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Viva Medias B's
02-20-2011, 10:11 PM
Similar to the music time machine thread in The Parking Lot, what now demolished MLB ballpark (other than old Comiskey Park) would you take the time machine to? I'd like to go to Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

WhiteSox5187
02-20-2011, 10:16 PM
Ebbets Field

gogosox675
02-20-2011, 10:20 PM
I never got the chance to go to Yankee Stadium, so I would probably go there.

MeteorsSox4367
02-20-2011, 10:24 PM
Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Would have loved to have been there when Mazeroski hit his home run to win the 1960 World Series because I'm a Pirates fan and I despise the Yankees.

I've been on the site of the stadium on the Pitt campus and paid homage at Maz's Wall.

To see Forbes as it existed as a ballpark would have been very cool.

Honorable mention to Sicks Stadium in Seattle and Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

Seattle because Ball Four is arguably my favorite book and Cincinnati because I like the Reds and Crosley just looked like a cool old ballpark from all the pictures I've seen.

Daver
02-20-2011, 10:32 PM
I'd watch Willie Mays cover the Polo Grounds, price is no object.

gogosox675
02-20-2011, 10:36 PM
[QUOTE=MeteorsSox4367;2697905]Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Would have loved to have been there when Mazeroski hit his home run to win the 1960 World Series because I'm a Pirates fan and I despise the Yankees.

/QUOTE]
I would've loved to have been at Forbes Field for that or I would even go to Three Rivers Stadium to see the 1979 Pirates team.

Irishsox1
02-20-2011, 10:42 PM
Polo Grounds, just because it had a weird but cool layout. And because when the game was over, you got to walk on the field through the outfield and out centerfield.

WhiteSox5187
02-20-2011, 11:01 PM
I never got the chance to go to Yankee Stadium, so I would probably go there.

I saw a game there between the Yankees and the Tigers in '04, it was a dump. Maybe prior to Steinbrenner's renovations it was a sight to see, but when I went there it felt like I was in Busch Stadium. I didn't get any sense of history or anything there, the Yankees didn't try to make that big of a deal out of it (but I didn't get to see monument park, Bob Sheppard was cool though).

LongLiveFisk
02-20-2011, 11:50 PM
I never got the chance to go to Yankee Stadium, so I would probably go there.

Same with me. It didn't look especially beautiful, but just knowing the history it would have been a nice place to visit and reflect on the past.

Whitesox029
02-21-2011, 12:23 AM
Tiger Stadium. It always reminded me of Old Comiskey, both from the inside and outside (from what I could see on TV). I always really enjoyed watching the Sox play road games there on TV.

DSpivack
02-21-2011, 12:37 AM
Same with me. It didn't look especially beautiful, but just knowing the history it would have been a nice place to visit and reflect on the past.

I saw a game there between the Yankees and the Tigers in '04, it was a dump. Maybe prior to Steinbrenner's renovations it was a sight to see, but when I went there it felt like I was in Busch Stadium. I didn't get any sense of history or anything there, the Yankees didn't try to make that big of a deal out of it (but I didn't get to see monument park, Bob Sheppard was cool though).

I would want to see a pre-Steinbrenner renovation Yankee Stadium.

ComiskeyBrewer
02-21-2011, 01:46 AM
Tiger Stadium. It always reminded me of Old Comiskey, both from the inside and outside (from what I could see on TV). I always really enjoyed watching the Sox play road games there on TV.

Agreed. I drove by it before it was torn down, but i would have loved to see a game there.

Others:

Ebbets Field
Polo Grounds
Borchard Park(old stadium in Milwaukee, Very similar to the Polo grounds)
Yankee Stadium in 1927.

LITTLE NELL
02-21-2011, 05:05 AM
Ebbets Field.

PeteWard
02-21-2011, 07:43 AM
I saw a game there between the Yankees and the Tigers in '04, it was a dump. Maybe prior to Steinbrenner's renovations it was a sight to see, but when I went there it felt like I was in Busch Stadium. I didn't get any sense of history or anything there, the Yankees didn't try to make that big of a deal out of it (but I didn't get to see monument park, Bob Sheppard was cool though).

Saw a game there in 98 and even though I caught a screaming foul ball hit by Tim Raines, I did not really have a good time and was unimpressed by the park--which was pure 70's.

C-Dawg
02-21-2011, 08:21 AM
Saw a game there in 98 and even though I caught a screaming foul ball hit by Tim Raines, I did not really have a good time and was unimpressed by the park--which was pure 70's.

Yes 70s was right. Anyone who felt our blue seats "weren't all that bad" needed to see the awful faded ones at Yankee Stadium.

