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DoItForDanPasqua
02-19-2012, 04:39 PM
Sort of a Google Earth before there were satellites, here are aerial views of Comiskey Park going back to 1938 and continuing after it's gone. It's cool to see the train tracks and Armour Park as a constant presence, and you can see the Dan Ryan being built in the 1962 shot. I still miss the old ballpark.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

LITTLE NELL
02-19-2012, 05:03 PM
Neat site.
The 1962 view brings back memories as I was a vendor that year and we would walk the few blocks from the EL at 35th and State and I was amazed at how wide the Dan Ryan was going to be.

Fenway
02-19-2012, 05:05 PM
Sort of a Google Earth before there were satellites, here are aerial views of Comiskey Park going back to 1938 and continuing after it's gone. It's cool to see the train tracks and Armor Park as a constant presence, and you can see the Dan Ryan being built in the 1962 shot. I still miss the old ballpark.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

Impressive - checkout Brooklyn

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

doublem23
02-19-2012, 05:08 PM
Pretty cool. I liked the one that had the football field layout visible. Wish they would have had one of the two parks standing side by side while the Cell was being built in the early 90s, but beggars can't be choosers.

I wish I would have gotten to know old Comiskey better, but I don't have any real memories of the park, other than the 1 game I do remember going to there, and remember seeing the multiple colors of paint on my chair that had been chipped away.

DoItForDanPasqua
02-19-2012, 05:14 PM
Pretty cool. I liked the one that had the football field layout visible. Wish they would have had one of the two parks standing side by side while the Cell was being built in the early 90s, but beggars can't be choosers.

I wish I would have gotten to know old Comiskey better, but I don't have any real memories of the park, other than the 1 game I do remember going to there, and remember seeing the multiple colors of paint on my chair that had been chipped away.

If you look, there is a way to overlay the two images. This isn't the same as, say, a 1989 image you may be looking for, but it's cool to see. Also, from the slide feature it looks they did a near perfect job of placing the historic location of home plate in the parking lot. I wish they could have preserved some of the park like they did with Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

LITTLE NELL
02-19-2012, 05:28 PM
Pretty cool. I liked the one that had the football field layout visible. Wish they would have had one of the two parks standing side by side while the Cell was being built in the early 90s, but beggars can't be choosers.

I wish I would have gotten to know old Comiskey better, but I don't have any real memories of the park, other than the 1 game I do remember going to there, and remember seeing the multiple colors of paint on my chair that had been chipped away.

For sure, old Comiskey had to lead the league in seats being painted the most times. Bill Veeck loved paint.

Fenway
02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
This shows long forgotten Braves Field before the grandstand was demolished to build dorms.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

DoItForDanPasqua
02-19-2012, 05:44 PM
This shows long forgotten Braves Field before the grandstand was demolished to build dorms.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

I can't tell from the image. Is there any part of the old structure that still exists?

Fenway
02-19-2012, 05:50 PM
I can't tell from the image. Is there any part of the old structure that still exists?

RF pavilion

http://stadiums.findthedata.org/sites/default/files/542/media/images/Nickerson_Field.jpg

Fenway
02-19-2012, 05:54 PM
I can't tell from the image. Is there any part of the old structure that still exists?

RF pavilion

http://stadiums.findthedata.org/sites/default/files/542/media/images/Nickerson_Field.jpg

http://www.msmusings.com/archive/133/Braves%20Field.jpg

doublem23
02-19-2012, 06:12 PM
If you look, there is a way to overlay the two images. This isn't the same as, say, a 1989 image you may be looking for, but it's cool to see. Also, from the slide feature it looks they did a near perfect job of placing the historic location of home plate in the parking lot. I wish they could have preserved some of the park like they did with Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

If you compare the 1952 shot with the most current one, the number of homes that have been destroyed for the park, expressway, and projects in the area is staggering.

DoItForDanPasqua
02-19-2012, 06:15 PM
If you compare the 1952 shot with the most current one, the number of homes that have been destroyed for the park, expressway, and projects in the area is staggering.


