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    Can anyone tell me if there is still a Negro League ballpark still standing? Would love to see it........................

  • #2
    would assume they played at yankee stadium - possibly wrigley and fenway and at numerous minor league parks around the country that may still be standing - very few negro league clubs had their own park and they weren't concrete and steel facilities designed to last for decades - afterall their potential audiences was less than 20% of the nation and that's potential not actual - no $$

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    • #3
      Rickwood Field

      Rickwood Field would be a good one for you look up- see also thread about Birmingham Black Barons re-creation game scheduled there.
      http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=39845

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      • #4
        Engle Stadium in Chattanooga TN has Negro League hisory, so does RFK Stadium in Washington DC

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        • #5
          Originally posted by buccos1979
          ... so does RFK Stadium in Washington DC
          RFK (formerly known as D.C. Stadium) has no Negro League history. You may be thinking of Griffith, which was demolished about 1965. It is now the site of Howard University Hospital.
          Last edited by Bob Hannah; 04-05-2006, 01:55 PM.

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          • #6
            West Field in Munhall, PA a mile or so from Homestead, is still standing, though it is in very rough shape. The grays played there in the 20s
            Pirates Fan Forever!!!!!

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            • #7
              Bob Hannah is correct about RFK—it opened in 1961, after the Negro Leagues were consigned to history.
              I will not assimilate into the Angelos Collective. Resistance is not futile.

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              • #8
                I went to West park (behind the Munhall community ctr, or maybe it was a firehall or something) and could not find one stitch of evidence that commemorated the Grays or negro leagues or anything for that matter.....How could that field be so overlooked???

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                • #9
                  Tiger Stadium - Negro East-West League Detroit Wolves 1932, and Negro National League Detroit Stars 1933, as well as Negro American League Detroit Stars 1937.

                  Yankee Stadium - Negro NL New York Black Yankees 1946-1948

                  Rickwood Field - Negro NL Birmingham Black Barons 1923-1925... Negro Southern League Birm. Black Barons (BBB) 1932.... Negro AL BBB 1937-38, adn 194-1950.

                  Rickwood - Marker.jpg Rickwood 2.jpg

                  Rickwood 3.bmp Rickwood 3.jpg
                  "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
                    I saw about 30 or so games there... caught 4 foul balls, and stole the managers hat off his head after the team won the AAA World Series on year. I had the guy (Joe Sparks) autograph the hat the next season... when he turned it over to sign the bill... his number 7 was on it. He signed it, just grinned and gave it back to me.

                    The park has most recently been used for a RACE-TRACK, and hosts midget and sprint car races.
                    Stan, you are the lucky man (couldn't resist, sorry).


                    In terms of where the Negro League players played, it depends on how big thier team was. I know the Black Yankees used Yankee Stadium and the Homestead Grays used Griffith. I believe it was the same all over the league in most of the bigger cities.


                    Richard

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                    • #11
                      Oakville Negro League Park, Oakville MD: http://www.digitalballparks.com/Negro/Oakville.html.

                      Looks real old, and really neat.
                      WAMCO!

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                      • #12
                        Any pictures out there of Mack Park in Detroit or Greenlee Field in Pittsburgh? I understood these to be 2 of the very few parks built specifically for "major" Negro League competition, along perhaps the previously mentioned West Field for the Homestead Grays. Would love to see any or all pictures out there of any of these ballparks.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by erniepaul21 View Post
                          I went to West park (behind the Munhall community ctr, or maybe it was a firehall or something) and could not find one stitch of evidence that commemorated the Grays or negro leagues or anything for that matter.....How could that field be so overlooked???
                          I agree, Charlie Batch of the Steelers and Josh Gibsons grandson, Sean Gibson were suppose to be renovating the field. But that was about a year ago, and nothing is being done.

