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  • Engel Stadium - Chattanooga TN

    I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee which is the home to the Chattanooga
    Lookouts. The Lookouts for decades played in Engel Stadium before moving
    to a real nice modern stadium. Engel stadium is now used for some high
    school games and not much else. I was reading our local paper and it
    seems that the city owns Engel stadium and they are tired of playing for
    the upkeep. So, it seems that Engel stadium will be torn down. If I was
    rich, I would buy it from the city, but alas, I am not. But the worst part
    of all, it seems no one gives a darn that the city is going to tear it down.
    I know progress is progress, so there is nothing that can be done.

    Now for some memories. I saw Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison play
    the outfiled there. Around that time, the Lookouts had a pretty good
    pitcher in Jim Kaat playing there. Another great pitcher that I saw pitch
    there was Ferguson Jenkins. (I believe he is in the Hall of Fame)
    Pat Corrales was the Lookout catcher for a couple of years.
    Joe Engel, the former owner of the Lookouts, was a fore-runner to
    Charles Finnley of Oakland. Once, to bring more people to the stadium,
    gave away a house to a lucky fan.
    Other interesting facts.
    Pete Gray, the one arm pitcher, pitched at Engel stadium as a member
    of the Memphis team.
    Back in the twenties, when the Yankees would break spring training, they
    would stop in Chattanooga and play the Lookouts. Babe Ruth and Lou
    Gehrig played at Engel stadium. (My grandfather and father were Yankee
    fans because of this and that is why I became a Yankee fan)
    Also, it was at Engel stadium that a young lady, Jackie Mitchell, struck out
    Ruth and Gehrig. (which prompted Keneshaw Mountain Landis to outlaw
    women from playing baseball because they were "too weak")
    I once played right field there and it was great walking around on that
    field imagining all the greats who had once been there.
    Please excuse my little lament.
    Bill

  • #2
    Isn't Engel Stadium a national historic landmark? If it is, then I don't see why they would tear it down. I suggest you go up on ballparkreviews.com for more detail.
    My Top 4 funniest BBF posts ever:

    1) "plZ dOn;t' pOsT LikE tHIs n e mOr!"

    2) "The teams play 1962 games in 180 days."

    3) "Stadiums don't move silly, people do."

    4) "Once again you quibble, because it is I who speaks."

    5) Almost anything RuthMayBond says...

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    • #3
      You are correct that is is a historic place. The article on the
      website said that it could not be torn down. I cannot find the article
      in the newspaper, (my wife must have thrown it away) I could
      have sworn that the city fathers said that they had to get rid of
      it.
      Thanks for the info, I feel better now that they can't tear it down.
      Bill

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      • #4
        Hopefully people will be able to restore and tend to it as has been done with Rickwood Field in Birmingham.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jrh31584 View Post
          Hopefully people will be able to restore and tend to it as has been done with Rickwood Field in Birmingham.
          I second that. ^
          My Top 4 funniest BBF posts ever:

          1) "plZ dOn;t' pOsT LikE tHIs n e mOr!"

          2) "The teams play 1962 games in 180 days."

          3) "Stadiums don't move silly, people do."

          4) "Once again you quibble, because it is I who speaks."

          5) Almost anything RuthMayBond says...

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          • #6
            Amen to the reviewer on ballparksreview. Why the heck did the Lookouts leave Engel for that crapola. He is exactly right about what is wrong with minor league baseball.

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            • #7
              chatanooga, TN_engel stadium

              engel stadium from different periods
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              Last edited by bdeen; 06-29-2013, 01:35 AM.

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              • #9
                Great website

                http://www.engelfoundation.com/

                We can put our our money where our mouths are.
                Last edited by The Old Ballpark; 06-29-2013, 09:48 AM.

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                • #10
                  Reminds me of an older version of the sister city stadium in Knoxville "Bill Meyer Stadium"

                  Bmeyer98.jpg
                  The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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