Fenway
02-21-2011, 08:31 AM
Braves Field - Boston for a baseball game

I own this program - my late brother had it in his collection
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/3932513035_87535ecd4b_o.jpg


http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://www.narragansettbeer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Boston-Braves.JPG&sa=X&ei=DXZiTfvWA8_qgQeX9529AQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc4Lw&usg=AFQjCNE3B3fvvURyX3I9QU5eJfIbIGwVOw

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5127/5274923412_156dd7db4f.jpg&sa=X&ei=tHZiTZbVMYe_gQePs8i4AQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc4Lw&usg=AFQjCNHVBK4LnjdWl2GAijfkPyq7-9xYsQ

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5274314013_967dbf3cf3.jpg&sa=X&ei=A3diTeTnE5H1gAfuzoCqAQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc4SA&usg=AFQjCNEIxQ5ZoolZmzJ1t1-NB_CXM0BbNQ

C-Dawg
02-21-2011, 08:37 AM
Braves Field - Boston for a baseball game

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5127/5274923412_156dd7db4f.jpg&sa=X&ei=tHZiTZbVMYe_gQePs8i4AQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc4Lw&usg=AFQjCNHVBK4LnjdWl2GAijfkPyq7-9xYsQ



Wow how long did that place linger?

Fenway
02-21-2011, 08:41 AM
Wow how long did that place linger?

Boston University bought it in 1955 and played football there. The grandstand was torn down around 1960 and dorms were built. The RF bleachers still survive.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3417/3256704073_e19b5b4a24_z.jpg

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5210/5274315787_76db0b5c03.jpg&sa=X&ei=F3piTamRMZS_gQe9lJGqAQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNF9k7IZkvQG_i7Vwkg49DshXn8yHQ

MeteorsSox4367
02-21-2011, 08:59 AM
Fenway: Sorry for the dumb question, but the bleachers at Nickerson were from the RF line or the outfield?

Thanks.

Fenway
02-21-2011, 09:05 AM
http://www.boston-braves.com/_IMAGES/_bravespics/scan_025_large.jpg

http://www.boston-braves.com/_IMAGES/_bravespics/scan_026_large.jpg

The second picture shows part of the problem....Braves was located next to the main New York Central trainyard and smoke from the locomotives poured into the stadium.

The reason the Braves left is a sad chapter in Boston's history. The team like others in the National League intergrated. Dave Anderson who later became famous as a columnist with the NY Times was the Dodgers beat writer for the Brooklyn Eagle. He said when Robinson came along there was magic and excitement everywhere the Dodgers went with the exception of Braves Field which he said was like a tomb.

In 1948 the Braves in a pennant winning season drew 1,455,439 - just 4 years later it fell to 281,278 - Red Sox attendance stayed the same.

The Braves also never cultivated New England the way the Red Sox did with radio.

russ99
02-21-2011, 09:11 AM
Polo Grounds, though I understand that a large majority of the seats there had bad views.

Fenway
02-21-2011, 09:15 AM
Fenway: Sorry for the dumb question, but the bleachers at Nickerson were from the RF line or the outfield?

Thanks.

RF line - I posted a couple more pics where you can see how the park was laid out.

My Mom was very bitter when the Braves left - only once do I remember her going to Fenway with us and that was for a Jimmy Fund Game with Milwaukee.

My Dad was a huge Red Sox fan and it almost cost him his marriage. The last weekend of the 1949 season, Boston needed one win at Yankee Stadium to win the pennant...

He and his brother then had a Ray Milland week in Manhattan - while my Mother ( who had me in the womb had no clue where they were )

She read him the riot act when he got home - and he never drank again. I found out only after he died he was a major force in the early years of Boston AA when hundreds of people the family did not know showed up at his wake.

bridgeportcopper
02-21-2011, 09:17 AM
[QUOTE=Fenway;2697999]Braves Field - Boston for a baseball game

I own this program - my late brother had it in his collection
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/3932513035_87535ecd4b_o.jpg

What do ya know...on that arbitrary day, the Yanks were beating the Sawx...and the Cubs were losing to the Cards!

Fenway
02-21-2011, 09:28 AM
[QUOTE=Fenway;2697999]Braves Field - Boston for a baseball game

I own this program - my late brother had it in his collection
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/3932513035_87535ecd4b_o.jpg

What do ya know...on that arbitrary day, the Yanks were beating the Sawx...and the Cubs were losing to the Cards!


I noticed that

Viva Medias B's
02-21-2011, 09:29 AM
I'd like to also go to Shibe Park.

Fenway
02-21-2011, 09:44 AM
[QUOTE=Fenway;2697999]Braves Field - Boston for a baseball game

I own this program - my late brother had it in his collection
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/3932513035_87535ecd4b_o.jpg

What do ya know...on that arbitrary day, the Yanks were beating the Sawx...and the Cubs were losing to the Cards!