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                          • #14
                            Negro League Ballparks

                            Negro Colored League, 1887

                            Boston Resolutes
                            South End Grounds I Boston MA 1887

                            Lord Baltimores
                            Oriole Park I Baltimore MD 1887

                            Louisville Fall Citys
                            Eclipse Park I Louisville KY 1887

                            New York Gothams
                            Polo Grounds I New York NY 1887

                            Philadelphia Pythians
                            Huntingdon Grounds I Philadelphia PA 1887

                            Pittsburg Keystones
                            Recreation Park Pittsburgh PA 1887

                            Negro National League, 1920-31, 1933-48

                            Akron Black Tyrites
                            League Park II Akron OH 1933

                            A.C. Bacharach Giants
                            Bacharach Field Atlantic City NJ 1934

                            Baltimore Black Sox
                            Bacharach Field Atlantic City NJ 1933
                            Bugle Field Baltimore MD 1933-34

                            Baltimore Elite Giants
                            Gordy Park Salisbury MD 1941 (1 gm)
                            Venable Stadium Baltimore MD 1944-48

                            Birmingham Black Barons
                            Rickwood Field Birmingham AL 1924-25
                            Rickwood Field Birmingham AL 1927-30

                            Brooklyn Eagles
                            Ebbets Field Brooklyn NY 1935

                            Chi Cole's American Giants
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1933
                            South Side Park III Chicago IL 1933-35

                            Chicago American Giants
                            Piqua Park Piqua IL 1920
                            Soldier Field Chicago IL 1924
                            37th and Butler Chicago IL 1931
                            Normal Park Chicago IL 1920-21
                            South Side Park III Chicago IL 1920-31
                            Hampton Institute Field Hampton VA 1920s
                            Leland Giants Park Chicago IL 1922-23
                            Asbury Ball Park Chicago IL 1925-26
                            Pyott's Park Chicago IL 1928-30
                            Shewbridge Park Chicago IL 1935 (1 gm)
                            Mills Stadium Chicago IL 1935 (1 gm)
                            Spencer Field Chicago IL 1935 (1 gm)
                            Borchert Field Milwaukee WI 1935 (1 gm)

                            Chicago Giants
                            67th and Langley Chicago IL 1920-21

                            Cincinnati Clowns
                            Municipal Park Springfield OH 1943 (1 gm)

                            Cincinnati Cuban Stars
                            Northside Park Cincinnati OH 1921

                            Cleveland Browns
                            Beyerle's Park Newburgh Hgts OH 1924

                            Cleveland Cubs
                            Cubs Stadium Cleveland OH 1931
                            Hardware Field Cleveland OH 1931

                            Cleveland Elites
                            Beyerle's Park Newburgh Hgts OH 1926

                            Cleveland Giants
                            Luna Bowl Cleveland OH 1933

                            Cleveland Hornets
                            Beyerle's Park Newburgh Hgts OH 1927

                            Cleveland Red Sox
                            Luna Bowl Cleveland OH 1934

                            Cleveland Tate Stars
                            Beyerle's Park Newburgh Hgts OH 1922

                            Columbus Bluebirds
                            Red Bird Stadium Columbus OH 1933

                            Columbus Buckeyes
                            Neil Park II Columbus OH 1921

                            Columbus Elite Giants
                            Red Bird Stadium Columbus OH 1935

                            Cuban Stars West
                            South Side Park III Chicago IL 1920s

                            Cubans
                            Estadio Cerveza Tropicale Havana 1930s-40s
                            Dyckman Oval New York NY 1935-36

                            Dayton Marcos
                            Ducks Park Dayton OH 1920, 26

                            Detroit Stars
                            Mack Park Detroit MI 1920-29
                            Hamtramck Stadium Hamtramck MI 1930-31, 33

                            Harrisburg-St. Louis Stars
                            Island Stadium Harrisburg PA 1943

                            Havana Cuban Stars
                            Estadio Gran I Havana 1920
                            Dyckman Oval New York NY 1920

                            Homestead Grays
                            Pennsylvania Railroad Park Altoona PA 1930s
                            Municipal Field Homestead PA 1930s
                            Point Stadium Johnstown PA 1930s
                            Page Park Monessen PA 1930s
                            Peters' Park Danville VA 1930s (1 gm)
                            Butler Field Butler PA 1935-36
                            Gus Greenlee Field Pittsburgh PA 1935-38
                            Forbes Field Pittsburgh PA 1935-48
                            Mark Grey Athletic Park Zanesville OH 1938 (1 gm)
                            Griffith Stadium Washington DC 1939-48
                            Halloran Park Lima OH 1942 (1 gm)

                            Indianapolis ABCs
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1931
                            Walnut Park Muncie IN 1920 (1 gm)
                            Riverside Park Indianapolis IN 1920-26
                            Northwestern Ave Grounds Indianapolis IN 1920-26
                            Speedway Park Indianapolis IN 1920-26
                            Lebanon Memorial Park Lebanon IN 1920s
                            Dean Park Crawfordsville IN 1923 (1 gm)

