Columbia Park

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Columbia Park
Columbia Park Philadelphia.jpg
Columbia Park in 1907.
Location 2900 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121
Owner Philadelphia Athletics
Capacity 9,500 (1901)
13,600 (1905)
Field size Left Field - 340 ft
Left Center - 392 ft
Deep Left Center - 440 ft
Center Field - 396 ft
Right Center - 323 ft
Right Field - 280 ft
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1900
Opened April 26, 1901
Closed October 3, 1908
Demolished 1912
Construction cost US$35,000
($992 thousand in 2014 dollars[1])
Tenants
Philadelphia Athletics (MLB) (1901-1908)
Philadelphia Giants (Independent) (1902-1908)
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (August 20-September 10, 1903)
Philadelphia Athletics (NFL) (1902)

Columbia Park or Columbia Avenue Grounds was a baseball stadium that formerly stood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the first home of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team from the team's founding in 1901 until their move to Shibe Park in 1909.

Columbia Park was on the block bordered by North 29th Street, Columbia Avenue (now Cecil B. Moore Avenue), North 30th Street, and Oxford Street in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia (beer sales were prohibited in the park). The cost of construction was $35,000. The stadium was very small, and originally had a seating capacity of only 9,500. This was eventually increased to 13,600 by the addition of bleacher seating in the outfield. During some sold out games, unofficial additional seating could be found on top of the adjoining homes. There was only one dressing room, for the home team; visiting teams had to change at their hotels.

The opening game in Columbia Park was held on April 26, 1901, after the first two games were rained out. The Athletics played the Washington Nationals (Senators) in front of an overflow crowd of 10,524, with some fans standing on the outfield walls and the roofs of nearby houses. The Athletics lost 5-1, despite three hits by second baseman Nap Lajoie.

Conference on the field during a 1905 World Series game at Columbia Park.

The Athletics won two American League pennants in Columbia Park, one in 1902 and one in 1905. The 1905 World Series was held in the Park; the Athletics lost to the New York Giants 4 games to 1.

The stadium also briefly served as the home of the Philadelphia Athletics football club, before the team folded in 1902. The Athletics leased the ballpark to the independent Negro League club, the Philadelphia Giants. The Giants played at the ballpark while the Athletics were on the road. The Giants were the first club to play night-baseball in Philadelphia when they played under portable lights on June 4, 1902. The Philadelphia Phillies temporarily called Columbia Park home in 1903 while Baker Bowl was repaired after a balcony collapse on August 8, 1903.[2] The Phillies played sixteen games at Columbia Park in August and September 1903.[3]

The final game played at the park took place on October 3, 1908; the visiting Boston Americans defeated the Athletics 5-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. The lack of seating at Columbia Park was the main reason the Athletics left for Shibe Park. After the Athletics left, the park was almost entirely abandoned. Columbia Park was eventually demolished in the 1910s to make way for new homes.

The sod from Columbia Park was transplanted to Shibe Park after the 1908 season.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Macht, Norman L.; Connie Mack, III (2007). Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball. University of Nebraska Press. p. 316. ISBN 0-8032-3263-2. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Alternate Site Games Since 1901". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  4. ^ Frommer, Harvey (2008). Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball. University of Nebraska Press. p. 23. ISBN 0-8032-1862-1. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 

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Preceded by
first ballpark
Home of the Philadelphia Athletics
19011908
Succeeded by
Shibe Park

Coordinates: 39°58′52″N 75°10′58″W / 39.98111°N 75.18278°W / 39.98111; -75.18278