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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE AN OLD PLACE

July 07, 1980
July 07, 1980

Table of Contents
July 7, 1980

U.S. Trials
Wimbledon Diary
Ancient Mariner
Baseball
Golf
Old Ball Parks
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE AN OLD PLACE

They are a vanishing breed, ball parks like Detroit's Tiger Stadium (right), once known as Briggs—parks built before World War II, before expansion and before domes. On the following pages are the others, including a special look at Chicago's Wrigley Field

This is an article from the July 7, 1980 issue

Chicago's Comiskey Park was built in 1910, and has among its many additions a glassed-in outfield wall (opposite) through which diners can see the game.

So deep was the outfield at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, built in 1932, that eventually an inner fence was put up, creating a picnic area in between.

Municipal Stadium seats 76,713 people, and in 1948 the pennant-winning Indians filled them all, but losing years have made the upper deck a wasteland.

Boston's Fenway Park, built in 1912, has a storied leftfield wall known as the Green Monster.' Only 315 feet from home plate, the wall rises 37'2" in the air, but even so the home-run rate is high, requiring 23 feet of netting above it to reduce window breakage on Lansdowne Street beyond.

Batting practice at Wrigley begins in the morning, when sunlight and the surrounding greenness lend emphasis to the phrase "national pastime."

SEVEN ILLUSTRATIONSBERNIE FUCHS