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Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:13 pm

Greetings everyone!

With the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park in April I got to thinking about the other older parks I got to visit with my dad. As a sox fan I like fenway. However to be honest except for the history and nostalgia fenway is out dated when compared with the newer parks like Camden Yards, PNC Park and Target Field. With fenway you have obstructed seats,cramped seats and lack of ammenities found in the newer parks. But at fenway you have the green monster,the "Pesky Pole" and fenway frank!

I was lucky as a kid to travel with my dad a couple times each summer on trips to different cities. So I had the opportunity to visit a few of the old ballparks. My favorite after fenway had to be Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Three decks,ivy on the outfield walls, hand operated scoreboard. Municipal Stadium in Cleveland just because of it's size. I believe the capacity for baseball was 78,000. So some seats were definitely not close to the game. Just a side note on one occasion watched a rain shower come in off the lake and slowly approach our seats giving us time to get undercover! LOL

Regrets never made it to Tiger Stadium, Crosley Field or Comesky Park.

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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:17 pm

Tiger Stadium was great!! I don't know how many games I watched on TV with my Dad in the late sixties/ early seventies. He even took me to a game in July 1968 for my B-Day when they were on their championship run. Great stuff for me as a 10 year old.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:41 pm

Solider Field on Chicago's Lakefront was beautiful until it was disgraced with a huge abomination dropped on top of it. The Chicago Lakefront was further vandalized by their gangster mayor Richard M. Daley with the demolition of Miegs Field.

Does Candlestick Park in San Francisco count as an old ballpark?
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:41 pm

I caught the last Rangers game to be played at old Yankee Stadium. What a great place! Even though the Yanks spanked the Rangers that night, it was a great time. And to see everything I'd grown up watching and be able to relate to different spots on the field from videos I'd seen of the greats who'd played there (DiMaggio's doubles to the gaps, Mick patrolling Center, Reggie's bombs, etc) made it all the more amazing. I got to Fenway last year for the first time and saw the Orioles come back against Bard and Paps. Watching the Ryan Express in Arlington Stadium; Larry Walker, Jim Edmonds and Mark McGwire launching bombs at old Busch. Looking into Wrigley from the "L" station as the Cubs clinched the NL Central and hearing the crowd explode.

When I lived in Brooklyn I'd run around Prospect Park and take detours to the corner of Sullivan and McKeever Place, the former home of Ebbets Field, now home to Jackie Robinson and Ebbets Field schools and a housing project.

And let's not forget some of the nice Spring Training fields too. Mom grew up in Arizona and became a Giants fan: the Giants used to play Spring ball near Casa Grande and mom worked on the field. She'd see Mays and the other Giants greats walking through the clubhouse. In 1989 she took me to where the facility used to be and gave me a tour. The outline of the field was still there and I took off running around the field, going over the same places Mays did. Amazing experience even if the ballfield was rundown and out of use.

Then there are the other old Spring Training sites around Arizona. We'd go watch Ryno and the Cubs take on the Bash Brothers, Rickey Henderson, Dave Stewart and those Oakland A's. Jose Canseco patting me on the shoulder, back when he was one of the coolest players around.

Good times. Great topic. Thanks for bringing it up!

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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:11 pm

I saw the last 3 games at Comesky and on the same trip drove to Brewers Stadium, whatever it was called. I watched them implode the Kingdome,(hardly a classic). I also remember Sick's Stadium where the 1069 Seattle Pilots played. This is the only franchise to move after only one year. I think Dodger Stadium is a classic. Candlestick really became a dump and only the hardiest could get through 9 innings on a May evening.

I have also been to the Field of Dreams in Iowa.
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:13 am

I grew up in Charlotte NC. The Minor League team at the time was the Charlotte O's. Went to a few games at "Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Park".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Knights
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Griffith_Park
http://www.digitalballparks.com/Southern/Crockett.html
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:57 pm

Do old arenas count?
While not the most distinctive and definitely not the oldest, I loved going to Reunion Arena in Dallas. The place was about as utilitarian as one can get--built in the late 1970s, with no luxury boxes or suites, it was a great place to catch a hockey game. The music was loud, the fans were even louder, and the horrible ice gave slow Stars dmen like Derian Hatcher an advantage over smaller and faster players. The place had that unique aroma of stale peanuts, and old beer. The AAC may be nicer, but Reunion was a helluva lot more fun.
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:04 am

I loved the old Arlington Stadium for the Rangers, going to games there with my dad in the early 70s; it was great on a summer night, much better breeze than inside the hot-box that is the Rangers Ballpark now. I even went to see the Dallas-Ft. Worth Spurs play at what was then "Turnpike Stadium."

