Charles A. Weeghman owner of the Federal League team, Chicago Chi-Feds, played their home opener on April 23, 1914, in Weeghman Field In 1915 the Federal League folded. Weeghman then formed a syndicate including the chewing gum manufacturer William Wrigley Jr. to buy the Chicago Cubs from Charles P. Taft. The start of the 1916 season the Cubs moved from the West Side Grounds to Weeghman Field. In 1926, the ballpark was renamed “Wrigley Field.”
In 1963 I shot a Shea Stadium being constructed, i was 16 at the time. I also went to the next to last game at Shea and shot not the field but the interior that the fans see on at ballpark but never notice that it is also what makes a stadium.
Three weeks ago on my twitter page ( https://twitter.com/ballparkprints ) I created “The Weekend Photographers Corner.” The first two photographers I selected Ernst Hass, and Dan Budnik
Last Sunday I selected Philippe Halsman 1906 -1979 http://philippehalsman.com/ as this weeks photographer who’s work is amazing, and as fresh today as was when he created in his studio, on location, and the darkroom..
This week while watching Jeopardy April 16, one of the categories was “Staff of Life and the $1600 question:
1954 Philippe Halsman Snapped This Carmen Jones Actress, The First Black Woman On A Life Cover
I was surprised to see his name no even tried to answer the question and I knew I pick was the right one for this weekend
The answer is to the question is one of these images…..
Enjoy, and seek out more of his work, Ernst Hass, Dan Budnik and I hope you join me next week for ??????
How did I miss yesterday April 17? On April 17,1964, five days before the New York World Fair would be open to the public Shea Stadium opened with the Mets losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 before a crowd of 50,312.
Originally posted on MURRAY COOK'S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG:
Back in 2005 I started Blogging for MLB.com. My good friend Mark Newman thought a grounds keeping blog might be pretty unique to provide information to folks around the world related to taking care of sports fields and or your homelawn. I’ve been asked some fun questions about my blog ( that I write out of the love for educating folks about the sportsturf industry). Looking back at 2005 when I started and at a few of the early blog stories I came across one that highlighted some facts about natural grass. A lot has happened in 9 years but one constant has been the evolution of better, stronger and more durable turfgrasses for our baseball fields.
During this crazy spring weather where we are seeing temps go from 80 degrees to 30 with snow the OVERNIGHT, i take my hat off to all the natural grass turf managers that get…
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As a long time Yankee Ticket Plan holder, I got to see allot great moments on the field and Mattingly and Winfield tipping their ball caps to the fans ranks right up there If Don Mattingly was schedule to bat in the bottom of 9th the fans (me) would always stay and watch him bat. You always felt that he could do something to turn the game around and get us a win.
I’m an American League fan but if Mattingly get the Dodgers into the World Series and it is against any AL team but mine I am rooting for him…
Originally posted on Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine:
Twenty years ago, Mattingly edged out teammate Dave Winfield for the American League batting title on the last day of the regular season.
In my conversation with Mattingly, he spoke about the first time he realized that he and Winfield were atop the batting charts in 1984.
“At some time in June, Dave and I were asked to pose for a Sports Illustrated photo together,” said Mattingly, who is the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “I didn’t think about it as a serious competition. We were on the same team, and we were trying to win games. I wasn’t really competing with Dave, and I didn’t…
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For sometime now the staff that has created MLB’s schedule have been doing and awful job.
Today’s New York Times:
Mets Hit Batter in 11th, Sending Angels to Victory
A baseball analytics blog from Vince Gennaro, president of the Society for American Baseball Research and author of Diamond Dollar$: The Economics of Winning in Baseball
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Let’s be honest, this winter was a bummer and I could not wait until pitchers and catchers reported. Shortly after they reported we hit the road and spent the month of March in Florida visiting spring training ballparks. Now the 2014 baseball season is off and running I feel rejuvenated.
This panoramic image was taken March 4th, at Champion Stadium the spring training home of the Braves….
The Indians trade Gold Glove first baseman Vic Power and left-handed pitcher Dick Stigman(image is of Stigman pitching to Maris with Mantle on deck 1961) to the Twins for pitcher 20-game loser Pedro Ramos, who will compile a 26-30 record during his 2+ seasons with the Tribe. Power will contribute 2+ solid seasons with Minnesota batting .278, and their new southpaw will post a .702 winning percentage, the best in the American League this season, winning 12 of 17 decisions.