Hilldale Park

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Hilldale Park
Location Chester and Cedar Avenues
Darby, Pennsylvania
Capacity 8,000
Field size

Left - 315 ft.
Center - 400 ft.

Right - 370 ft.
Surface grass
Opened 1914
Tenants
Hilldale Club

Hilldale Park was a ballpark in Darby, Pennsylvania at the corner of Chester and Cedar Avenues. It was the home field of the Hilldale Daisies professional baseball team which played in the Negro Leagues between 1910 and 1932. The ballpark opened in 1914. It is said to have had a well-manicured field. A large tree stood in center-field, the branches of which overlooked the field and were considered in play.[1]

Hilldale's average attendance at Hilldale Park was 1,844 per-game in 1926 and 1,371 in 1929.[2]

Contemporary Honors and Celebrations[edit]

Historical Marker

On October 14, 2006, over 500 individuals gathered for the dedication of a Pennsylvania Historical marker at the former site of the ballpark. The ceremony was attended by Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson, former Phillies player Garry Maddox, and Gene Dias, Phillies director of community relations,. Also attending were the four living members of the Negro League Philadelphia Stars, Bill Cash, Mahlon Duckett, Stanley Glenn, and Harold Gould, and Ray Mackey, great grandnephew of former Hilldale and Stars player Biz Mackey. Area businessman John Bossong led the effort for the historical marker. [3]

The marker is titled, "The Hilldale Athletic Club (The Darby Daisies)" and the text reads,

This baseball team, whose home was here at Hilldale Park, won the Eastern Colored League championship three times and the 1925 Negro League World Series. Darby fielded Negro League teams from 1910 to 1932. Notable players included baseball hall of fame members Pop Lloyd, Judy Johnson, Martin Dihigo, Joe Williams, Oscar Charleston, Ben Taylor, Biz Mackey, and Louis Santop. Owner Ed Bolden helped form the Eastern Colored League. [4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Westcott, Rich (2001). A Century of Philadelphia Sports. Temple University Press. p. 65. ISBN 1-56639-861-4. 
  2. ^ Lanctot, Neil (2004). Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-8122-2027-8. 
  3. ^ Santoliquito, Joseph (2006-10-14). "Phillies honor Darby Hilldales' legend: Organization pays tribute to 1925 Negro League champs". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  4. ^ "The Hilldale Athletic Club (The Darby Daisies)". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 2006-10-14. Retrieved 2009-02-03. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 39°55′23″N 75°15′22″W / 39.923°N 75.256°W / 39.923; -75.256