Quoting us330 (Reply 6):
I loved going to Reunion Arena in Dallas.

The Stars were so strong in Reunion! Great place.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:13 pm

I didnot like any of the late 60'S early 70'S ballparks like Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia,Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh,River Front Stadium in Cincinnati, Busch Stadium St.Louis or RFK in Washington DC! The seats were to far from the field, the artifical turf and lack of character! These stadiums were better for football than baseball. The stadiums from this era I liked were Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Anaheim Stadium before they added seats for the Rams, San Diego Stadium before additional seats added and the Coliseum in Oakland. You could walk up day of the game and get great seats especially after the team was broken up. Only negative to the Coliseum was with the baseball configuration you were sitting far from the field so big foul area.

Never made it to Candlestick before seats were added for the 49ER'S! Wind was bad and even in summer you needed to bring a sweatshirt as it could get cold there. I regret never getting to Dodger Stadium yet.

For minor league parks the best one to date Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo. When I attended a few games there it was known as Pilot Field. A great place to watch a game. Here in New Hampshire if you like a tiny old time stadium although remodeled is Holman Stadium in Nashua, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester home of the New Hampshire Fishercats of the eastern leauge. Great little stadium and good baseball. However as a sox fan I choose to drive the 90 or so minutes to Portland to watch the Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field complete with their" Maine Monster " in left field. The Sea Dogs and city of Portland did a great job when they remodeled the park. Although I donot go as often as I would like McCoy Stadium home of the Pawsox. Good triple a baseball.

As nice as the new TD Boston Garden is I still have fond memories of the Old Boston Garden!

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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:44 pm

I recall going to Candlestick Park on August 13, (Friday) in 1999. Froze. To. Death. Hahaha. My Dad and I literally had to leave at the start of the 6th inning as we got too darn cold lol.


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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:41 pm

As far as old ballparks, how about a little love for the Kingdome? Yeah, the turf was fake and the ceiling tiles threatened to randomly fall on your head, but it was loud and a great place to catch a game when Ken Griffey Jr. was at his best. The optimism in that place when they had Griffey and A Rod was just breaking into the league was infectious. You couldn't help but have fun.

As for arenas, I'm going to go to college basketball for my favorite. The Pit in Albuquerque has great sightlines and doesn't have the corporate feel that so many new arenas have. Also, the sound level is about what I imagine standing inside a jet engine would sound like. Easily the loudest sporting events I've ever attended.

I'd really like to see games at Allen Fieldhouse, Cameron Indoor, and the Palestra. Those all seem like great places to watch a game.

Quoting KAUST (Reply 9):
I recall going to Candlestick Park on August 13, (Friday) in 1999. Froze. To. Death. Hahaha. My Dad and I literally had to leave at the start of the 6th inning as we got too darn cold lol.

The only thing worse than the neighborhood around Candlestick is the weather.

Quoting us330 (Reply 6):
While not the most distinctive and definitely not the oldest, I loved going to Reunion Arena in Dallas. The place was about as utilitarian as one can get--built in the late 1970s, with no luxury boxes or suites, it was a great place to catch a hockey game.

I caught a Stars game at Reunion against the Blackhawks. That place had no charm whatsoever, but it sure was loud and was definitely a good time.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:44 pm

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 10):

As far as old ballparks, how about a little love for the Kingdome? Yeah, the turf was fake and the ceiling tiles threatened to randomly fall on your head, but it was loud and a great place to catch a game when Ken Griffey Jr. was at his best. The optimism in that place when they had Griffey and A Rod was just breaking into the league was infectious. You couldn't help but have fun.

I loved the way it fell when they blew it up.
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:27 pm

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Saw many a Braves game in there. The views from the top tier, though, could be bad. Baseball doesn't need to played in a concrete bowl. It was quite steep too.
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:18 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 11):
I loved the way it fell when they blew it up.

