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Ltlabner
04-21-2008, 07:48 AM
With the exception of Yankee, Wrigley and Fenway, what are the oldest ballparks you've seen a game in?

I am sad to say I can only count Riverfront and 3 Rivers Stadium as the "oldest" ballparks I've been to (although have been to Fenway).

My father has been to games at Ebits field, The Polo Grounds and I'm sure several other contemporary ballparks.

Yachtzee
04-21-2008, 07:53 AM
Tigers Stadium

RedsBaron
04-21-2008, 07:59 AM
Crosley Field for me.
Anyone been to Palace of the Fans?

paintmered
04-21-2008, 08:04 AM
Anyone been to Palace of the Fans?

RFS? :D

membengal
04-21-2008, 08:05 AM
Saw many games at Tiger Stadium before it went away. Saw one game at old Memorial (?) in Cleveland before Jacobs field.

RFS62
04-21-2008, 08:09 AM
Crosley Field for me.
Anyone been to Palace of the Fans?


RFS? :D



Wow. Sure never saw that one coming.

:mooner:

dabvu2498
04-21-2008, 08:09 AM
Tiger Stadium

SunDeck
04-21-2008, 08:17 AM
Crosley and Tiger Stadium. Don't know which was older.

919191
04-21-2008, 08:22 AM
Tiger Stadium. I mae sure to go to a couple of games there the last year it was in use.

OldRightHander
04-21-2008, 08:27 AM
Several at Tiger Stadium. That place had its own special "charm."

smith288
04-21-2008, 08:38 AM
Riverfront in 1993 i think it was.

cumberlandreds
04-21-2008, 08:43 AM
RFK in DC

oneupper
04-21-2008, 08:46 AM
Veteran's Stadium. Hiram Bithorn (Puerto Rico).

OLD Yankee Stadium (pre-1975 renovation). Place was a dump.

dabvu2498
04-21-2008, 08:46 AM
Tiger Stadium

Correction on this... Actually Rickwood Field in Birmingham.

Built 2 years before Tiger.

http://www.rickwood.com/

redsmetz
04-21-2008, 09:04 AM
Crosley Field for me, making it to the last game in 1970. My wife has me beat though - she recalls going to a game at old Busch Stadium (old Sportsman Park) built in 1909.

Cyclone792
04-21-2008, 09:08 AM
Oldest = Tiger Stadium
2nd Oldest = The toilet known as Wrigley Field

Newest = Citizen's Bank Park
2nd Newest = GABP

cumberlandreds
04-21-2008, 09:09 AM
RFK in DC

If we are talking all fields then it would be Howard Johnson Field in Johnson City, TN. It was opened in 1956. Johnson City has been the Rookie League team for the Cardinals in the Appalachian League for many years.

Roy Tucker
04-21-2008, 09:19 AM
McCormick Field in Asheville NC. Great little minor league ballpark. Built in the 20's I think.

When our kids were little, we went to Myrtle Beach a lot and Asheville was the 2/3 way overnight stay point. We went to the ballgame there just on a lark to spend some time outside of the hotel room and had a great time. We've been back 2-3 times on subsequent trips. I think they filmed part of Bull Durham there.

Chip R
04-21-2008, 09:21 AM
Shea Stadium

Always Red
04-21-2008, 09:37 AM
Old Comiskey (1910)
Crosley (1912)

This is a pretty cool site about all types of ballparks:

http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/index.htm

FWIW, Wrigley was opened in 1914, Yankee Stadium 1923-1973, and then 1976-present, and Fenway opened in 1912.

Crosley was known as Redland Field from 1912-1934.

Unassisted
04-21-2008, 09:40 AM
Since Wrigley doesn't count, I watched the Syracuse Chiefs play at MacArthur Stadium, which opened in 19 and 34.

westofyou
04-21-2008, 09:42 AM
Old Comisky - 1 game
Tiger Stadium - More than I can count including Playoffs and AS Game.

westofyou
04-21-2008, 09:43 AM
Crosley was known as Redland Field from 1912-1934.

When Crosley renamed the field after himself GM MacPhail was not happy about it, though he himself was a newbie to the game he felt Crosley was too new to slap his name on it.

But then again.. Larry wasn't selling stuff with the name Crosley on it either.

