Sunday, April 24, 2011
April 18-24, 2011 Major league parks re-named for team owners.
Q. What arena saw its first major league night game played after 74 years of day games?
Hint: It used to be Steve Bartman’s favorite place to watch a game.
SABR Hint: It’s famous for its ivy on the outfield walls.
Twint: It hosted the second annual National Hockey League Winter Classic in 2009.
First Correct Respondent - David Serota, Kalamazoo
Q. Where did Don Denkinger make his infamous call?
Hint: Nolan Ryan threw his first no-hitter there.
SABR Hint: It recently underwent a $250,000,000 renovation.
Twint: The 2012 All-Star game will be held there.
FCR - Rick Zucker, St. Louis
Q. What stadium got its name because the National League wouldn’t allow it to be called “Budweiser Stadium”?
Hint: Six World Series were played there.
SABR Hint: An All-Star game was once played there when the temperature on the field was 106° F at game time.
Twint: The team and city built a new stadium next door, but didn’t change the stadium’s name.
Twint: A World Series has already been played in the new stadium.
A. Busch Stadium, St. Louis (Busch Bavarian Beer; 1966 ASG; WS 1967, '68, '82, '85, '87, & 2004; 2006)
FCR - Andrew Borders, Princeton, NJ
Q. The decrepitude of which park was used as a weak excuse to threaten to move a major league team to Tampa?
Hint: This was only one of many excused used, all equally weak.
SABR Hint: It was frequently called "The Baseball Palace of the World".
Twint: It was the site of the first ever All-Star Game.
FCR - Gregg Gaylord, Chicago
Q. Which stadium’s roof was used to combat an aphid infestation?
Hint: Jay Buhner hit the first triple there, his only triple that season.
Hint: Rod Stewart headlined the first concert held there.
SABR Hint: The Buffalo Bills play home games there.
Twint: It was the first stadium to have a fully-retractable motorized roof.
A. Rogers Centre, Toronto (Aphids 03-Aug-2001; 3b 18-Jun-1989; Bills games began 07‑Dec‑2008 and are one game per year, the first time an NFL team has established a “home” series outside the U.S.; Concert 08-Jun-1989)
FCR - Bruce Berger, Ft. Collins, CO
Q. Which park had a 33’ high “Spite Fence”?
Hint: It was host to the first night All-Star game.
SABR Hint: The original statue of its owner now sits outside another major league stadium.
Twint: The statue shows him as tall and tactical.
A. Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia né Shibe Park (High fence built to block the view from the houses across 20th street; ASG 1943; statue outside Citizens Bank Park)
FCR - Dave MacEntee, Beacon, NY
Q. On the original grounds of what stadium is Howard University Hospital now located?
Hint: It was where the concept of a “tape measure home run” was invented.
SABR Hint: It was also home to a major baseball team that had moved from Pittsburgh.
Twint: It was the home to a major football team that had moved from Boston.
FCR - Jim Casey, Savannah, GA
Q. Where did Chuck Klein play his first major league game?
Hint: It had a 60’ high right field wall 280’ from home plate.
SABR Hint: It was the site of Babe Ruth’s first postseason appearance.
Twint: The 1924 Colored World Series was held there, owing to its larger capacity.
FCR - Leonard Krugel, Austin
Q. Where was the first major league night game played?
Hint: Three weeks before its opening, it was flooded by the Mill Creek Flood.
SABR Hint: Bobby Bonds was the last batter there.
SABR Hint: It was known for a decade a “The Palace of the Fans”.
Twint: After being decommissioned as a stadium, it was used by the city as an impound lot.
A. Crosley Field, Cincinnati (Night game 24-May-1925; MCF; 24-Jun-1970; POTF 1902-1911 was actually its predecessor. [The hint was in error.]; Impound lot 1970-72)
FCR - Prisco Panza, Milford, CT
Q. Which stadium’s demise was featured in Eminem’s hit “Beautiful”?
Hint: It was declared a state historic site in 1975.
Hint: It was listed as a national historic place in 1989.
SABR Hint: It was located at the corner of ___________ and ___________.
Twint: 11,111 home runs were hit there.
Twint: It opened the same day as did Fenway Park.
Twint: It was renamed from the previous owner to the new owner.
A. Briggs Stadium, Detroit (Michigan and Trumbull; Navin Field)
FCR - Jim Ewalt, Alexandria, VA
Q. At which stadium did the only World Series triple play occur?
Hint: Slim Caldwell was hit by a bolt of lightning there during his debut game with the team.
SABR Hint: During his 7-0 run there, Walter Mails posted a sparkling 1.85 ERA.
SABR Hint: The only two right-handed hitters to homers over the 45’ right field wall were both pitchers.
Twint: The Tigers, Bulldogs and Indians all played NFL games there.
A. Dunn Field, Cleveland (1920 WS TP 10-Oct-1920; Mails; 24-Sep-1920; Pitcher HRs Walter Johnson 19-May-1925 & Smokey Joe Wood 28-Aug-1921)
FCR - Leonard Levin, Providence
WEEKLY THEME – Major league parks re-named for team owners. Not all the re-christenings were official.
Venue City/Team Originally Owner
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Carle, Lee's Summit, MO (after the Kauffman question)