  

Quoting luckyone (Reply 12):

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Saw many a Braves game in there. The views from the top tier, though, could be bad. Baseball doesn't need to played in a concrete bowl. It was quite steep too.

Never made it to the Launch Pad. I've managed to get to Turner Field. It's nice but didn't seem to me to have much character. I guess I figured a remodeled Olympic stadium would have some sort of unique feel, but it felt like a typical post-Camden Yards stadium.
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Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:31 am

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 13):
Never made it to the Launch Pad. I've managed to get to Turner Field. It's nice but didn't seem to me to have much character. I guess I figured a remodeled Olympic stadium would have some sort of unique feel, but it felt like a typical post-Camden Yards stadium.

One of the conditions Atlanta had for the Olympic Stadium was for it to have usefulness after the Olympics. It was designed with baseball use in mind, as Atlanta already had a purpose-built football stadium.
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:00 am

I grew up going to Astros and Oilers games at the Astrodome...first domed stadium. It looks tiny now sitting next to Reliant stadium. It is not really as small as it looks because it is partially sunk into the ground.

It is sad to see that it has turned into a giant rat infested asbestos dump. I wish they would make up there mind what they are going to do with it, or just tear it down. My hope is they finally legalize gambling in Texas and make it into a cool casino....

 
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Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:31 pm

I remember going to see some Indians games at the Cleveland Municipal stadium when I was a kid, had to have been circa 1992-1993. It was dump, but it was huge. I still have pictures from then.
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:43 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 4):
I also remember Sick's Stadium where the 1069 Seattle Pilots played. This is the only franchise to move after only one year.

I've never been a big baseball fan, but living in Seattle I hear this stadium mentioned a lot. And from time to time the Seattle PI will show historical photos of Sick's Stadium. Great looking venue, but given the way the neighborhood has developed I'm glad they moved to SoDo for SafeCo field. You'll probably appreciate these photos from the PI.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog...e-thats-now-a-hardware-store/#80-1

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 10):
As far as old ballparks, how about a little love for the Kingdome? Yeah, the turf was fake and the ceiling tiles threatened to randomly fall on your head, but it was loud and a great place to catch a game when Ken Griffey Jr. was at his best. The optimism in that place when they had Griffey and A Rod was just breaking into the league was infectious. You couldn't help but have fun.

I moved to Seattle a couple years too late to see this stadium. When I got to Seattle they were building SafeCo and had already imploded the 'dome. I never hear people talk about how nice the Kingdome was, only the noise and how great the team was.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 10):
I'd really like to see games at Allen Fieldhouse

I've been to Allen Fieldhouse for a Missouri/Kansas game. I really love old basketball arenas. Even as a Mizzou fan I could appreciate the history there.

The one I really miss is "The Arena" in St. Louis. I saw SLU basketball games there, several Blues hockey games, and a Bruce Springsteen concert. I'll never forget that they blew it up on Valentines Day. Broke my heart.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:34 pm

Quoting georgiabill (Thread starter):
As a sox fan I like fenway. However to be honest except for the history and nostalgia fenway is out dated when compared with the newer parks like Camden Yards, PNC Park and Target Field. With fenway you have obstructed seats,cramped seats and lack of ammenities found in the newer parks. But at fenway you have the green monster,the "Pesky Pole" and fenway frank!

Ah, Fenway. The place has the aroma of a hundred years of spilled hot dog water, and the bathrooms smell of a hundred years of piss. But during a nice spring day or an early summer eve, the cool breezes blow the aromas away and it's a pretty pleasant place to see a game.

At least it doesn't have one of those sell-out names attached to it.

Remember CMGi Field? That's what the Patriots new stadium was named at the peak of the dot com boom. Last time I was there, the CMGi logo was still etched into the glass because it was too expensive to replace it all.
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:26 am

I've actually been very pleased with newer ballparks. Much more efficient and suited to baseball (which, BTW, is meant to be played at a "Field" or "Park", not some oversized enclosed stadium.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 18):

At least it doesn't have one of those sell-out names attached to it.

You mean like Wrigley Field?   