PuffyPig
04-21-2008, 09:44 AM
Jarry Park In Montreal, rebuilt for baseball in 1969, beating out Riverfront by one year.

Though I've seen games in both Wrigley and Fenway.

Always Red
04-21-2008, 09:49 AM
But then again.. Larry wasn't selling stuff with the name Crosley on it either.

Yes, Powell Crosley was an extraordinary marketeer (one reason that the Reds were the first in the major leagues to try night baseball). There is some thought that he bought the Reds when he did solely to make it easier to continue to increase the name recognition "Crosley," as at that point in time, the Crosley Corporation was a major national company, selling mostly radios and refrigerators at that point.

westofyou
04-21-2008, 09:52 AM
PGE Park here in town AKA Civic Stadium, originally Multnomah Stadium, opened in 1926, Home of the Beavers.

westofyou
04-21-2008, 09:53 AM
Yes, Powell Crosley was an extraordinary marketeer (one reason that the Reds were the first in the major leagues to try night baseball). There is some thought that he bought the Reds when he did solely to make it easier to continue to increase the name recognition "Crosley," as at that point in time, the Crosley Corporation was a major national company, selling mostly radios and refrigerators at that point.
He also owned stake in a glass making company... that made the lights for the stadium..

I picked up a Crosley Radio about 5 years ago, it's wood.. and does not work.. looks great on the mantle next to my vintage fielders glove.

nate
04-21-2008, 09:57 AM
Dodger Stadium.

westofyou
04-21-2008, 10:01 AM
Here's another one

Evans Diamond in Berkeley, California. It is the home field of the University of California Golden Bears college baseball teams. The stadium holds 2,500 people and opened in 1933.

George Anderson
04-21-2008, 10:10 AM
I went to old Commiskey the last year that it closed and it really was a miserable experience. People at the turn of the century were alot smaller than they are today so the seats weren't built for todays larger people. I am only like 6'-0" tall but the seat in front of me was so close that I had to sit sideways.


Plus it didnt help that it was almost 100 degrees out and i was horribly hungover from the night before.:p:

Joseph
04-21-2008, 10:11 AM
Dodger Stadium. It was gorgeous.

*BaseClogger*
04-21-2008, 10:15 AM
Tiger Stadium. I miss that old place...

George Anderson
04-21-2008, 10:17 AM
Tiger Stadium. I miss that old place...

I agree, of all the stadiums I have been to for some reason that was my fav.

15fan
04-21-2008, 10:18 AM
Most parks I've been to fit the "old" category. As in really old.

Fenway, Yankee, Wrigley, Tiger, and Cleveland Municipal.

Also saw games in the old Durham Athletic Park and Greensboro War Memorial Coliseum.

I've also been to the Colosseum in Rome.

But there weren't any games (or even mock naval battles) that day...

gonelong
04-21-2008, 10:21 AM
The Toledo Mudhens used to play in Ned Skeldon Stadium, which prior to 1965, was the racetrack of the Lucas County fairgrounds (a.k.a. Fort Miami Fairgrounds) which opened in 1902.

I saw a game there in the late 80's.

GL

smith288
04-21-2008, 10:23 AM
If we are talking outside MLB, then Cooper Stadium, built in 1931.

Unassisted
04-21-2008, 10:27 AM
If we are talking outside MLB, then Cooper Stadium, built in 1931.I didn't realize Cooper Stadium was that old. I've watched football and baseball games there. I sat in the dugout while my high school baseball team played a playoff game there. :thumbup:

westofyou
04-21-2008, 10:28 AM
I didn't realize Cooper Stadium was that old. I've watched several games there. I sat in the dugout while my high school team played a playoff game there. :thumbup:

Larry MacPhail was the driving force behind the building of Cooper and his success up there was the sole reason he got the Reds GM job.

