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SaltyPretzel
07-01-2015, 03:27 PM
http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/images/comiskey13951.jpg

LITTLE NELL
07-01-2015, 03:50 PM
Would have been 105 years old.
So many wonderful memories for me. On July 15th it will be 60 years since I saw my first game at Old Comiskey as we beat the old Washington Senators 5-4.

cards press box
07-01-2015, 04:35 PM
The Baseball Palace of the World!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/phil62/baseball%20site/Comiskey_1967.jpg (http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.baseball-fever.com%2Farchive%2Findex.php%2Ft-33270.html&ei=Cl2UVbXdFMGmsQWY8oLYDQ&bvm=bv.96952980,d.b2w&psig=AFQjCNE-pRlck5V-B98t_a6WM8FdoXpTKA&ust=1435872894572224)

Have to admit that I miss it!

roylestillman
07-01-2015, 04:44 PM
The Baseball Palace of the World!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/phil62/baseball%20site/Comiskey_1967.jpg (http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.baseball-fever.com%2Farchive%2Findex.php%2Ft-33270.html&ei=Cl2UVbXdFMGmsQWY8oLYDQ&bvm=bv.96952980,d.b2w&psig=AFQjCNE-pRlck5V-B98t_a6WM8FdoXpTKA&ust=1435872894572224)

Have to admit that I miss it!
Add the pinwheels, have that entire board as one big video board that can display that look, and replicate the clock. That would look great in Center Field at The Cell.

I was at the old place 25 years ago today to see the Andy Hawkins no-hitter.

Maximo
07-01-2015, 04:56 PM
The Baseball Palace of the World!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/phil62/baseball%20site/Comiskey_1967.jpg (http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.baseball-fever.com%2Farchive%2Findex.php%2Ft-33270.html&ei=Cl2UVbXdFMGmsQWY8oLYDQ&bvm=bv.96952980,d.b2w&psig=AFQjCNE-pRlck5V-B98t_a6WM8FdoXpTKA&ust=1435872894572224)

Have to admit that I miss it!

What a great photo! Looks like 1964 or 1965. That's Jim Kaat, who later threw for the White Sox, pitching to Pete Ward. Twins were the best hitting team in the American League back then, while the Sox had the best pitching staff in the league.

Great memories.

LITTLE NELL
07-01-2015, 05:07 PM
What a great photo! Looks like 1964 or 1965. That's Jim Kaat, who later threw for the White Sox, pitching to Pete Ward. Twins were the best hitting team in the American League back then, while the Sox had the best pitching staff in the league.

Great memories.

The photo with Ward and Kaat is from 1967, look on the scoreboard and you can see the sign touting that the Sox will be on WFLD TV next year, Sox last year with WGN was 1967 and they moved to the UHF channel in 1968. Another great move by the Sox leaving WGN and going to a UHF station when 95% of the TVs in the metro area did not have UHF.

white sox bill
07-01-2015, 05:24 PM
The photo with Ward and Kaat is from 1967, look on the scoreboard and you can see the sign touting that the Sox will be on WFLD TV next year, Sox last year with WGN was 1967 and they moved to the UHF channel in 1968. Another great move by the Sox leaving WGN and going to a UHF station when 95% of the TVs did not have UHF.

The ineptitude of this organization goes back many generations, like in the 80's when they threw Sportvision on people when only a very small % of Chicagoland was even wired for it. More marketing gaffes by the King of gaffes.

I'm 55, maybe not as aged as some here, but I loved that old park. I know its time had come but sure do miss it. Had many great memories there, the place just reeked baseball. I like the amenities the new parks have, including our own, but many seem so antiseptic.

KingXerxes
07-01-2015, 06:04 PM
Would have been 105 years old.
So many wonderful memories for me. On July 15th it will be 60 years since I saw my first game at Old Comiskey as we beat the old Washington Senators 5-4.

Little Nell - My first White Sox games were a double header against Washington, but they were the 2nd generation Senators.

:farmer

"So the two of you saw Minnesota and Texas?"

LITTLE NELL
07-01-2015, 07:13 PM
Little Nell - My first White Sox games were a double header against Washington, but they were the 2nd generation Senators.

:farmer
J
"So the two of you saw Minnesota and Texas?"

That's correct, original Senators moved to Minny in 1961
Expansion Senators moved to Texas in 1972.

tebman
07-01-2015, 10:01 PM
The Baseball Palace of the World!

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/phil62/baseball%20site/Comiskey_1967.jpg (http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.baseball-fever.com%2Farchive%2Findex.php%2Ft-33270.html&ei=Cl2UVbXdFMGmsQWY8oLYDQ&bvm=bv.96952980,d.b2w&psig=AFQjCNE-pRlck5V-B98t_a6WM8FdoXpTKA&ust=1435872894572224)

Have to admit that I miss it!

Roger Angell in 1990 described old Comiskey Park's "strong flavor" as "part settlement house, part gazebo," and that's as good a description as any. To me it was a kid's huge playhouse, with its catacombs, dark passages, and hidden corners. I loved the old joint and I also knew that its time was up when it was announced that it was being replaced. It was a dear old friend who was dying a natural death.

It had its own sound. Acoustic experts could explain it better, but it had a peculiar "whoomp" when a crowd had an excited reaction. I'd guess it had to do with the wraparound upper deck containing the sound on its hard surfaces, but whatever the reason the place rocked like no other during times like 1977 or the 1983 pennant race.

I don't miss the obstructed seats, the narrow ramps, or the low ceilings. What I do miss is the corner-saloon quality that made me feel like I knew everybody there. I was able to go to the first game in New Comiskey Park and felt better after Detroit scored 10 runs in the fourth; a sarcastic cheer went up after the third out, and I realized that even if the old ballpark was gone, the same wonderfully cranky bunch I knew from across the street were still there.

DumpJerry
07-01-2015, 11:34 PM
Miss the place.

My four years of high school coincided with the four years Veeck owned the team. The place was my summer home-I spent more time there than at my real home. Veeck never sold tickets for the right field upper deck reserved grandstand (in front of the white line on the seats about 10 rows back). We always sat up there in the front row with our general admission tickets. That is where I was on Disco Demolition....

StillMissOzzie
07-02-2015, 01:28 AM
Would have been 105 years old.
So many wonderful memories for me. On July 15th it will be 60 years since I saw my first game at Old Comiskey as we beat the old Washington Senators 5-4.

And, the 25th anniversary of the no-hitter that never was, when Andy Hawkins and the Yankees lost to the Sox 4 - 0 (IIRC) when the Sox got no hits. Hawkins' no-hitter was later wiped out since he only went 8 innings.

SMO
:D::gulp:

Max Power
07-02-2015, 10:15 AM
Great place. I"m not old enough to have gone to a lot of games there, but I feel fortunate to have gone to a few. It was definitely a large factor in me choosing the Sox over the Cubs as my team.

harwar
07-02-2015, 11:29 AM
Some of my earliest memories are of being at Comiskey with my dad and his brothers .. when they got together the talk was always of Korea, but not at the ballpark .. another reason i loved going there .. at 14 i went on my first date there and paid in 50 cent pieces .. memories come flooding back while writing this .. what a great park it was .. when i was older, we used to ride our bikes to the games .. i was one of the few that went to a lot of games in the late 60's - early 70's .. some games the park was almost empty, and i remember what a shock it was to see the place full during an exhibition game..