I don't necessarily dislike corporate naming schemes (on newer ballparks, at least), but they have to be... what's the word... like roll off the tongue. My hometown's Chase Field (I liked Bank One Ballpark, or BOB better) doesn't sound as awful as, say, US Cellular Field or AT&T Park.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:39 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 17):
http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog...e-thats-now-a-hardware-store/#80-1

Thanks for that. I also saw the Rainiers and the Angels there.
 
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:02 am

I never even thought about it but we go to 20-30 games a year at a park built in 1942. Home of the San Jose Giants. I like it so much, I am opposed to the Athletics moving here. Winning teams, plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, good food and seats 100 ft from the catcher for $10-20. But we rarely buy tickets, there are so many promotions. Good clean family fun, the way baseball was meant to be. My Filipina wife has become a huge fan.

 
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:33 am

Old Honolulu Stadium, aka The Termite Palace.

http://jalna.blogspot.com/2009/09/more-old-hawaii-photos.html
(Scroll down to the 9th picture)

Lots of history at that multi-purpose stadium. Babe Ruth played there in exhibition games, former home of the Triple A Hawaii Islanders, former home of the University of Hawaii football team, and lots of high school games. They even had horse and car racing in the stadium. I never got to see the stadium in person, as it was torn down 1 year before I was born, but I got to see a lot of it in re-runs of the original Hawaii Five-o.
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:35 am

Quoting georgiabill (Thread starter):

Regrets never made it to Tiger Stadium, Crosley Field or Comesky Park.

Your memories?

Memories I reckon !...............................

I only remember one "old" ballpark.........Crosley Field..... saw my very first major league ball game there, ( 1938 All Star Game ) ( I was all of 6 at the time ). The place was "getting on" even then.......I think it was built way back in 1912 or so.

The very next year,1939, my Dad took me to my first ever World Series game there, Reds VS The Yankees ( First WS for the Reds, but the Yanks won it in a "sweep", 4 to 0 ! Damn ! )
Side Note: Two years before this, was the great 1937 flood. My Dad took us down to Cincy on the old "Traction Car"....(like an inter-city Trolley Car ) to see the big flood; we couldn't go see Crosley Field though..........it was about 25 feet deep at the time ! We stood on top of Mt. Adams, about 3-400 ft above the Ohio River and watched literally hundreds of houses being swept down the river by the flood. ( Never forget that memory ! )

During the 50's and 60's if I had a $100 for every homer I watched Ted Kluszewski and Frankie Robinson smack out of there I'd be rich now !
In 1970, we went to see the Reds play the Cubs, got to see the great Hank Aaron "park" one on top of the laundry across the street ! The Reds lost that one, but hey...........just to SEE Hank Aaron play ball........and knock one OUT......what a memory...........you know, there have been countless great baseball players, but in my mind, Hank Aaron just kind stands OUT from all the rest; great ball player, FANTASTIC human being !

Saw a lot of baseball action at Crosley Field ! Only had to drive 30 miles to get there; but all great things come to an end............place was just getting too old, too small, finally had to build River Front Stadium in 1970;


Remember 1975......"The Big Red Machine" ! Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, George Foster, Ken Griffey, Joe Morgan, Cesar Geronimo, Davy Concepcion..........just the greatest baseball team the world has ever seen.............ended the season 108-54, took on the Red Sox ( 95-65 ) in the World Series, beat 'em 4 to 3 !

I saw 3 of those at River Front; I think I only saw a couple dozen games at RF before they tore it down.
Nowadays, you go see the Reds, you see them in the most gorgeous ball park on the planet.......Great American Ball Park; so far, I've seen exactly 1 game there ! ( Gotta drive 200 miles to get there now ! )
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:04 am

Quoting georgiabill (Reply 8):
I didnot like any of the late 60'S early 70'S ballparks like Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia,Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh,River Front Stadium in Cincinnati, Busch Stadium St.Louis or RFK in Washington DC! The seats were to far from the field, the artifical turf and lack of character! These stadiums were better for football than baseball. The stadiums from this era I liked were Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Anaheim Stadium before they added seats for the Rams, San Diego Stadium before additional seats added and the Coliseum in Oakland. You could walk up day of the game and get great seats especially after the team was broken up. Only negative to the Coliseum was with the baseball configuration you were sitting far from the field so big foul area.