Right. Now imagine that for all the expressways that were built during this period. This was one of the factors that brought cities down for the next few decades.

BigKlu59
02-19-2012, 07:25 PM
Neat site.
The 1962 view brings back memories as I was a vendor that year and we would walk the few blocks from the EL at 35th and State and I was amazed at how wide the Dan Ryan was going to be.

I checked out the West Side and the Old Madhouse.. I remember parking inside the fence around Barn as an early bird and was surprised to see the Parking lot expansion over the years as it grew with the suburban sprawl and that Urban Renewal in the 60's..

Yes, that must have been a WOW moment seeing the swath of the Ryan from 35th and State. West Side had the Ike... Needed commodities to open up the flow into and out of the city then, now just as clogged as North Ave, Chicago Ave, Roosevelt Rd used to be in old days..

BK59

LITTLE NELL
02-19-2012, 07:39 PM
I checked out the West Side and the Old Madhouse.. I remember parking inside the fence around Barn as an early bird and was surprised to see the Parking lot expansion over the years as it grew with the suburban sprawl and that Urban Renewal in the 60's..

Yes, that must have been a WOW moment seeing the swath of the Ryan from 35th and State. West Side had the Ike... Needed commodities to open up the flow into and out of the city then, now just as clogged as North Ave, Chicago Ave, Roosevelt Rd used to be in old days..

BK59

Right Klu, when I first started going to the Madhouse the only parking lots were the east and west lots that were fenced in and the lot to the north on Warren Blvd. By the time it closed there were lots for blocks in all directions.

roylestillman
02-19-2012, 07:47 PM
What is even more interesting is that on the 1938 site, move south to the north side of Pershing, west of Wentworth and you will see a horseshoe shaped structure. That is the the old South Side Grounds, the original home of the White Sox. It would burn down on Christmas Day 1940.

LITTLE NELL
02-19-2012, 08:02 PM
What is even more interesting is that on the 1938 site, move south to the north side of Pershing, west of Wentworth and you will see a horseshoe shaped structure. That is the the old South Side Grounds, the original home of the White Sox. It would burn down on Christmas Day 1940.

And to the southwest you can see the Stockyards and the International Amphitheatre. After all these years I will never forget the stench that you could smell at Comiskey from the Stockyards on a hot July night with a gentle summer breeze from the southwest. That along with all the cigar and cigarette smoke was a memory to behold.

Fenway
02-19-2012, 08:19 PM
Shibe Park in Philadelphia was a tight fit

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=8E-06&lat=39.995429813862&lon=-75.165949836373&year=1948

LITTLE NELL
02-19-2012, 08:26 PM
Shibe Park in Philadelphia was a tight fit

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=8E-06&lat=39.995429813862&lon=-75.165949836373&year=1948

Saw a Phillies game there in 1967, what a dump.

Fenway
02-19-2012, 08:28 PM
Saw a Phillies game there in 1967, what a dump.

That was one nasty neighborhood - North Philly is ragged.

Bucky F. Dent
02-19-2012, 08:29 PM
That transition from stadium to parking lot is still painful to see. I loved that old place!

LITTLE NELL
02-19-2012, 08:40 PM
That transition from stadium to parking lot is still painful to see. I loved that old place!

I loved it too and miss it.
It was a real ballpark with no home run porch or wierd angles.
It did have some bad seats down the lines and one would have to stretch their neck to see home plate but there were no better seats in baseball than in the upper deck boxes right below the press box.

October26
02-20-2012, 10:59 AM
Sort of a Google Earth before there were satellites, here are aerial views of Comiskey Park going back to 1938 and continuing after it's gone. It's cool to see the train tracks and Armour Park as a constant presence, and you can see the Dan Ryan being built in the 1962 shot. I still miss the old ballpark.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

Thanks for sharing this interesting link!

That transition from stadium to parking lot is still painful to see. I loved that old place!

