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.
A.         Wrigley Field, Chicago (First game with lights 08-Aug-1988; Ivy; NHL game)
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.
A.         Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (WS call 26-Oct-1985; No-hitter 15-May-1973)
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.
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.
A.         Comiskey Park, Chicago (ASG 1933)
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.
A.         Griffith Stadium, Washington (Hospital; Tape-measure HR; Homestead Grays; Washington Redskins)
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.
A.         Baker Bowl, Philadelphia (30-Jul-1928;  WS Game 1, as a 9th inning pinch hitter 08-Oct-1915)
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
Baker Bowl                   Philadelphia Phillies     National League Park     William F. Baker
Busch Stadium              St. Louis Cardinals       Sportsmans Park          Augie Busch
Briggs Stadium             Detroit Tigers               Navin Field                    Walter Briggs
Comiskey Park              Chicago White Sox      White Sox Park             Charles Comiskey
Connie Mack Stadium    Philadelphia A’s           Shibe Park                    Connie Mack
Crosley Field                 Cincinnati Reds            Redland Field                Powel Crosley
Dunn Field                    Cleveland Indians         League Park                  Jim Dunn
Griffith Stadium             Washington Senators   Boundary Field              Clark Griffith
Kauffman Stadium        Kansas City Royals      Royals Stadium             Ewing Kauffman
Rogers Centre               Toronto Blue Jays        SkyDome                     Ted Rogers
Wrigley Field                 Chicago Cubs              Weeghman Park            Philip Wrigley

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Carle, Lee's Summit, MO (after the Kauffman question)

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