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    HELLO TO EVERYONE. I was wondering does anyone have any stories or memories of the old wrigley field in LA. WE all know that the LA ANGELS PLAYED THERE in 1961. and that THE TV SHOW HOMERUN DERBY was filmed there. THE stadium i think was torn down in 1965. LOOKING foward to hearing from you take care everyone and have a nice holiday season DONALD DETROIT MI
    LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

  • #2
    I was born in '61 so I didn't go to my first Angels game till sometime in the late 60s in Anaheimbut I know I was raised an Angel fan (instead of a Dodger fan) because my Dad must have gone to some PCL Angels games in Wrigley, probably when he was going to USC in the early 50s.

    I understand the park was designed with the same corner & dead center outfield depth as the Chicago Wrigley but there wasn't room for the normal curved outfield fence; the fences were pretty straight from the corner & made a near right angle in dead center- consequently very shallow in the gaps. A record 248 home runs in a stadium was set there in the 1961 season & that record was only surpassed at Coors Field (I think)

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    • #3
      Here's a link with a great color pic I hadn't seen beforehttp://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/wrigla.htm

      It also reminded me that the movie It Happens Every Spring was filmed there- that's a great baseball movie; I wish TCM would put it on again one of these days.

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      • #4
        Related Link:

        Http://www.ballparktour.com/Former_Los_Angeles.html
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        • #5
          The Munsters At Wrigley Field La

          Originally posted by POLO GROUNDS 1957
          HELLO TO EVERYONE. I was wondering does anyone have any stories or memories of the old wrigley field in LA. WE all know that the LA ANGELS PLAYED THERE in 1961. and that THE TV SHOW HOMERUN DERBY was filmed there. THE stadium i think was torn down in 1965. LOOKING foward to hearing from you take care everyone and have a nice holiday season DONALD DETROIT MI
          HELLO does anyone recall what episode of THE MUNSTERS TV SHOW WAS FILMED AT OLD WRIGLEY FIELD LA. I recall a episode when HERMAN MUNSTER TRYS OUT FOR THE LA DODGERS WITH GUEST STAR LEO DUROCHER but that was not filmed at wrigley field take care everyone DONALD DETROIT MI
          LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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          • #6
            Wasn't that episode filmed at Chavez Ravine? . . Or am I thinking of Mr. Ed?

            Hollywood's Gilmore Field was used in several films too. In "The Stratton Story", the last scenes (Monty's "comeback" game) were filmed at Gilmore Field - just one example.
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            • #7
              Some of the site say the LA Wrigley was torn down in 1966, I know that is mistaken. I remember going to Wrigley sometime in the Spring of 1968 with an Indian Guides outing. I was in Indian Guides in 2nd and 3rd grade, and that was after I moved which was September 1967.

              The thing I do remember is that we actually went on the field and I noticed home plate, and at the time it did not mean much to me, for I had not started playing baseball yet. Now I look back and remember that evening fondly, just because of that particular tidbit.

              Damn Yankees, The Winning Team are also among the movies filmed at the ballpark.
              http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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              • #8
                Wrigley Field (Los Angeles)

                If anyone saw The Kid from Left Field starring Dan Dailey, today on one of the movie channels ther eare many good shots of old LA Wrigley, including the tower, walls, the stadium itself.

                Many older movies do use Wrigley in game scenes. Also MLB players may appear in cameos or as extras and some PCL umpires were used as umpires (good casting).

                IMDB.com would also give some info on baseball related things in movies including technical advisors and crew members.
                http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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                • #9
                  Theres a site http://www.britishpathe.com, you can search for newsreel vids of LA Wrigley (and other ballparks). Pretty cool, even though the free version file compression is pretty gritty.
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                  • #10
                    Ballpark Tour says the following flms were shot at Wrigley Field:

                    Pride of the Yankees (1942)
                    Damn Yankees (1958)
                    The Stratton Story (1949)
                    The Kid From Left Field (1953)
                    Alibi Ike (1935) - This and the next two were Joe E Brown films
                    Ellmer the Great (1933)
                    Fireman Save My Child (1932)
                    It Happens Every Spring (1949)
                    Rhubarb (1951)
                    The Winning Team (1952) - Ronald Reagan as Grover Cleveland Alexander
                    The Pride of St Louis (1952) - Dan Dailey as Dizzy Dean
                    Whilstling in Brooklyn (1943)

                    http://www.ballparktour.com/Former_Los_Angeles.html

                    I believe the rally scene in Capra's "Meet John Doe" (1941) also was shot in Wrigley.

                    The robbery in "Armored Car Robbery" (1950) takes place outside the ballpark.

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                    • #11
                      LA Wrigley pics

                      Although some were posted on some other threads, here are some of LA Wrigley.
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                      http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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                      • #12
                        Here is one with the signature Wrigley Tower from the street level. look at the old cars.
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                        http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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                        • #13
                          Here is an old B & W.
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                          http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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                          • #14
                            Not sure what this is, but look like some kind of celebration.
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                            http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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                            • #15
                              During a game with a a packed house. LA was ready for MLB certainly by the 1920s.
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                              http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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