Don’t forget the old ballparks.

In 2010, Major League Baseball welcomed Target Field in Minnesota to the family of new, exciting ballparks in the leagues portfolio of stadiums.  Personally, I miss the history, and simplicity of the stadiums of the past.  I have included ten historical ballparks that are missed dearly that any true fan would love to see.

Tiger Stadium – Detroit Tigers

Capacity: 23,000 (original), 52,400 (final)

Surface: Grass

Cost: $8 Million (renovations)

Opened: April 20, 1912 Closed: September 27, 1999 Demolished: Summer 2008-2009

Dimensions: 345-L, 467-C, 370-R (original), 340-L, 440-C, 325-R (final)

Metropolitan Stadium – Minnesota Twins

Capacity: 18,200 (original) 45,919 (final)

Surface: Grass

Cost: $8.5 Million

Opened: April 24, 1956 Closed: September 30, 1981 Demolished: 1985

Dimensions: 329-L, 412-C, 329-R (original) 343-L, 402-C, 330-R (final)

Yankee Stadium – New York Yankees

Capacity: 56,937

Surface: Grass

Cost: $2.5 Million, $48 Million (renovations)

Opened: April 18, 1923 Closed: September 21, 2008 Demolished: 2009

Dimensions: 318-L, 399-LC, 408-C, 385-RC, 314-R

Polo Grounds – New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Yankess

Capacity: 16,000 (original), 54,555 (final)

Surface: Grass

Cost: $300,000

Opened: June 28, 1911 Closed: September 18, 1963 Demolished: April 1964

Dimensions: 277-L, 455-C, 258-R (original), 279-L, 475-C, 257-R (final)

Memorial Stadium – Baltimore Orioles

Capacity: 20,000 (original), 54,000 (final)

Surface: Grass

Cost: $6.5 Million

Opened: April 15, 1954 (MLB) Closed: September 30, 1991 (MLB) Demolished: February 2001

Dimensions: 309-L, 410-C, 309-R (original) 309-L, 405-C, 309-R (final)

Crosley Field – Cincinnati Reds

Capacity: 20,000 (original), 29,400 (final)

Surface: Grass

Cost: $225,000

Opened: May 18, 1912 Closed: June 24, 1970 Demolished: 1972

Dimensions: 360-L, 420-C, 360-R (original),  328-L, 387-C, 366-R (final)

Comiskey Park – Chicago White Sox

Capacity: 32,000 (original), 52,000 (final)

Surface: Grass, Astroturf infield (1969-75)

Cost: $750,000

Opened: July 1, 1910 Closed: September 30, 1990 Demolished: January 1991

Dimensions: 362-L, 420-C, 365-R (original),  347-L, 407-C, 347-R (final)

Ebbets Field – Brooklyn Dodgers

Capacity: 23,000 (original), 32,000 (final)

Surface: Grass

Cost: $750,000

Opened: April 9, 1913 Closed: September 24, 1957 Demolished: February 25, 1960

Dimensions: 419-L, 450-C, 301-R (original),  348-L, 393-C, 297-R (final)

Griffith Stadium – Washington Senators

Capacity: 27,410

Surface: Grass

Cost: Unknown

Opened: 1892/July 24, 1911 Closed: September 21, 1961 Demolished: January 1965

Dimensions: 407-L, 421-C, 320-R (original) 388-L, 421-C, 320-R (final)

Forbes Field – Pittsburgh Pirates

Capacity: 25,000 (original), 35,000 (final)

Surface: Grass

Cost: $1 Million

Opened: June 30, 1909 Closed: June 28, 1970 Demolished: July 1971

Dimensions: 360-L, 422-C, 376-R (original) 365-L, 400-C, 329-R (final)


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~ by philip d. on June 1, 2010.

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