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Thread: Baker Bowl / Philadelphia Park (aka Philadelphia Grounds)

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    Baker Bowl / Philadelphia Park (aka Philadelphia Grounds)

    Thought I'd start a thread for the other classic Philly park, the Baker Bowl.

    1915.






    1931.




    Opening Day 1938, Phillies' last year there. Dolph Camilli of the Brooks goes yard.




    1939, in racing configuration:



    Largest soap ad ever.

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    "the Phillies use lifebuoy and they STILL stink" classic!

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    I love the photos of the Baker Bowl and the warehouse down the left field line.

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    That warehouse building is still standing to this day... as is the triangular building in back of CF....

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    Nice pics Bnbusser.
    Yeah, Baker Bowl pics are tough to find. Here's some that may or may not have been posted here somewhere before.



    ENLARGE






    This is when it was used as a speedway


    From the Temple Univ Archives (w/watermarks, darn it)







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    The above Temple pics are from 1939, after the Phillies moved out.

    Last game at Baker Bowl 1938













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    You could come up with anything ! Neat pictures, thanks. You should put this one in the 'Locker Rooms' thread.

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    More from the last game


















    1950 Captioned "High winds demolish wall of old Baker Bowl". Do they have tornados in Philly?


    Finally, here's an ornament from the old stadium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock View Post
    Yeah, Baker Bowl pics are tough to find...
    He says right before posting a ton of pics of the BB that I've never seen before.

    Those pics are great!

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    Chicago Tribune, via Sporting News, 1937.


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    Man, pictures of this place are few and far between:

    BakerBowl1..jpg
    BakerBowl2..jpg
    BakerBowl3..jpg

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    Aaaand another, which looks like two pics spliced together rather badly :

    BakerBowl6..JPG

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    this is one of ralph kiner's favortie stories, he tells it every year (as only ralph can do). if your're over the age of 40 you've heard it many times...

    one thing not mentioned in the story, the face of the upper half of the rf fence was made of tin. any ball hitting it would make a racket.
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    Paul, do you know why the upper deck was removed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelt View Post
    Aaaand another, which looks like two pics spliced together rather badly :

    BakerBowl6..JPG
    inneresting how far back the pillars are set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tugger View Post
    inneresting how far back the pillars are set.
    One of the reasons Baker Bowl was historically significant--it was the first stadium ever to use a cantilevered upper deck.
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    I would gladly pay $500 for that window if I were a Philly guy. What a cool looking antique.

    An untacky piece of sports memorabilia that a woman will tolerate in the house. Always a tough find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RfkFedEx View Post
    Paul, do you know why the upper deck was removed?
    safety reasons, two deadly collapses and the place was a firetrap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RfkFedEx View Post
    I would gladly pay $500 for that window if I were a Philly guy. What a cool looking antique.

    An untacky piece of sports that memorabilia that a woman will tolerate in the house is always a tough find.
    but the phil's s-u-c-k-e-d when they were there, not worth $500...

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    Baker Bowl postcards:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul W View Post
    but the phil's s-u-c-k-e-d when they were there, not worth $500...
    If that window said 'Griffith Stadium' I'd buy it.

    It's all about home town history and having a piece of sports memorabilia that one else has.

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    Still There

    This is pretty interesting. The circled building is still there, including the steel bracing for that sign on the corner of the roof. However, that shorter building, so prominent in the old photographs, is no longer there.

    Baker Bowl..jpg

    Baker Bowl 2..jpg

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    The Baker Bowl must have had a curse akin to a Steven King tale.

    on an unrelated note,

    That dirt path b/t the mound and the plate was the widest I've ever seen. Thing had to be 10 feet broad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RfkFedEx View Post
    That dirt path b/t the mound and the plate was the widest I've ever seen. Thing had to be 10 feet broad.
    the phils were so cheap, it could have been wider. soil/dirt is cheap compared to grass.

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