I loved it too and miss it.
It was a real ballpark with no home run porch or wierd angles.
It did have some bad seats down the lines and one would have to stretch their neck to see home plate but there were no better seats in baseball than in the upper deck boxes right below the press box.

I will miss Old Comiskey Park for as long as I live. It was my playground, the place where I first learned about baseball and to love the White Sox. I will never forget it. I have visited other parks like Wrigley & Fenway and felt a horrible emptiness inside. I have zero cherished memories associated with those places. I realize I will never be able to feel what I felt while standing inside of Old Comiskey Park. I loved that old park.

I remember that there was a group of Sox fans in the mid 1980's that was trying to rally to save the park. I never knew who they were. Sadly, Comiskey Park was too far gone by then and the age of communication (internet & social media) had not yet arrived.

I have a picture of the last game (I attended the last night game) at Old Comiskey Park on my nightstand. I look at it every night before I go to sleep.

Fenway
02-20-2012, 11:38 AM
Forbes Field
http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

Crosley Field
http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

Municipal Stadium Kansas City
http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

robertks61
02-20-2012, 11:41 AM
Thanks for sharing this interesting link!

I will miss Old Comiskey Park for as long as I live. It was my playground, the place where I first learned about baseball and to love the White Sox. I will never forget it. I have visited other parks like Wrigley & Fenway and felt a horrible emptiness inside. I have zero cherished memories associated with those places. I realize I will never be able to feel what I felt while standing inside of Old Comiskey Park. I loved that old park.



Same here, My Dad took me to games there and I took my son to his first game at Old Comiskey!

Nellie_Fox
02-20-2012, 12:18 PM
I guess I'm pretty much alone in that, while I have great memories of good times at the old park, my memories of the park itself are not so fond. Having to practically sit sideways because there wasn't enough space for my legs (knees jammed against the seat back in front of me.) Being far enough up in the lower deck that the upper deck blocked my view of the scoreboard. Having a pillar block my view. Concourse areas that were dark, damp, and foul smelling, not to mention narrow and crowded. Filthy, crowded bathrooms with the lovely urine troughs. Outfielders splashing through the swamps. No, I don't miss it.

Railsplitter
02-20-2012, 12:36 PM
The most interesting thing about Armour Square Park to me is the fact the trees wern't always there, and how much of the park was bare grass back in the day.

Midway aiprot isn't to bad eaither on the site.

Hitmen77
02-27-2012, 03:38 PM
Sort of a Google Earth before there were satellites, here are aerial views of Comiskey Park going back to 1938 and continuing after it's gone. It's cool to see the train tracks and Armour Park as a constant presence, and you can see the Dan Ryan being built in the 1962 shot. I still miss the old ballpark.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aerials.php?scale=1.1&lat=41.83201&lon=-87.634025&year=

That's a fascinating site. Check out the "Slide" or "Dissolve" feature when you click on the "Compare (Off)" button at the top. It lets you quickly swipe back and forth between two points in time for the same location.

I've been check out how my neighborhood has transformed from farms to development over the decades.

I didn't realize they had complete aerial photos of even the suburban areas going back to the 1930s.

Woofer
02-28-2012, 09:27 PM
That's a fascinating site. Check out the "Slide" or "Dissolve" feature when you click on the "Compare (Off)" button at the top. It lets you quickly swipe back and forth between two points in time for the same location.

I've been check out how my neighborhood has transformed from farms to development over the decades.

I didn't realize they had complete aerial photos of even the suburban areas going back to the 1930s.

Historicaerials is a great site. As a person who loves fishing, metal detecting and looking for other artifacts, and has a keen interest in local history, the site is a valuable tool for me. I have spent many hours playing around on the site comparing current views to years gone by. One of the things that I always find interesting is how common it was to find sandlot baseball fields all over the place. You can find them in any large grassy area if you are zoomed in enough.

EnglishChiSox
02-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium almost opposite on the other side of the river is an interesting comparison