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Classic Ballparks

 

     As baseball's popularity soared at the turn of the century, owners of major league teams began looking to build larger stadia for their teams.  America's classic ballparks started with Shibe Park in Philadelphia in 1909.  At the time, building a huge, 20,000 seat, concrete and steel ballpark was seen as a daring act of faith, but the success of the Athletics and Phillies there ushered in a brand new era in ballpark construction.

     Wooden firetraps were torn down, and between 1909 and 1923 15 new concrete-and-steel ballparks were erected.  Philadelphia, St. Louis, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Boston and Chicago - all added new parks, and no two were alike.  They were shaped by the confining street blocks on which they were located, and the odd shapes and unique characteristics gave them a character that escaped the cookie-cutter stadiums of the 1970s and 1980s.

     Attending a game at one of these classic ballparks is an experience that passes down from generation to generation.  Today, just three of these heirlooms are left - Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field

 

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