RedlegJake
04-21-2008, 11:54 AM
Connie Mack, Crosley, Municipal in Cleveland, Tigers. This thread made me think how many parks I've been too (as an airline employee travel was always free) that no longer exist and how many new ones I haven't seen (including GAB, which I hope to rectify this summer). Literally a new world taking place of my old memories.

pedro
04-21-2008, 11:56 AM
Comiskey Park. 1910

vaticanplum
04-21-2008, 08:34 PM
Off-topic somewhat, but I went to dinner last year at a place very close to Tiger Stadium. It was palpably eerie. Earlier that day I went to a game at the beautiful shiny new Comerica Park, but when we drove to dinner it was dark out and there was the old stadium looming up in the night with the great big familiar D on the side. I think they've tried to build that neighborhood up (hence the trendy restaurant) but they've not been very successful, so there's not much around, and even from the outside you can see how much the stadium is decaying. It's unbelievable to me that they haven't managed to do anything with it. Some guys I was with had actually done some work there a few years ago and they said that at that time there was talk of even turning it into apartments or something. Now, you can see the weeds growing out of the cracks -- I don't know this for sure but it doesn't look like it's been maintained at all. I can't imagine what's living inside. It was very sad and a little bit scary, that something that massive and historic can be so ignored as to fall apart THAT fast.

*BaseClogger*
04-21-2008, 10:08 PM
Off-topic somewhat, but I went to dinner last year at a place very close to Tiger Stadium. It was palpably eerie. Earlier that day I went to a game at the beautiful shiny new Comerica Park, but when we drove to dinner it was dark out and there was the old stadium looming up in the night with the great big familiar D on the side. I think they've tried to build that neighborhood up (hence the trendy restaurant) but they've not been very successful, so there's not much around, and even from the outside you can see how much the stadium is decaying. It's unbelievable to me that they haven't managed to do anything with it. Some guys I was with had actually done some work there a few years ago and they said that at that time there was talk of even turning it into apartments or something. Now, you can see the weeds growing out of the cracks -- I don't know this for sure but it doesn't look like it's been maintained at all. I can't imagine what's living inside. It was very sad and a little bit scary, that something that massive and historic can be so ignored as to fall apart THAT fast.

There have been many proposals to demolish it, which have been met with a protest full of public support. Detroit just doesn't have the tax money to keep the structure maintained. They have tried very hard to build up the area around Comerica and Ford Field, but the streets around Tiger are basically deserted...

Far East
04-21-2008, 11:30 PM
Cleveland's Municipal Stadium - Built 1931
Cincinnati's Crosley Field - Built 1912
Pittsburgh's Forbes Field - Built 1909

HokieRed
04-21-2008, 11:43 PM
Crosley Field, first time I was there that I remember was 1955.

reds44
04-21-2008, 11:51 PM
FTR, I've been to Wrigley, Fenway, and Yankee Stadium.

Milwaukee County Stadium--1953
RFK--1961
Busch Stadium--1966
Riverfront--1970

Rojo
04-22-2008, 12:16 AM
Connie Mack, Crosley, Municipal in Cleveland, Tigers. This thread made me think how many parks I've been too (as an airline employee travel was always free) that no longer exist and how many new ones I haven't seen (including GAB, which I hope to rectify this summer). Literally a new world taking place of my old memories.

Same thought. Riverfront, of course, but also Tiger, Fulton County, Memorial, Candlestick, Jack Murphy, Astrodome.

Big Klu
04-22-2008, 12:27 AM
Tiger Stadium is the oldest for me, too.

GradyHatton
04-22-2008, 01:37 PM
Crosley Field - My first game as a 7 year old in 1946

Old Comiskey - On a USO freebie in 1957

L.A. Coliseum - Got to see a "Moon (Wally) Shot" in (I believe) 1958

Hooligan
04-22-2008, 05:33 PM
I've seen games in old Tiger Stadium and old Comiskey.

Coffeybro
04-22-2008, 09:20 PM
Wrigley and Yankee stadiums for MLB.
Minor League: Ernie Shore Field built in 1956 and still used by the Winston Salem Warthogs of the Carolina league.

deltachi8
04-22-2008, 09:45 PM
Silver Stadium (Rochester, NY) in the minors

http://www.frontiernet.net/~rochballparks2/rochester/92p_thirdandbleachers96.jpg

Spitball
04-22-2008, 11:20 PM
Crosley Field would be the oldest since it opened almost two weeks before Fenway Park.

toledodan
04-22-2008, 11:29 PM
tiger stadium, cleveland municiple and of course wrigley.

mth123
04-23-2008, 04:24 AM
Crosley field. Tiger Stadium (worst place to watch a game I've ever been).

Minor Leagues: Bush Stadium in Indianapolis (1931)