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    I am putting together photos I shot of old Spar stadium in Shreveport. Was wondering if anyone had any memories or photos of it. I was there when it basically was abandoned and falling apart. It should be on my slte later this week.

    www.ballparks.phanfare.com
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    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

  • #2
    Wow! I just looked at your pics of Chicago Stadium, incredible!

    Great website!:applaud:

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    • #3
      Thanks! I have so much I need to ad to the site.... Chicago stadium was one of my favorite buildings... that place literally ROCKED... noiseist building I ve ever been in.... Chicago stadium and old RFK stadium were the two buildings I ve been in that shook..
      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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      • #4
        So your the guy who runs that site? I love it! Great shots of the boston garden and chicago stadium!
        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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        • #5
          Yea, I am the guy. Glad you like it. I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of different venues that are long gone. And I shot them on film. Digital is making it easier now. Scanning all the photos takes forever....
          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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          • #6
            Yeah I can def. tell the photo quality difference between the newer places you go to with digital and the older places with still cameras. Its fun to see both though. So what was so bad about chicago stadium that they had to tear it down? To small, not enough luxary boxes, or just falling apart?
            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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            • #7
              Lack of luxury boxes and bells and whistles. I loved that building. It was structurally sound but just outdated. Some of my shots were when they auctioned off stuff, and I got to get into places that the public never saw. Inside, there was nothing wrong with it. Now, the Hawks and Bulls play in an aircraft hangar. Yea, its big and more seats etc etc, BUT you lose that edge. Teams hated going into Chicago stadium, Boston garden etc..
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by bnbusser View Post
                Lack of luxury boxes and bells and whistles. I loved that building. It was structurally sound but just outdated. Some of my shots were when they auctioned off stuff, and I got to get into places that the public never saw. Inside, there was nothing wrong with it. Now, the Hawks and Bulls play in an aircraft hangar. Yea, its big and more seats etc etc, BUT you lose that edge. Teams hated going into Chicago stadium, Boston garden etc..
                My ex g/fs dad is from there and he told me it was loud and it would shake so bad that no one wanted to play against chicago in any sports! It's a shame they couldn't do anything with it to keep it, because man was it beautiful!
                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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                • #9
                  I only saw 3 events there ( I live on the west coast). One was a preseason hockey game with St.Louis. And the building literally shook. When the Hawks would score, they would blow that foghorn under the scoreboard. It was deafaning. The Barton organ, if played at full volumne, had the power of 25 - 100 piece brass bands, and would blow out every window in the building.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Can't believe I never went there..... I was born in 82 and I had the chance I guess.

                    Old man didn't like hockey or basketball, though. Plus tickets were hard to come buy I guess.




                    Sorry to hijack!

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                    • #11
                      Yeah I have read where the fog horn was loud and the organ was huge. Must have been good for the home team!
                      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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                      • #12
                        that and the short ice surface.... one other quirk was as a player, you had to go DOWN stairs into the basement to get to the locker room... it was an amazing building... as was the Boston garden, maple leaf gardens, the Montreal forum and olympia in Detroit
                        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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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Yoda View Post
                          Can't believe I never went there..... I was born in 82 and I had the chance I guess.

                          Old man didn't like hockey or basketball, though. Plus tickets were hard to come buy I guess.




                          Sorry to hijack!
                          You aren't hijacking at all! the more the merrier... I am just thankful I have seen a lot of these places...
                          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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                          • #14
                            checked out your site

                            It was really great. You have been taking photos for a long time. I really like the more obscure indoor arenas. My favorite is of the Minneapolis Auditorium.
                            It was the first arena I ever went to but it wasn't for a game. When I was 11(1971) and several years after, my dad and brother and myself went the seasonal sports show. A huge convention held all the boats or resort kiosks but they would have entertainment at the Auditorium. It really off kilter stuff. The two things I remember a guy doing fishing line tricks, a comedy routine with a man and a dog where the dog would do nothing but the guy would be all enuthiasic. He kept saying "thataboy Louie".

                            I wish my dad still around because I would call him and ask him what other acts were there because I know he would have remembered every one. Thanks for the memory.

                            PS The Minneapolis Auditorium did look alot like Philadelphia's Civic Center. My guess is that Baltimore Arena looks pretty much the same too.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dougman59 View Post
                              It was really great. You have been taking photos for a long time. I really like the more obscure indoor arenas. My favorite is of the Minneapolis Auditorium.
                              It was the first arena I ever went to but it wasn't for a game. When I was 11(1971) and several years after, my dad and brother and myself went the seasonal sports show. A huge convention held all the boats or resort kiosks but they would have entertainment at the Auditorium. It really off kilter stuff. The two things I remember a guy doing fishing line tricks, a comedy routine with a man and a dog where the dog would do nothing but the guy would be all enuthiasic. He kept saying "thataboy Louie".

                              I wish my dad still around because I would call him and ask him what other acts were there because I know he would have remembered every one. Thanks for the memory.

                              PS The Minneapolis Auditorium did look alot like Philadelphia's Civic Center. My guess is that Baltimore Arena looks pretty much the same too.

                              Glad you liked the site... yea the old aud looked a lot like convention hall in Philadelphia.. the Baltimore arena is still standing too...
                              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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