                            Kansas City Monarchs
                            Association Park II Kansas City MO 1920-22
                            South Side Park III Chicago IL 1920s
                            Paradeway Park Kansas City MO 1923-30

                            Louisville White Sox
                            Parkway Field Louisville KY 1931

                            Memphis Red Sox
                            Sulphur Dell I Nashville TN 1924-25
                            Martin Park Memphis TN 24-25,27,29-30

                            Milwaukee Bears
                            South Side Park III Chicago IL 1923
                            Borchert Field Milwaukee WI 1923

                            Nashville Elite Giants
                            Wilson Park Nashville TN 1930
                            Sulphur Dell II Nashville TN 1930, 33-34
                            Engel Stadium Chattanooga TN 1930s

                            New York Black Yankees
                            Hebrew Orphan Asylum Oval New York NY 1936
                            Hawkins Stadium Albany NY 1948 (1 gm)
                            Red Wing Stadium Rochester NY 1948
                            Dexter Park Brooklyn NY 1930s-40s
                            Triborough Stadium New York NY 1937-38
                            Hinchliffe Stadium Paterson NJ 1939-47
                            Offermann Stadium Buffalo NY 1940s
                            Roosevelt Stadium Jersey City NJ 1940s
                            Yankees Stadium New York NY 1940s
                            MacArthur Stadium Syracuse NY 1940s

                            New York Cuban Stars
                            Dyckman Oval New York NY 1922

                            New York Cuban Stars West
                            Catholic Protectory Oval New York NY 1923-30

                            New York Cubans
                            Recreation Park III New York NY 1935
                            59th Street Bridge New York NY 1939
                            Queens Park New York NY 1940
                            Polo Grounds V New York NY 1948
                            Dexter Park Brooklyn NY 1930s-40s
                            Grove Street Oval II East Orange NJ 1941-47

                            Newark Dodgers
                            Meadowbrook Oval Newark NJ 1934-35
                            Olemar Field Irvington NJ 1935 (1 gm)

                            Newark Eagles
                            Dunn Field Trenton NJ 1946
                            Ruppert Stadium Newark NJ 1936-48

                            Philadelphia Bacharach Giants
                            Passon Park Philadelphia PA 1934

                            Philadelphia Stars
                            Passon Park Philadelphia PA 1934-35
                            Penmar Park Philadelphia PA 1936-48

                            Pittsburgh Crawfords
                            Swayne Field Toledo OH 1937
                            Point Stadium Johnstown PA 1930s
                            Ammon Field Pittsburgh PA 1933-38
                            Gus Greenlee Field Pittsburgh PA 1933-38

                            Pittsburgh Keystones
                            Central Park Pittsburgh PA 1922

                            St. Louis Giants
                            Handlan's Park St. Louis MO 1920-21

                            St. Louis Stars
                            Giants Park St. Louis MO 1922
                            Handlan's Park St. Louis MO 1920s
                            Vandeventer Lot II St. Louis MO 1920s
                            Easton Street Park St. Louis MO 1920s
                            Market Street Park St. Louis MO 1920s
                            Stars Park St. Louis MO 1922-31

                            Toledo Tigers
                            Swayne Field Toledo OH 1923

                            Washington Black Senators
                            Griffith Stadium Washington DC 1938

                            Washington Elite Giants
                            Dyckman Oval New York NY 1937
                            Griffith Stadium Washington DC 1936-37

                            Eastern Colored League, 1923-28

                            A.C. Bacharach Giants
                            Bronx Oval New York NY 1920s
                            Lewisohn Stadium New York NY 1920s
                            Bacharach Field Atlantic City NJ 1923-28

                            Baltimore Black Sox
                            Druid Hill Baltimore MD 1920s
                            Maryland Baseball Park Baltimore MD 1923-28

                            Brooklyn Royal Giants
                            Dexter Park Brooklyn NY 1923-27

                            Darby Hilldales
                            Hilldale Park Yeadon PA 1923-27

                            Harrisburg Giants
                            West End Grounds Harrisburg PA 1924-27

                            Hilldale
                            Rosemore Park Lancaster PA 1925 (1 gm)

                            New York Cuban Stars East
                            Dyckman Oval New York NY 1923-28

                            New York Lincoln Giants
                            Wivchar Stadium Riverhead NY 1920s
                            Olympic Field New York NY 1923-26, 28