The Vet and Three Rivers Stadium wasn't as bad as some of the other "multi-purpose" stadiums when it came to viewership. They were developed to save money and real estate, for which during the 70s were of a primary concern in sharing the costs of operating them. The worst stadiums for distance(for football) was Cleveland Municipal Stadium(The mistake by the lake) and Milwaukee County Stadium. The fields was oddly shaped that seats on the sidelines were 30-40 from the bench areas. The best seats were at the end-zones. Those types of messes, contributed to fan frustration when it came time to buy season tickets. For the Packer fans, Green Bay only played a few "home" games a season there, but for Browns' fans, they were stuck with that ancient eye-sore until Modell moved the team to BAL. The place was so inefficient, that in really cold weather, the water didn't work half the time, as the Raiders remarked when they played the Browns in the 1980 divisional playoff game. They were heard saying that they believed CLE coach Sam Rutigliano purposely had the water turned off for that game, which he flatly denied, but that was the lore surrounding that game.

The Vet was just bad all-around, and opposing teams complained about it since it was built. It had large seams in the turf, which the Eagles, year over year neglected to address(cus it worked their advantage). The surface was so hard, that even through the 1980s, when most players ditched girdle-padding for the hips, they would wear them specifically when playing at the Vet because it was so hard. The Eagles and other players, into the 90s continued to have the highest number of foot, ankle, hip and shoulder injuries than when playing in any other stadium. I don't think anyone was sad to see the Vet implode
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:31 pm

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 19):
Quoting Revelation (Reply 18):

At least it doesn't have one of those sell-out names attached to it.

You mean like Wrigley Field?

LOL!

Well, at least Wrigley owned the team!

Quoting mham001 (Reply 21):
I never even thought about it but we go to 20-30 games a year at a park built in 1942. Home of the San Jose Giants. I like it so much, I am opposed to the Athletics moving here. Winning teams, plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, good food and seats 100 ft from the catcher for $10-20. But we rarely buy tickets, there are so many promotions. Good clean family fun, the way baseball was meant to be. My Filipina wife has become a huge fan.

  

We had a similar set-up in my home town, built in the Depression by the WPA. Lots of good clean fun!

Well, they did have "quarter beer night" back in the late 70s, which did not bring out the wholesome crowd. Later on when I was of age, me and my college buddies would go. We fantasized that once we had graduated and had jobs, we could buy the entire stadium a round of beers for less than $100! And we figured that for courtesy's sake most of the crowd would buy us a beer in return! Alas, we never did do that. However we did do the "stumbling tour" of my home town. We found a walking route that would take us past most of the bars in town, 13 in all. Our goal was to stop and have a beer in each one. We were pretty toasted after the 13th. Unfortunately we had no plan for getting back home other than walking, and by the time we made it back we were sober again!
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:01 am

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 19):
I don't necessarily dislike corporate naming schemes (on newer ballparks, at least), but they have to be... what's the word... like roll off the tongue. My hometown's Chase Field (I liked Bank One Ballpark, or BOB better) doesn't sound as awful as, say, US Cellular Field or AT&T Park.

I didn't have time to read all the posts before I wrote mine; as for "Corporate naming schemes"...................come to Indianapolis next Sunday, and if you have a few "extra thousands" in your pocket, you can watch this years Super Bowl in...

"The Lucas Oil Stadium" ( really "slides" off the old tongue don't you think ? )


Compared to that, I think the people of Cincinnati were pretty fortunate to get the "Paul Brown Stadium" for pro football, and the "Great American Ball Park" for ML baseball.

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:01 pm

Quoting geezer (Reply 26):
Compared to that, I think the people of Cincinnati were pretty fortunate to get the..."Great American Ball Park" for ML baseball.

They were fortunate that a company named Great American Insurance bought the naming rights, or it could have had a convoluted name as well.

I've had the opportunity to watch baseball games at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field in the past. The game at Wrigley was memorable for me. I was working for Newsday, the Long Island newspaper at the time, and there was a big ad agency in the Chicago area that handled a number of our accounts. We took about 40 people from the agency to a game one miserably hot Sunday afternoon - 100F+ that day - to watch "our" Mets play "their" Cubs, sitting in the bleacher area under the centerfield scoreboard. The Mets hit two grand slams in one inning to put a ten-spot on the scoreboard and win the game.

