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  • Originally posted by MontanaJim74 View Post
    Is the neighborhood where Shibe Park stood safe today? Im thinking of visiting there on my next trip to philly. It appears the site isnt too far from a septa station.
    It's NOT the greatest neighborhood... but dont go at night. The site of Connie Mack is now a church, but the neighborhood is very iffy.... as is baker bowl, which is 5 blocks to the east of where connie mack stood..

    This is my website, and this will give u an idea of the neighborhood. Some photos are from last year

    http://ballparks.phanfare.com/album/...ageID=23211916
    It is 9:46 p.m.

    Vin Scully with the call: Two and 2 to Harvey Kuenn, one strike away. Sandy into his windup, here's the pitch.....

    Swung on and missed, a perfect game!!

    check out my personal ballpark photography site
    www.ballparks.phanfare.com

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    • does any one know if the seats at shibe park were always painted red lower half of stands and yellow the upper half of stands...?

      tcb~

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      • Originally posted by ghostofelvis View Post
        does any one know if the seats at shibe park were always painted red lower half of stands and yellow the upper half of stands...?

        tcb~
        During the A's ownership and occupation of Shibe Park, the seats were painted forest green. You can see in the attached picture, the green color below the newer coats of paint that have chipped away.

        Last edited by old perfessor; 07-22-2008, 12:38 PM.

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        • Originally posted by old perfessor View Post
          During the A's ownership and occupation of Shibe Park, the seats were painted forest green. You can see in the attached picture, the green color below the newer coats of paint that have chipped away.


          thanks for that reply/photo perfessor...!

          so immediately after the '54 season the phils had the seats painted red/yellow for the upcoming '55 year...until 1970?

          tcb~

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          • Originally posted by ghostofelvis View Post
            thanks for that reply/photo perfessor...!

            so immediately after the '54 season the phils had the seats painted red/yellow for the upcoming '55 year...until 1970?

            tcb~
            I can't say if the seats switched color immediately after the A's left town. Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium was owned by the A's and when the franchise was sold to Arnold Johnson in 1954, Johnson raised half the cash required for the purchase by flipping the ballpark to Phillies owner Robert Carpenter for $1.65 million. I have seen color photographs from 1959 of the inside of the ballpark, showing red seats, so the color changed at least by then. My first game at Connie Mack Stadium was in September 1964 at age 7. My last game there was the last game ever played at the ballpark, October 1, 1970 at age 13.

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            • In Sept. 1970 Mom took me, my sisters and brother to one of the last games at Connie Mack. We parked in front of someone's house for $5, got let in a side door for about a buck each, grabbed seats in the lower level just beyond third base and saw Joe Pepitone hit an inside the parker off the scoreboard. The place, even to my 9-year-old eyes, was a dump. The exterior between third and first was beautiful, but the rest of it looked like a very bland warehouse. For all of the Vets' faults, Rich Ashburn said the move from CMS was like "going from chicken **** to chicken salad." I'll take his word.

              (oooh! like that auto cleanup - classy. What's the born again web site that automatically changed "Tyson Gay" to "Tyson Homosexual"? Richie Ashburn thanks you, too.)
              Last edited by tugger; 07-27-2008, 08:36 PM.

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              • Originally posted by tugger View Post
                For all of the Vets' faults, Rich Ashburn said the move from CMS was like "going from chicken **** to chicken salad." I'll take his word.
                i often wonder about comments like this from the ballplayers themselves. do they mean the tiny cramped dingy locker rooms...? the urinals...? the benches in these rooms with no actual seats...? the lighting and plumbing...? the paint on the locker room walls...?

                surely they can't be trying to say these architectural palaces of the outside structure...the green grass...the scoreboards...the atmosphere...are chicken s*** places...?

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                • Originally posted by ghostofelvis View Post
                  i often wonder about comments like this from the ballplayers themselves. do they mean the tiny cramped dingy locker rooms...? the urinals...? the benches in these rooms with no actual seats...? the lighting and plumbing...? the paint on the locker room walls...?

                  surely they can't be trying to say these architectural palaces of the outside structure...the green grass...the scoreboards...the atmosphere...are chicken s*** places...?
                  I think Ashburn's comments were due to the fact that in the end, both Connie Mack stadium and the surrounding north Philly neighborhood were in bad shape. The park was not well maintained in its final seasons.
                  It is 9:46 p.m.

                  Vin Scully with the call: Two and 2 to Harvey Kuenn, one strike away. Sandy into his windup, here's the pitch.....

                  Swung on and missed, a perfect game!!

                  check out my personal ballpark photography site
                  www.ballparks.phanfare.com

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                  • How can you not trust a guy who bunts on his baseball card?

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                    • Originally posted by tugger View Post
                      In Sept. 1970 Mom took me, my sisters and brother to one of the last games at Connie Mack. We parked in front of someone's house for $5, got let in a side door for about a buck each, grabbed seats in the lower level just beyond third base and saw Joe Pepitone hit an inside the parker off the scoreboard. The place, even to my 9-year-old eyes, was a dump. The exterior between third and first was beautiful, but the rest of it looked like a very bland warehouse.
                      Wow. Great memory you have... see the link for the box score. 4,606 in attendance that day.

                      http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1...260PHI1970.htm

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                      • Originally posted by old perfessor View Post
                        My last game there was the last game ever played at the ballpark, October 1, 1970 at age 13.
                        As I recall that game wasn't televised. I remember listening to it on WCAU, and it sounded like a scene out off Clockwork Orange. The next day during his kid show on Channel 17, Bill (Wee Willie) Weber proudly displayed a chunk of outfield wall that had been torn out following the game (neato! vandalism!). The new Richie Ashburn DVD has video from the last game, garbage strewn in the outfield, players running for their lives after Oscar Gamble's game-winning hit.

                        In 1976, I got it into my 14-year-old head to ride my bike through Camden (!!), over the Ben Franklin Bridge, and up to North Philly (!!!) as the place was being torn down. After a rock whizzed past my head, I didn't hang around very long. But I did managed to pick up part of a seat back (#12) with levels of peeling paint from that faded red/peach (cheesy) to hunter green (classy).

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                        • Originally posted by tugger View Post
                          In 1976, I got it into my 14-year-old head to ride my bike through Camden (!!), over the Ben Franklin Bridge, and up to North Philly (!!!) as the place was being torn down. After a rock whizzed past my head, I didn't hang around very long. But I did managed to pick up part of a seat back (#12) with levels of peeling paint from that faded red/peach (cheesy) to hunter green (classy).
                          You rode your bike through both Camden AND North Philly? And you're still around? :applaud:
                          There are only two seasons - winter and baseball. (Bill Veeck)

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                          • Video clip of The King and His Court at Shibe Park.

                            What a showman Eddie Feigner was!

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWkUk4mYN9w

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                            • Couple of cool Eagles shots.
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                              • Sporting News, October 1937. The inside looks great - the outside, like a warehouse or brewery, lol.

                                Classic baseball and ballparks https://twitter.com/behindthebagbtb

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