                            Newark Stars
                            Newark Schools Stadium Newark NJ 1926

                            Philadelphia Hilldales
                            Razzberry Park Camden NJ 1923

                            Philadelphia Tigers
                            Chessline Park Philadelphia PA 1928

                            Washington Potomacs
                            Standpipe Park Washington DC 1924

                            American Negro League, 1929

                            A.C. Bacharach Giants
                            Bacharach Field Atlantic City NJ 1929

                            Baltimore Black Sox
                            Maryland Baseball Park Baltimore MD 1929

                            Darby Hilldales
                            Hilldale Park Yeadon PA 1929

                            Homestead Grays
                            Forbes Field Pittsburgh PA 1929
                            Grays Field Pittsburgh PA 1929
                            Ammon Field Pittsburgh PA 1929
                            Washington Park Pittsburgh PA 1929

                            New York Cuban Stars East
                            Dyckman Oval New York NY 1929

                            New York Lincoln Giants
                            Olympic Field New York NY 1929

                            Negro Southern League, 1932

                            Atlanta Black Crackers
                            Ponce de Leon Park II Atlanta GA 1932

                            Chi Cole's American Giants
                            South Side Park III Chicago IL 1932

                            Columbus Turfs
                            Neil Park II Columbus OH 1932

                            Indianapolis ABCs
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1932

                            Little Rock Grays
                            Travelers Field Little Rock AR 1932

                            Louisville Black Caps
                            Parkway Field Louisville KY 1932

                            Memphis Red Sox
                            Martin Park Memphis TN 1932

                            Monroe Monarchs
                            Casino Park Monroe LA 1932

                            Montgomery Grey Sox
                            Cramton Bowl Montgomery AL 1932
                            College Hill Park Montgomery AL 1932

                            Nashville Elite Giants
                            Wilson Park Nashville TN 1932
                            Sulphur Dell II Nashville TN 1932

                            Negro East-West League, 1932

                            Baltimore Black Sox
                            Bugle Field Baltimore MD 1932

                            Cleveland Stars
                            Luna Bowl Cleveland OH 1932

                            Cuban Stars
                            Dyckman Oval New York NY 1932

                            Darby Hilldales
                            Hilldale Park Yeadon PA 1932

                            Detroit Wolves
                            Hamtramck Stadium Hamtramck MI 1932

                            Homestead Grays
                            Forbes Field Pittsburgh PA 1932
                            Cycler Park McKeesport PA 1932 (1 gm)

                            Newark Browns
                            Sprague Field Bloomfield NJ 1932
                            Meadowbrook Oval Newark NJ 1932

                            Pittsburgh Crawfords
                            Gus Greenlee Field Pittsburgh PA 1932
                            League Park II Akron OH 1932 (1 gm)
                            Mahaffey Park Canton OH 1932 (1 gm)

                            Washington Pilots
                            Griffith Stadium Washington DC 1932

                            Negro American League, 1937-61

                            Atlanta Black Crackers
                            Ponce de Leon Park II Atlanta GA 1938

                            Baltimore Elite Giants
                            Venable Stadium Baltimore MD 1949
                            Terrapin Park Baltimore MD 1938-44
                            Westport Stadium Westport MD 1950-51

                            Birmingham Black Barons
                            Hilton Park Wilmington NC 1930s
                            Rickwood Field Birmingham AL 1937-38
                            Rickwood Field Birmingham AL 1940-61
                            McCormick Field Asheville NC 1940s
                            Athletic Park Durham NC 1940s
                            Travelers Field Little Rock AR 1940s
                            Luther Williams Field Macon GA 1940s
                            Devereaux Meadow Raleigh NC 1940s
                            Grayson Stadium Savannah GA 1940s

                            Chicago American Giants
                            South Side Park III Chicago IL 1937-40
                            Turner Field Hammond IN 1941 (1 gm)
                            Comiskey Park I Chicago IL 1941-52

                            Cincinnati Buckeyes
                            Crosley Field Cincinnati OH 1942

                            Cincinnati Clowns
                            Crosley Field Cincinnati OH 1943
                            Lanphier Park Springfield IL 1943
                            Crosley Field Cincinnati OH 1945

                            Cincinnati Tigers
                            Crosley Field Cincinnati OH 1937

                            Cleveland Bears
                            Hardware Field Cleveland OH 1939-40

                            Cleveland Buckeyes
                            League Park IV Cleveland OH 1943-48, 50

