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Trav
11-21-2005, 11:19 AM
There is a stadium at Naval Station Norfolk that was built in 1913. During the war guys like Bob Feller and Pee Wee Reese played for the All-Navy team on that field. The field is still standing but the old dugouts have been bricked up as well as the clubhouses. The good thing is that there is an entrance that you can crawl down into to explore this historic place. There is an old home plate that was down in this area and I was wondering how to determine the age. I was hoping to determine that it was the original plate or at least one from the 1940's. Any suggestions? Also, does anyone know of other old minor league parks or parks that are not in use anymore but are still standing?

zmz723
11-22-2005, 10:44 AM
if you want to find the age of something, this probably isnt the best place to look :smile:

Norberto7
11-22-2005, 03:37 PM
Also, does anyone know of other old minor league parks or parks that are not in use anymore but are still standing?

Tiger Stadium.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=52766&highlight=tiger+stadium

SaltyPretzel
11-22-2005, 04:22 PM
The box office and part of the outside wall and grandstand of League Park in Cleveland are still standing. My dad and I checked it out a few years ago.

Chips
11-22-2005, 11:32 PM
Also, does anyone know of other old minor league parks or parks that are not in use anymore but are still standing?

Not exactly, but I do know of a basefield field up in Northern Wisconsin, somewhere between Crivitz and Riverview, that was scheduled to open in 1986. But the field was never completed and the backstop still stands as does a sign in front of the backstop that says "XXXXXX Field: OPENING SPRING 1986." It's really not a baseball field, just a backstop in a field of weeds. That does not help at all. Oh well.

Trav
11-23-2005, 10:31 AM
The box office and part of the outside wall and grandstand of League Park in Cleveland are still standing. My dad and I checked it out a few years ago.

Thanks for that information. I knew that Tiger Stadium was still standing. I am not sure if it is being used for anything because of the state of the structure but how cool would it be for high schoolers to play the state tourney there?

I have had this weird fascination with old parks for a little while now. Anyone know of any old minor league parks? Did any of the Negro League teams have their own park?

zmz723
11-23-2005, 11:21 AM
Here is a book I got on amazon. it has every ballpark presently and a ton of old ones.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579121128/002-1273946-5421665?v=glance&n=283155&s=books&v=glance

the only problem is that it is a little old (2000) so you dont really have the new ones.

dcb33
11-23-2005, 11:22 AM
Thanks for that information. I knew that Tiger Stadium was still standing. I am not sure if it is being used for anything because of the state of the structure but how cool would it be for high schoolers to play the state tourney there?

I have had this weird fascination with old parks for a little while now. Anyone know of any old minor league parks? Did any of the Negro League teams have their own park?

Tiger Stadium is completely abandonned and will likely remain so as the cost of renovating the stadium and maintaining it once it became operational are beyond prohibitive.

The folks who run this site took a tour of Tiger Stadium a couple years ago and posted some pics on their website:
http://www.digitalballparks.com/Tiger.html

SaltyPretzel
11-23-2005, 11:42 AM
You might find this interesting:

http://www.ballparkwatch.com/features/endangered_ballparks.htm

Trav
11-28-2005, 09:00 AM
Salty, Thanks for the link. That is a really great site.