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  • #46
    Originally posted by otis89 View Post
    Which stadium's scoreboard has never been hit by a home run?
    Which stadium's scoreboard has been hit? Besides Fenway, I cant think of any.
    www.twitter.com/jasonrosko

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    • #47
      Originally posted by skobabe8 View Post
      Which stadium's scoreboard has been hit? Besides Fenway, I cant think of any.
      This one been hit...



      and this one...



      So has this one long gone...



      Lots of the older ballparks had their main scoreboards built into the outfield walls--and they were routinely hit: Shibe Park, Ebbets Field, Forbes Field, Griffith Stadium...
      Last edited by Elvis; 06-03-2007, 01:26 PM.

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      • #48
        And I thought this was useless trivia... A couple of years ago I took B.P. at Comerica Park, and I found out that the out-of-town scoreboard (which was replaced this year, apparently) used 40 watt bulbs to show the digits and team abbreviations.
        "Straight ball I hit it very much, curveball, bats are afraid"

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        • #49
          Originally posted by otis89 View Post
          Which stadium's scoreboard has never been hit by a home run?
          The polo grounds. the scoreboard out in centerfield in 1962 and 1963 when the mets played there was 505ft from homeplate and also was the clubhouse.
          There was only 3 times that a homerun was hit in the centerfield bleachers in the majors. there was one time that a player in the negro leagues hit a homerun in the bleachers at the polo grounds in the 1940s.
          LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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          • #50
            The one at Comerica was the biggest at the time it was constructed. Don't know how long that lasted, and just being the biggest isn't anything to be proud of, any more than having a carousel.

            Here's that behemoth from underneath:
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            "Someone asked me if I took steroids. I said, 'No. I had a contract with Wheaties.'"
            --Bob Feller

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            • #51
              Originally posted by 2Chance View Post
              The one at Comerica was the biggest at the time it was constructed. Don't know how long that lasted, and just being the biggest isn't anything to be proud of, any more than having a carousel.

              Here's that behemoth from underneath:
              That claim was always a joke. The structure was perhaps the biggest, but the actual scoreboard was and is pretty small by comparative standards.

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              • #52
                These are mostly images I have previously posted in other threads, but are all appropriate for this great new topic:





                These are my recreations of the main and auxilliary scoreboards at Yankee Stadium during the 1960's. I originally created these as improvements to the ones that were made for the Yankee Stadium model by Bauer Diamonds.

                An interesting bit of low-tech trivia: in order to show which team was at bat, the team names signs would rotate with the name of the batting team indicated in RED.
                This was seen on both field-level boards as well on the main scoreboard in both the line score and the batting order sections (My main scoreboard illustration is therefore wrong for showing the Yanks at bat as it was created way before my research was complete).



                Finally, here is a photo of Mickey Mantle at bat on August 28th, 1966 against the Tigers taken by my father. The massive Stadium scoreboard looms like a gigantic computer in right-center and if you can just barely make out the "Yanks" and "New York" being darker (red) on all the boards to show they are at bat.

                Dennis
                BrooklynDodger14
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                Last edited by brooklyndodger14; 06-06-2007, 04:20 AM. Reason: forgot signature

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                • #53
                  Those are fabulous pictures of the old yankee stadium scoreboard C60

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by KingNothing13 View Post
                    How about pics from inside the manual scoreboards?

                    I have seen Fenway many times, but never inside the one in Wrigley.

                    inside of wrigley scoreboard
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                    • #55
                      Great photos from inside the Wrigley scoreboard.
                      Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
                      www.brooklyndodgermemories.com

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                      • #56
                        Great photos from inside the Wrigley scoreboard.
                        Very cool pics. I wonder how hot it gets in there in the summer.

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                        • #57
                          i heard that it gets extremely hot and stuffy on hot and humid days.

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                          • #58
                            I'm not trying to sell any of this stuff, but thought it was interesting when I was Googling something else that these came up. They're selling replicas of bygone scoreboards & clocks. Apparently somebody knows that these things are of interest to a certain segment of the population.

                            Polo Grounds


                            Ebbets Field


                            Crosley Field


                            Sportsman's Park

                            There are a couple more, but you get the idea.

                            Hey, wait a minute.....is is ALWAYS ten after ten?
                            "Someone asked me if I took steroids. I said, 'No. I had a contract with Wheaties.'"
                            --Bob Feller

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                            • #59
                              Here are a couple of unusual views of the scoreboard at Comerica Park, taken the first Saturday of this month:
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                              "Someone asked me if I took steroids. I said, 'No. I had a contract with Wheaties.'"
                              --Bob Feller

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                              • #60
                                ...and the second one.
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                                "Someone asked me if I took steroids. I said, 'No. I had a contract with Wheaties.'"
                                --Bob Feller

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