                            Detroit Clowns
                            Mack Park Detroit MI 1958

                            Detroit Stars
                            De Quindre Park Detroit MI 1937
                            Sportsman's Park Detroit MI 1937 (1 gm)
                            Mack Park Detroit MI 1954-57, 59
                            Tiger Stadium Detroit MI 1957 (1 gm)

                            Detroit-New Orleans Stars
                            Mack Park Detroit MI 1960-61
                            Stars Field New Orleans LA 1960-61

                            Houston Eagles
                            Clark Field Austin TX 1949-50
                            Buff Stadium Houston TX 1949-50

                            Indianapolis ABCs
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1938-39

                            Indianapolis Athletics
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1937

                            Indianapolis Clowns
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1946-55
                            Offermann Stadium Buffalo NY 1951-55

                            Indianapolis Crawfords
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1940

                            Indianapolis-Cincinnati Clowns
                            Crosley Field Cincinnati OH 1944
                            Victory Field I Indianapolis IN 1944

                            Jacksonville Red Caps
                            Durkee Field Jacksonville FL 1938, 41-42

                            Kansas City Monarchs
                            Belleville H.S. Athletic Field Belleville IL 1950
                            Municipal Stadium Kansas City MO 1937-61
                            Ainsworth Field Erie PA 1940s
                            Sportsman's Park IV St. Louis MO 1941 (1 gm)
                            Valley Field Grand Rapids MI 1956-61
                            Golden Park Columbus GA 1957-61
                            Lakeside Park Decatur AL 1957-61
                            Legion Field Decatur AL 1957-61
                            Highland Park Stadium Kokomo IN 1957-61
                            Legio Field Lake Charles LA 1957-61
                            Travelers Field Little Rock AR 1957-61
                            Centennial Field Tallahassee FL 1957-61
                            Martin Park Memphis TN 1960-61

                            Louisville Black Colonels
                            Parkway Field Louisville KY 1954

                            Louisville Buckeyes
                            Parkway Field Louisville KY 1949

                            Many Teams Cardines Field Newport RI 1930s-40s

                            Memphis Red Sox
                            Martin Park Memphis TN 1937-41, 43-59
                            Municipal Stadium Greenville SC 1940s
                            Russwood Park Memphis TN 1940s

                            Mobile Havana Cuban Giants
                            Hartwell Field Mobile AL 1957

                            New Orleans Bears
                            Pelican Stadium New Orleans LA 1957

                            New Orleans Eagles
                            Pelican Stadium New Orleans LA 1951

                            New Orleans-St. Louis Stars
                            Mounds Ballfield Mounds IL 1939
                            Pelican Stadium New Orleans LA 1941
                            South End Park St. Louis MO 1941
                            Sportsman's Park IV St. Louis MO 1941 (1 gm)

                            New York Cubans
                            Polo Grounds V New York NY 1949-50

                            Newark Indians
                            Ruppert Stadium Newark NJ 1959

                            Philadelphia Stars
                            Penmar Park Philadelphia PA 1949-52

                            Raleigh Tigers
                            Rickwood Field Birmingham AL 1959
                            Clarksville Stadium Clarksville VA 1961
                            Old Armory Field Lumberton NC 1961
                            Smithfield Stadium Smithfield NC 1961
                            Engel Stadium Chattanooga TN 1959 (1 gm)
                            American Legion Park Newton NC 1959 (1 gm)
                            Legion Field Whiteville NC 1959 (1 gm)
                            13th and Anne Streets Park Wilmington NC 1959 (1 gm)
                            American Legion Field Wallace NC 1959, 61 (2 gm)
                            Chavis Park Raleigh NC 1959-61
                            Griffith Park Charlotte NC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Whittemore Athletic Field Conway SC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Athletic Park Durham NC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Hicks Field Edenton NC 1961 (1 gm)
                            War Memorial Stadium Greensboro NC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Brewer H.S. Field Greenwood SC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Rockingham Stadium Rockingham NC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Municipal Stadium Rocky Mount NC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Talbert Park Rocky Mount NC 1961 (1 gm)
                            Riley Park Sumter SC 1961 (1 gm)
                            American Legion Stadium Wilmington NC 1961 (1 gm)

                            St. Louis Stars
                            Metropolitan Park St. Louis MO 1937
                            South End Park St. Louis MO 1939

                            Toldeo Crawfords
                            Swayne Field Toledo OH 1939
                            Last edited by Brian McKenna; 09-16-2007, 06:34 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Wow...thats an excellent post!

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