Today in Baseball: Yankee Stadium opens its doors

Today, 97 years ago, the first official game was played at Yankee Stadium. The Boston Red Sox were beaten 4-1 thanks to a home run by Babe Ruth. After John McGraw of the New York Giants made clear he didn't want to Yankees to return to the Polo Grounds after the 1922 season, the Yankees …

Baseball Shorts: Duffy’s Cliff

In today's episode of Baseball Shorts, we pay attention to a phenomenon that Red Sox fans will surely know. It is a phenomenon that could be found in Fenway Park. Duffy’s Cliff was a ten-foot-high mound that formed an incline in front of the left-field wall from the day the park opened in 1912 until …

Renderings of downtown Kansas City ballpark presented

Yesterday, Kansas City-based design company Pendulum has presented its vision on a downtown ballpark in Kansas City. In the past months, there have been rumors about several locations in downtown Kansas City. But so far the club hasn't made a decision on leaving Kauffman Stadium. The renderings unveiled by Pendulum showed a 30,000 seater in …

Ballparks around the World: Loek Loevendie Ballpark

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the home field of L&D Amsterdam Pirates: Loek Loevendie Ballpark. The facility opened in the year 2000 and was renamed after the founder of Pirates, Loek Loevendie in 2019. Of course, Pirates started as a baseball branch of the Amsterdam based soccer club …

Buckwalter Stadium: A ballpark left to rot

I bumped into this Youtube video the other day. It is about the former ballpark in Meridian MS, Buckwalter Stadium.  The ballpark was built in the 1930s and after several runs of the Cotton States League, it was left alone as nature slowly took over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sy7NUlFGtY Professional baseball was played in Meridian since 1905 for …

Ballparks around the World: League Stadium

It has been a while but in this episode of Ballparks around the World we pay attention to League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana. Just like Bosse Field in neighboring Evansville, League Stadium served as a backdrop for A League Of Their Own. The original grounds were opened in 1894 and served as a fairground as …

Ballparks around the world: Koshien Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to Koshien Stadium which is located in Osaka. It is the oldest baseball stadium in Japan and home of the annual Koshien high school tournament and the Hanshin Tigers. Koshien Stadium opened its doors in 1924 to host the National High School Baseball Invitational …

Ballparks around the world: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

In this episode of Ballparks around the world, we pay attention to one of those little gems that you will only find in the USA: Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to the legend, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball and played the first game at the …

Today in baseball: Ballpark openings

Today 107 and 106 years ago there were some ballpark christenings. In 1912 Fenway Park opened its doors. A year later another iconic ballpark would be opened: Ebbets Field. Even though the first MLB game at Fenway Park was played on April 20, the first game ever was played on April 9, 1912. The Red …

Ballparks around the World: Stade Canac, Québec

It has been a while but in this episode of Ballparks around the World we pay attention to the home of the Québec Capitales (independent CanAm League), Stade Municipal in Québec, North America's only walled city. In 1937, Canada suffered from the great depression, just as most other countries of the world. Prime Minister of …

Ballparks around the World: Pim Mulier Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the oldest baseball stadium in the Netherlands: the Pim Mulier Stadium. After the city of Haarlem organized the first baseball week in 1961, it was clear that a bigger venture was needed. So the city of Haarlem started to make plans for a …

Ballparks around the world: Dennis Martinez stadium

With the help of a Taiwanese investment, Nicaragua was able to build a new, state of the art stadium in its capital Managua. The new stadium, called Dennis Martinez stadium, will replace the old stadium which was also called Dennis Martinez stadium and which was named after Nicaragua's favorite son and former MLB pitcher Dennis …

Ballparks around the world: Venezuela builds largest ballpark in South America

Despite the deplorable state, its economy is in, Venezuela is constructing a 37,000 seat baseball stadium in its capital Caracas. According to the Minister of Public Works, Cesar Salazar Coll, the stadium is expected to be inaugurated in September 2018. Photo by Gensler.com According to Gensler.com, the ballpark will be named Estadio La Rinconada. The ballpark …

Birmingham willing to spend $500K on repairs of Rickwood Field

Historic Rickwood Field, that was home to Minor League and Negro League teams is in need of repairs. The annual Rickwood Classic, a game hosted by the Birmingham Barons in wich the teams wear throwback uniforms, was canceled because the place was shut down after city officials discovered the ballpark needed structural shoring and repairs. …

Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

In Ballparks around the world another World Baseball Classic venue will be in the center of the attention. The Tokyo Dome in Japan will be host to the WBC for the fourth time since 2006. Next to hosting group B with Australia, China, Cuba and Japan, it will also host group E in the second …

Ballparks around the world: Marlins Park

With the World Baseball Classic nearing, it is time to show another ballpark to you that will host a WBC group. This time Marlins Park in Miami, home of the Miami Marlins. This state of the art ballpark will host group C with Colombia, Dominican Republic, Canada and the United States of America. It will …

51s restart Summerlin ballpark talks

The city of Las Vegas has made no secret they want the Las Vegas 51s out of Cashman Field. The city wants to expand the adjacent convention center, Cashman Center, and it needs the ground of Cashman Field to build the expansion.  Several locations were presented, as Summerlin was one of them but all proposals shattered …