chester rang a cowbell to excite the crowd at this old ballpark.
- In 1950, Red Schoendist hit a home run in the 14th inning to help the National League beat the American League at the All-Star Game held in this old ballpark.
- A 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall made his debut at this old ballpark on June 10, 1944.
- Babe Ruth belted career home run No. 500 on Aug. 11, 1929, at this old ballpark.
- Tony Lazzeri drove in 11 runs at this old ballpark on May 24, 1936.
- Dale Long homered in his eighth straight game at this old ballpark on May 28, 1956.
- This old ballpark was the site of Ernest Padgett’s unassisted triple play Oct. 6, 1923.
- “Bobo” Holloman tossed a new-hitter in his first start, May 6, 1953, at this old ballpark.
- This old ballpark was famous for its giant-sized Lifebuoy ad in right field.
1. Tiger Stadium in Detroit
2. Ebbets Field in Brooklyn
3. Comiskey Park in Chicago
4. Crosley Field in Cincinnati
5. League Park in Cleveland
6. Shibe Park in Philadelphia
7. Forbes Field in Pittsburgh
8. Braves Field in Boston
9. Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis
10. Baker Bowl in Philadelphia
By Glen Sparks
Janet Marie Smith will take you out to the ballpark in this informal speech she gave last spring at the 26th annual Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in Cooperstown, N.Y. Smith, the senior vice president of planning and development for the Dodgers, worked on stadium projects in Baltimore and Boston before coming to Los Angeles. She offers a brief history of ballpark design and talks about some of the updates at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the on-going renovations at Dodger Stadium.
You’ll also find out the answers to these all-important questions:
- How far away did the scoreboard stand from home plate at Ebbets Field?
- Who said this to Dodger owner Walter O’Malley: “The City of New York does not find it in the public interest to help you assemble a site for a private endeavor”?
- What city in the 1970s bucked the multi-purpose trend of having baseball and football teams play in the same stadium?
- How many Mayflower moving vans packed up and left Baltimore for Indianapolis under the cover of night in 1984?
- How many feet long is the brick B&O Warehouse outside Oriole Park?
- Which former big-league first baseman owns a barbeque stand on Eutaw Street near Oriole Park?
- Since Oriole Park debuted in 1992, how many “parks” have opened, how many “fields” and how many “stadiums”?
- Where did Dodger Stadium rank in 2013 among most Instagramed sites in the world?
By Glen Sparks
The post today is pretty simple. I give you the street address and the date of the home opener, and you guess the name of the ballpark.
I will include the answers in tomorrow’s post. Good luck!
1. 8400 Kirby Drive. Opened April 9, 1965.
2. 1000 Elysian Park Ave. Opened April 10, 1962.
3. 2755 West 17th Ave. Opened Aug. 14, 1948.
4. 2700 Ranier Ave. South. Opened June 15, 1938.
5. 55 Sullivan Place. Opened in April 9, 1913.
6. 4 Yawkey Way. Opened April 20, 1912.
7. 230 South Bouquet St. Opened June 30, 1909.
8. 2911 N. Grand Blvd. Opened April 23, 1902.
9. Lexington Avenue and East 66th St. Opened May 1, 1891.
10. Bounded by N. Broad Street, W. Huntingdon Street, N. 15th Street and W. Lehigh Avenue. Opened April 30, 1887.
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.
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.
By Glen Sparks
Do you know where these pieces of baseball history happened? Hint: Every ballpark in this post opened before 1920. You’ll find the answers at the bottom.
1. Night baseball in the Major Leagues debuts here on May 24, 1935. President Franklin D. Roosevelt flips a switch in the White House to turn on the lights.
2. St. Louis Cardinals’ great Dizzy Dean is never the same after breaking a big toe while pitching at this ballpark on July 7, 1937.
3. The Washington Senators steal a record eight bases in the first inning at this ballpark on July, 19, 1915.
4. Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman dies after being hit in the head with a pitch thrown here on Aug. 17, 1920.
5. This ballpark has one red seat, located in the right-field bleachers.
1. Crosley Field in Cincinnati, opened in 1912. Reds General Manager Larry MacPhail wanted to increase attendance during the Depression; 20,422 fans (about 15,000 more than usual) came out to watch the last-place Reds beat the Phillies 2-1.
2. Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., 1911. The injury happened at the All-Star Game; the batter was Earl Averill of the Cleveland Indians.
3. League Park in Cleveland, 1891. The weary catcher? Steve O’Neill.
4. The Polo Grounds in New York, 1911. The Yankees’ Carl Mays threw the pitch, and Chapman died 12 hours later. (The Yankees played at the Polo Grounds from 1913 through 1922.)
5. Fenway Park in Boston, 1912. The seat marks the spot where Ted Williams crushed a 502-foot home run on June 9, 1946, the longest round-tripper ever hit at Fenway Park.