And while many people complained about it, I'll miss Shea Stadium. It was the site of the first baseball game I attended, my dad taking me to see the Mets for my birthday in June 1969, back when I was just a little Moose. Lived through the 1969 Miracle Mets, and many more games after that. Citi Field is nice, but I still miss Shea.
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Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:50 pm

Quoting moose135 (Reply 27):
Lived through the 1969 Miracle Mets, and many more games after that. Citi Field is nice, but I still miss Shea.

I never made it to Shea, but will never forget TV broadcasts with Lindsey Nelson's funky suits and ties, and hearing the screaming JT3Ds and JT8Ds of the era pulling out from nearby LGA.

I did make it to Yankee Stadium MkII i.e. the 70's makeover of the original. As a Red Sox fan, I have to say that it was one impressive site. The arches at mezzanine level, the monuments in center field, the history of the place, wow! Me and my friend made that trip ourselves as teenagers in the 70s. We got a ride to the bus station in central CT, we got off at the Port Authority, took the subway over to the Bronx, had lunch (reuben sandwich!) at a restaurant loaded with memorabilia across the street from the stadium, went to the game, did the reverse going home. No sane parent would let a kid do that. I have no idea how we got away with it. We must have told them we were going with a big group.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:04 pm

Anyone else ever go to Jerry Park in Montreal? A minor league park that was expanded for the Expos until they were able to relocate to Olympic Stadium. Good place to watch a game. Nite games in April and May you needed to have warm clothing as it could get cold! That being said I still prefered Jerry Park over Olympic Stadium. Baseball should be played outdoors and with natural grass not in a dome, with artifical turf!

Just my two cents!

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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:01 am

Quoting mham001 (Reply 4):
1069 Seattle Pilots

1969.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 10):
Yeah, the turf was fake

It was to have astroturf all along. There was never a time to where they were going to install real grass.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 10):
and the ceiling tiles threatened to randomly fall on your head

Randomly? No. Like 4-7 tiles fell and that was it. After they fell, the King County Authorities then ripped all the tiles off and they sprayed the ceiling with some gray funky stuff. Two years later, IIRC, they decided to implode the Kingdome. What a waste of taxpayer money. To this day, we are still paying for the Kingdome. Pathetic.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 17):
I'm glad they moved to SoDo for SafeCo field.

Huh? Safeco was built only a block south of the Kingdome. CenturyLink Field is currently where the Kingdome originally sat. It was always in or near SODO.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 17):
I never hear people talk about how nice the Kingdome was, only the noise and how great the team was.

I loved the Kingdome. I grew up with the place. I thought it was a great venue.

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 19):
I don't necessarily dislike corporate naming schemes

I hate them, but that is the norm these days. Safeco Field was supposed to be named "New Century Park" from what I understand to reflect the change from the 20th century into the 21st century.

At least Fenway Park (Boston) is not a corporate name.... or is it?

Quoting geezer (Reply 26):
"The Lucas Oil Stadium" ( really "slides" off the old tongue don't you think ? )

It makes me think of the Disney flick "Cars". LOL!
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:47 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 30):
Huh? Safeco was built only a block south of the Kingdome. CenturyLink Field is currently where the Kingdome originally sat. It was always in or near SODO.

Yes, but we were talking about Sick's Stadium, which was not located in SoDo.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:47 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 30):
It was to have astroturf all along. There was never a time to where they were going to install real grass.

I never implied that they intended to install grass. There's something about baseball on real grass that just feels right, so the astroturf was a negative to all the stadiums that had it, whether indoor or outdoor. Still, while the Kingdome wasn't the nicest stadium, it had great energy and was a fun place to watch a game.
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:08 pm

Did anyone catch a Rockies game at Mile High Stadium? If you liked scoring it was a stadium to catch a game! I wish I had made it to Mile High before they moved to Coors Field!
 
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RE: Remembering The Old Ballparks

Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:15 pm

I only got to watch a few tv games from Sick's Stadium. Including a sunday afternoon game Pilots vs the Red Sox which might have been the longest major league game played at Sick's! If I remember correctly it was 16 innings and I can't remember who won. Reminded me a bit of Fenway Park, without the wall! I believe at one time Seattle was the triple A team for the Red Sox. I believe Dick Williams was manager there.

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