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  • Ponce De Leon Park / Spiller Park - Atlanta, GA

    Ponce De Leon Park, Atlanta Georgia. Anyone have an good photos of this park, I did find a few. Also known as Spiller Park. Home of the Atlanta Crackers and Atlanta Black Crackers. The distance to dead center was 462 and to the right of that marker was a giant Magnolia tree and from what I could gather the tree was on the playing field. the park is gone but the tree remains. No dates on thse pictures. The one in color was post card.
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  • #2
    Good to know there was a team called the Black Crackers.

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    • #3
      More Ponce Deleon no dates but the scoreboard has Kansas City Royals on it, has to be 1969 or later.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lafferty Daniel View Post
        Good to know there was a team called the Black Crackers.

        Does sound a bit funny.

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        • #5
          Here it is still standing, the Magnolia tree and a bit of info on it.

          I have this feeling that Babe Ruth hit a home run every where...........well almost.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
            More Ponce Deleon no dates but the scoreboard has Kansas City Royals on it, has to be 1969 or later.
            It's between 1956 and 1957 because the A's were in Kansas City then while the Dodgers in still in Brooklyn, and the Giants in New York...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by efin98 View Post
              It's between 1956 and 1957 because the A's were in Kansas City then while the Dodgers in still in Brooklyn, and the Giants in New York...
              Thank you for that correction I saw Kansas and did not read any further. A sad reminder to any old Giant or old Dodger fans, some still haven't forgot.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lafferty Daniel View Post
                Good to know there was a team called the Black Crackers.
                They made use of the park when the minor league Atlanta Crackers were away.

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                • #9
                  Good stuff. I don't see the tree on the aerial photo or postcard, tho...?

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                  • #10
                    a baseball player once described to me the circumstances under which the atlanta cubs changed their name to the crackers in 1919. though the name is humorous-sounding to some, the actual story of race relations ain't.
                    "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                    • #11
                      Interview with Furman Bisher

                      I vaguely recall an article that Furman Bisher wrote about watching baseball played here. So I tried googling it, and found a fine story by Abe J. Schear, one newspaper writer interviewing this legend. It's worth a look.
                      http://www.agg.com/media/interior/pu...baseball05.pdf
                      If you could watch a baseball game,
                      what ballpark would you watch it in?

                      I don’t think it’s still in existence. I would
                      watch it in Ponce de Leon Park. That was a
                      grand old ballpark. It’s a shame you got
                      here too late for Ponce de Leon Park, but
                      you were still in rompers when they tore it
                      down.
                      Thank you. There used to be a
                      magnolia tree in Ponce de Leon Park. I
                      understand there are actually two of
                      them there now.

                      Well, there have been two trees out there,
                      but the other wasn’t in the park. The other
                      one was up on the embankment.
                      The tree was actually in centerfield.
                      In centerfield, yep. At one time they had
                      the fence inside that part of centerfield, so
                      the tree didn’t come into play, but in the
                      early stages when I first came here, the tree
                      was up on the bank and it came into play,
                      and a few balls were hit into it at one time
                      or another. It was a great old ballpark. It
                      was just something! If you were dreaming
                      about a baseball game of another year, this
                      was the ballpark that you would be
                      dreaming about. It had three tiers of
                      advertising signs, billboards up in the right
                      field, stacked up one on top of the other,
                      and I mean gracefully, not one on top of
                      the other, but tiered. The railroad ran by
                      up there and every once in a while the train
                      would stop and the engineer would sit and
                      watch the ballgame for two or three innings
                      or so.
                      "Someone asked me if I took steroids. I said, 'No. I had a contract with Wheaties.'"
                      --Bob Feller

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by zengator View Post
                        Good stuff. I don't see the tree on the aerial photo or postcard, tho...?
                        I hear ya,I couldn't find it. Maybe some one out there has a photo that might show the tree. Not many pics of this park, not that I could find.

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                        • #13
                          Didn't see that # 11 post till now. I guess that explains the tree. Some times inside the park some times out. Looks like it was not inside the park on the playing field, not in the pics I posted.

                          Harder to see it when outside the park, photos not that good.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by efin98 View Post
                            It's between 1956 and 1957 because the A's were in Kansas City then while the Dodgers in still in Brooklyn, and the Giants in New York...
                            It could also be in 1955.

                            There is at least one picture of this park in Touching Base: baseball in the Progressive Era. Atlanta is one of three baseball cities talked about in that book, along with New York and Chicago.

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                            • #15
                              Shoeless, i'm going to be getting a whole bunch soon for the website. I'll let you know when its up. if you need any at that point let me know.

                              eric
                              president
                              www.digitalballparks.com

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