Flamingo Field

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Flamingo Field
Former names Flamingo Park
Location 15th St & N Michigan Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Coordinates 25°47′9″N 80°8′16″W / 25.78583°N 80.13778°W / 25.78583; -80.13778Coordinates: 25°47′9″N 80°8′16″W / 25.78583°N 80.13778°W / 25.78583; -80.13778
Capacity 3,000
Field size Left Field - 335 ft
Center Field - 386 ft
Right Field - ft
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1925
Tenants
New York Giants (NL) (spring training) (1934-1935)
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) (spring training) (1940-1942, 1946)
Miami Beach Tigers/Flamingos (FECL) (1940-1942)
Miami Beach Flamingos (FIL) (1946-1952, 1954)
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) (spring training) (1947)

Flamingo Field was a ballpark at the corner of 15th Street and Michigan Avenue[1] in Miami Beach, Florida home to Miami Beach minor-league clubs and the spring training home of the New York Giants in 1934 and 1935, the Philadelphia Phillies from 1940 to 1942, and again in 1946, and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. Capacity was approximately 3,000 for baseball. The center field fence was 386 feet from homeplate.[2] The park was also referred to as "Flamingo Park" which is also the name of the area in which it was located.

Flamingo Field was home to the Class D Florida East Coast League Miami Tigers in 1940, who changed their nickname to the Miami Beach Flamingos in 1941 and won the League championship that year. The FECL folded in May 1942 due to World War II. After the War, the Flamingos joined the new Class C Florida International League in 1946. The Flamingos played the 1952 season, sat-out 1953, and rejoined in 1954 only to move across Biscayne Bay to Miami during the 1954 season.

In addition to baseball, the field was used for multiple purposes. Duquesne practiced at Flamingo Field in December 1936 prior to the 1937 Orange Bowl.[3] The Georgia Bulldogs football team practiced at Flamingo Field in December 1941 prior to the 1942 Orange Bowl[4] in which they defeated TCU.

When the Phillies held spring training at the ballpark in 1942, box seats cost $1.65, the grandstand was $1.10, and bleacher seats $0.55.[5]

In 1956, the field was rundown but was being used by the Miami Beach and St. Patrick's high school baseball teams.

Current Structure[edit]

In 1967, the City of Miami Beach constructed a new ballpark on the site of the old Flamingo Park. The new park sat 535 and did not have locker-rooms which was sufficient for recreation and amateur baseball but would prevent the park from attracting major league clubs.[6] In September 1968, there was talk of the expansion Montreal Expos conducting spring training at Flamingo Park if other options did not work out for the club.[7] In November 1968, the New York Mets considered training at Flamingo Park in 1969 despite the size. The idea was vetoed by the Miami Beach Director of Parks and Recreation who wanted to reserve the field for local use.[8]

This structure and the field remain today.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Halpern, Phil (1956-04-25). "High Cost May Have Killed Proposed Beach Ball Park". Miami Daily News. 
  2. ^ Weinstein, Sanford (1941-03-28). "Phillies' Rally Falls Short, Newark Cops". Miami News. p. 2. 
  3. ^ Niles, Bernard (1936-12-27). "Team Drills on Flamingo Field Tuesday". Miami News. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Georgia on Game's Scene". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1941-12-27. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  5. ^ Miami Daily News. 1942-03-23. p. 2-B http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=908tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=d9QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6499,4843858&dq=phils&hl=en |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ Tommy Fitzgerald (1967-04-06). "Beach's New Ballpark: No Room for Crowds". Miami Daily News. p. 1-C. 
  7. ^ Jim Huber (1968-09-28). "Beach May Get Expos if Lake Worth Fails". Miami Daily News. p. 2-B. 
  8. ^ Jim Huber (1968-11-26). "Mets Losing Fight to Play At Beach". Miami Daily News. p. 3-B. 

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