By Chris Epting
Baseball's lengthy and storied heritage in l. a. has been performed at venues together with the turn-of-the-century Chutes Park, which used to be a part of an entertainment park, in addition to Gilmore box, the place the Hollywood Stars performed, and Wrigley box, the place many videos and tv indicates have been filmed. The 1923-vintage l. a. Memorial Coliseum turned the Dodgers' first domestic in California in 1958, once they moved from Brooklyn. better la additionally featured expert baseball at Olive Memorial Stadium in Burbank, Brookside Park in Pasadena, on Catalina Island, plus at a number of diamonds all through Orange and Riverside Counties, the place legends together with Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Connie Mack seemed. so much fanatics recognize Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium, yet many different ancient ballparks existed in Southern California. Their photos are gathered jointly right here for the 1st time.
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Washington Park remained in use in the course of the finish of the 1925 season. Washington Park is obvious round 1911. The picture’s photonegative sleeve reads, “City Park. Chutes Park, adjoined, used to be privately owned. ” Thirty-eighth road and Santa Fe road in Vernon used to be domestic of the short-lived Maier Park (also often called “Vernon Park”) the place the Vernon Tigers baseball crew performed till 1920, ahead of relocating over to Washington Park. (In among, the staff spent a while enjoying in Venice, too). This picture is of a 1911 boxing fit held at Maier Park among advert Wolgast and Joe Rivers. Wolgast prevailed. inbuilt 1947, Olive Memorial Baseball Stadium in Burbank was once situated at Olive street Park. In 1949, town of Burbank entered right into a agreement with the St. Louis Browns to be used of the Olive street Memorial Stadium as a spring education headquarters. The St. Louis Browns opened spring education there in March 1949. The Browns performed 9 exhibition video games, together with video games opposed to the 1948 international Champion Cleveland Indians. As many as 32,000 spectators attended the Browns video games and perform classes. The St. Louis Browns got here to be often called the “Burbank Browns. ” every one Sunday afternoon, the Burbank Browns performed semiprofessional groups on the Olive street Memorial Stadium. The Browns performed right here till 1952. the picture lower than indicates how the skin of Olive Memorial appeared in 1994, now not lengthy ahead of it was once torn down. the writer is obvious traveling Olive Memorial presently ahead of it used to be razed within the mid-1990s. The author’s son, Charlie, “runs” to first base at Olive Memorial Stadium. A part of the 2001 show hosted through The Baseball Reliquary is visible at left. The view from domestic plate at Olive Memorial, lower than, appeared off towards the San Gabriel Mountains. The grandstand at Olive Memorial appeared like this (above) simply days ahead of it used to be razed. one of many plaques affixed to the outer stadium wall at Olive Memorial Stadium is visible at correct. This landscape of Olive Memorial used to be shot at the day the stadium was once destroyed. many of the Olive Memorial artifacts from a 2001 exhibit are obvious the following. the outside of the Olive Memorial Stadium grandstand is proven at the day that it used to be razed within the mid-1990s. In 1912, town of Pasadena obtained land for a small park within the arroyo. the positioning used to be initially often called the Sheep Corral Springs, as sheep from the San Gabriel undertaking as soon as grazed there. In 1914, Brookside Park used to be equipped the following, within the shadow of the Rose Bowl. Six years later, town employed architect Dorothy Schindler to layout an amphitheater (Brookside Theater) at the hillside south of the Brookside Plunge. In 1932, Myron Hunt designed the stadium, dugouts, and adjacent clubhouse at Brookside Park Baseball box (later renamed Jackie Robinson Memorial Field). The Chicago White Sox used Brookside as their spring education floor in 1933. The diamond at Brookside Park is pictured right here. Jackie Robinson performed right here, besides many different legends of the sport. a favored episode of The Munsters used to be filmed right here that includes Leo Durocher and lots of of the l. a. Dodgers.