I got curious on what that day would have been - and it never occured to me until just now what that cover was meant to represent. It was the final out of the game the Braves clinched the pennant in 1948.

SEPTERMBER 26, 1948
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1948/09261948.htm
Time of Game: 1:46 Attendance: 31172

SephClone89
02-21-2011, 10:43 AM
Very cliche answer, but Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. In a weird contradiction, I have soft spots for both the Dodgers and the Giants. Though for the Dodgers it's mostly the Brooklyn era (plus Vin Scully now), whereas for the Giants it's mostly since they moved to SF.

Would be nice to see Tiger Stadium, too.

LITTLE NELL
02-21-2011, 11:46 AM
I'd like to also go to Shibe Park.

Saw a game there in 1967 when it was called Connie Mack Stadium, it was a real dump.

PKalltheway
02-21-2011, 11:59 AM
Crosley Field would be my pick. The neat thing is that there's a replica of Crosley Field about 30 minutes north of downtown Cincy that features the original scoreboard as it stood during the park's final game in 1970.

Tiger Stadium and the Polo Grounds are two others that would seemed pretty neat to go to. I never did get to go to Milwaukee County Stadium either, so that would be another one for me as well.

FielderJones
02-21-2011, 12:30 PM
South Side Park, October 14, 1906. :tongue:

Foulke You
02-21-2011, 05:31 PM
Saw a game there in 1967 when it was called Connie Mack Stadium, it was a real dump.
I can't comment about the overall ballpark because I had never been there. However, I always thought Shibe had one of the more interesting looking designs for a main entrance to a ballpark. Almost church-like: http://isportacus.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/shibe.jpg

It looks like the Mets Citi Field borrowed a bit from that design for their main entrance: http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared/5/53/Citi_Field.JPG

SephClone89
02-21-2011, 06:03 PM
It looks like the Mets Citi Field borrowed a bit from that design for their main entrance:

Nope...
http://www.dugout-memories.com/goffebb1.jpg

Fenway
02-21-2011, 06:19 PM
http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://dmbworldseriesreplay.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/1908wsprogram_thumb.jpg%3Fw%3D304%26h%3D233&sa=X&ei=ef9iTYaAMo3pgAfkpanAAQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc4Hg&usg=AFQjCNENRZtY3It5o2lqN5nEQoz8Dr3L7Q

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://www.suntala.com/evol_images/bennett_660w.jpg&sa=X&ei=lgBjTdPbGpHUgQeQzum7AQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNFKJdvESjxthWvgJPzvJc-BBPWefg

Bennett Park - October 14, 1908 to be a part of the smallest crowd in World Series history - 6,210

and

to tell the fans of the winning team...

"Enjoy this one, because it might be awhile until the next one..." :tongue:


What I never knew until now - the old ballpark was located where Tiger Stadium was built..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennett_Park_(Detroit)

Andy T Clown
02-21-2011, 06:44 PM
south side park, october 14, 1906. :tongue:

yes!!!

michned
02-21-2011, 08:34 PM
Braves Field - Boston for a baseball game

My parents settled in Boston for a few years after the War. My Dad would always tell me that he loved Braves Field and would go there every chance he had.

StillMissOzzie
02-21-2011, 11:03 PM
Tiger Stadium. It always reminded me of Old Comiskey, both from the inside and outside (from what I could see on TV). I always really enjoyed watching the Sox play road games there on TV.

+1
I am really disappointed that I never found the time when it was still there.

SMO
:mad:

Fenway
02-22-2011, 08:15 AM
Tiger Stadium. It always reminded me of Old Comiskey, both from the inside and outside (from what I could see on TV). I always really enjoyed watching the Sox play road games there on TV.

I remember my first visit to Tiger Stadium

Chicago White Sox 7, Detroit Tigers 4
Game Played on Saturday, May 8, 1982 (D) at Tiger Stadium (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1982/B05080DET1982.htm)

My friend Bill decides at 3 AM that we are going to Detroit to see the White Sox.

What struck me most about Tiger Stadium was while it looked huge on TV, the park was actually on a very small footprint (much less land than Fenway)

We lucked out and had first row in the upper deck behind third...it was a great place.

TomBradley72
02-22-2011, 09:23 AM
I can't think of an old ballpark I wouldn't want to see- one from a little more of the modern era would be Jarry Park in Montreal.

SOXSINCE'70
02-22-2011, 09:30 AM
Ebbetts Field.

Foulke You
02-22-2011, 02:34 PM
Nope...
http://www.dugout-memories.com/goffebb1.jpg
Yep. That looks even more influential to Citi's design. Shibe and Ebbets both share the columns along the side but the main entrance of Ebbets is much closer to what Citi looks like.

