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    West Side Park & West Side Grounds

    One of the more interesting baseball ballparks was West Side Grounds, the home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years. I thought it deserved a thread of its own, mostly to showcase some dazzling photos of it, discovered and polished up by member BSmile.

    Hope you enjoy it! Cheers! Mazzeltoff!

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    Chicago - August 30, 1908 (Cubs v. Giants)---Wikipedia - West Side Grounds

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    White Sox vs. Cubs; City Championship series; Chicago, October 10, 1909.

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    ----------------------------------------------------August 30, 1908.

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    1912 City Series: Cubs / White Sox

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    -------------------------------------------1907

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    1907 World Series: Game 2, Tigers / Cubs, Cubs won, 3-1.---World Series

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    1907 World Series, Game 2, Detroit / Chicago (October 9, West Side Grounds, Chicago)---World Series

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    1907 Cubs Vs Giants (Chicago)

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    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park


    1907 World Series - Cubs vs. Tigers; West Side Grounds - Chicago, Illinois.---World Series

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    Great pix, Bill. Thanks for posting 'em.
    "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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    Your enjoyment is my greatest reward, VF. Thanks for the appreciation.

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    Straight away centerfield was really 560 feet?!!
    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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    Some good shots Bill. Always been interested in this oldie, but not many pics available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burgess View Post
    West Side Grounds:
    Home of the Chicago Cubs, May 4, 1894 - October 3, 1915; 21 years
    Original 1893 seating capacity: 16,000
    LF: 340; CF: 560; RF: 316
    Demolished: 1920
    Wikipedia: West Side Park

    1912 City Series: Cubs / White Sox

    WOW, look at that roped off crowd on the field in left field. Wouldn't take much of a drive to hit one into the crowd. I think they were ground rule doubles in most parks.

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    The City Series look like they were a bigger draw than the World Series was a hundred years ago.

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    Those series against the Tigers were low draws. In fact, being a Tiger fan, I can find nothing good to say about them.

    Seriously, the '07 and '08 Series have to be among the most boring in history. The only things that come to mind when I think of those Series is how, in '07, Germany Shafer aroused suspicions when he asked the National Commission whether the players would get the gate receipts in a tie game, and then, thanks to a passed ball, the teams did play to a tie; and in '08, when the BBWAA was born.

    So as a Tiger Fan, West Side Park doesn't exactly hold fuzzy memories!!!!
    "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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    How is it that in Post #8, the grandstand doesn't extend all the way down the field past the foul lines, like it does in all the other photos? Is the date misidentified?

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    Bill, the date of the picture is correct. They added the extension down first and third base lines in 1908.

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    Outstanding work by Bsmile.

    But, being a ballpark thread, this really should be in the "Ballparks..." forum ("Discuss both modern and historic ballparks."), hmm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westsidegrounds View Post
    Outstanding work by Bsmile.
    Indeed. I agree. His photo work is outstanding! His mastery of subtlety and nuance is high art, and cultural sublimity. But this subject is also fitting for a historical discussion, too. It fits nicely in both.

    By the way, westsidegrounds, could I persuade you to vote in my poll Wagner/Mays.

    Would much appreciate it and consider is a big favor, if you could. Thanks.

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    Westsidegrounds,

    Will you EVER vote in my Wagner/Mays poll?

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    Bill asked:
    How is it that in Post #8, the grandstand doesn't extend all the way down the field past the foul lines, like it does in all the other photos? Is the date misidentified?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dto7 View Post
    Bill, the date of the picture is correct. They added the extension down first and third base lines in 1908.
    See #9 and especially #10, labeled 1907. The grandstand extends down the foul line beyond the outfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Wendt View Post
    Bill asked:
    How is it that in Post #8, the grandstand doesn't extend all the way down the field past the foul lines, like it does in all the other photos? Is the date misidentified?



    See #9 and especially #10, labeled 1907. The grandstand extends down the foul line beyond the outfield.
    Only #2, #3, #4 and #8 have dates on the actual photos. They did play the Tigers in 1907 and 1908.

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