My friend Gary sent me an email yesterday which read "Of the stadia that held the 20 MLB All-Star Games played between 1994 & 2013, 15 of them were hosting the contest for the first time. Each of the 15 were built within the same time period." This made me want to find out when all the major league ballparks were built. My googling led me to find a great baseball blog that apparently has been around for about 4 or 5 years.
The blog is ondeckcircle.wordpress.com. The article that answered my question is "major league ballparks, oldest to newest". The oldest park is Fenway in 1912; the newest is Marlins Park (Miami) in 2012. Besides the listing of the 30 parks with dates, the article includes but is not limited to such interesting facts as:
- Only two stadiums, the Rogers Centre in Toronto and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (which, as you’ll notice, were built just a year apart, and are each in the A.L. East), still use artificial turf.
- No ballparks built in the 1920’s, ’30’s, 40’s, or ’50’s are still in existence, and only one each from the ’70’s and ’80’s are still in use today.
There are many more ondeckcircle articles on subjects such as the Max Scherzer signing titled "The Rich Get Richer", the Baseball Hall of Fame, All-Star Game records, articles on Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth, greatest hitters vs greatest pitchers, etc. This site is definitely worth checking out.
The baseball park article got me to recalling the parks that I've visited. Of the current 30 parks in existence today, I have only been to 6. They include Dodger Stadium, Camden Yards, Coors Field, Progressive Field (Jacobs Field when I was there) and Chase Field (was the BOB - Bank One Ballpark) all once and Fenway Park four times. Although I'm a lifelong Yankee fan and was a Long Island resident for just over 60 years, I have yet to visit the new Yankee Stadium.
Stadiums that no longer exist that I’ve been to include Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds (once each, both with the Cub Scouts), old Yankee Stadium (many times), Shea Stadium maybe a half dozen games, Comiskey Park, Chicago and Jarry Park in Montreal once each. The latter was perhaps the most interesting. The lineups were given in English and French. Both national anthems were performed and the scorecards and yearbook were in French and English. I still have my 1971 Expos yearbook.
What baseball parks have you visited?
Some past baseball posts:
9/18/08 Last Game at the Old Yankee Stadium
5/27/09 Dumb Baseball Rule 10.12(d)(3) (DP)
6/16/09 Baseball Substitute - Playing Softball
7/13/09 THE All Star Game
7/20/09 63rd Yankee Old Timer's Game
9/17/09 Designated Hitter
11/19/09 Derek Jeter's Average
5/15/10 Winning Relief Pitcher Rule
9/21/10 Steinbrenneer's Legacy as a Winner
5/10/11 ERA tied to Complete Games
7/3/11 81 Games
8/1/11 Real Saves
10/1/11 61 in 61 and other numbers
10/15/12 Strikeout Leaders
9/25/14 RIP 2014 Yankees