Fenway
02-22-2011, 02:48 PM
That upper deck at Connie Mack must have been fun after a couple of beers..
:gulp:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/2605293165_60836ee953_z.jpg

Just ugly

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://www.falstaffbrewing.com/shibe_park1.jpg&sa=X&ei=2SBkTZaBGIvEgAemxZitAQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc4IA&usg=AFQjCNFEs5JgslFy6S2bSMLqBczlyis3pQ

MeteorsSox4367
02-22-2011, 04:36 PM
Fenway:

Love the picture of Connie Mack. One thing that piqued my curiosity was why the one section in the upper deck right behind the plate was vacant. That would seem to be the best view as well as a great place for catching foul balls.

As for the people who were talking about Tiger Stadium, I made it there in 1999 for a game against Seattle. A former co-worker said that if I missed Old Comiskey that much, Tiger Stadium would remind me of it.

It did. It was dark in some spots, it stunk like stale old beer and cigarette smoke and I absolutely loved it. We got there as the gates opened and I walked around taking pictures and just trying to absorb everything.

One place that hasn't been torn down yet is RFK. I had to get there when the Nationals played there and I did for two games. It was kind of dumpy and stunk with the familiar beer and smoke, but I really liked it.

I walked around in the upper deck and took pictures of and in the seats where Frank Howard hit his bombs. Holy crap were they way up there. We even had seats in an old auxiliary football press box down the third-base line and the view was cool.

Like Tom Bradley posted, I'd love to see pretty much any old ballpark.

Fenway
02-22-2011, 05:39 PM
I wondered the same thing about those empty seats :scratch:

I was lucky enough to go to a few games at Parc Jarry


As the attached article will show, I belong to a very select club...somebody who was at a teams first ever home game :smile:....and their last :whiner:

Foulke You
02-23-2011, 12:43 AM
Just ugly

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://www.falstaffbrewing.com/shibe_park1.jpg&sa=X&ei=2SBkTZaBGIvEgAemxZitAQ&ved=0CAQQ8wc4IA&usg=AFQjCNFEs5JgslFy6S2bSMLqBczlyis3pQ
Why do I suddenly have the urge to have an ice cold Ballantine Beer? :gulp:

Fenway
02-23-2011, 06:57 AM
Why do I suddenly have the urge to have an ice cold Ballantine Beer? :gulp:

The Connie Mack Scoreboard came from another ballpark - it saw a lot of baseball - good and bad

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://sharing.krqe.com/sharewlin//photo/2010/10/07/AP561008076_20101007054622_640_480.JPG&sa=X&ei=uQNlTcTTI5PqgQeO5JC1Bg&ved=0CAQQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNGHo5Fsp8q9nOi6YnhOX86TM7QHFQ

FielderJones
02-24-2011, 10:55 AM
The Connie Mack Scoreboard came from another ballpark - it saw a lot of baseball - good and bad


I like that they had the Longines official time, just like we used to have the Elgin official time.

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/scoreboard-comiskey.jpg

Fenway
02-24-2011, 11:12 AM
I am curious what team had the first all electric scoreboard...I am pretty sure the Boston Braves were not the first in 1948.

gogosox675
02-26-2011, 11:57 PM
I found this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43289453@N03/sets/72157623596170805/) while I was looking for pictures of old ballparks. There are some views of ballparks that you don't see that often. Good stuff.

Foulke You
02-27-2011, 02:02 AM
I found this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43289453@N03/sets/72157623596170805/) while I was looking for pictures of old ballparks. There are some views of ballparks that you don't see that often. Good stuff.
Thanks for the link. I've seen some shots of our ballpark under construction before but never from those angles and certainly not the one that had the ballpark almost completed, sans seats! Oh, and those cookie cutter stadiums like Three Rivers were hideous from any angle. :tongue:

tick53
02-27-2011, 06:38 AM
Ebbets Field.


I'm going with Ebbets too. I would have loved to see the neighborhood around it also.

soxfanatlanta
02-27-2011, 10:15 AM
In addition to all the standard places (Ebbets, Polo Grounds, Tiger's Stadium), I'd like to see the Atlanta Crackers, or the Black Crackers play at Ponce de Leon Park. There is a shopping center where it used to stand. :(:

gobears1987
02-27-2011, 10:31 AM
Shibe Park

ComiskeyBrewer
02-27-2011, 10:23 PM
In addition to all the standard places (Ebbets, Polo Grounds, Tiger's Stadium), I'd like to see the Atlanta Crackers, or the Black Crackers play at Ponce de Leon Park. There is a shopping center where it used to stand. :(:

REALLY off topic here, but i researched the meaning of that word, and it's pretty freakin interesting. If anybody has some free time, i'd suggest researching it.