League Park (Akron)

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League Park
League Park
Location Akron, Ohio
Coordinates 41°4′30″N 81°29′58″W / 41.07500°N 81.49944°W / 41.07500; -81.49944Coordinates: 41°4′30″N 81°29′58″W / 41.07500°N 81.49944°W / 41.07500; -81.49944
Owner Akron, Ohio
Operator Akron Pros
Capacity 5,000 (American football and Baseball)
Surface Grass
Opened May 6, 1906
Tenants
Akron Pros
Akron Black Tyrites (1933)[1]
Akron Yankees

League Park refers to two former American football and baseball stadiums located in Akron, Ohio. The original League Park was located at the corner of Carroll St. and Beaver St.; the newer stadium was on Lakeshore Blvd. between W. Long St. and W. Crosier St.[1]

Tenants[edit]

The stadiums were home to the Akron Pros of the National Football League from 1916 to 1926. In 1933, the Akron Black Tyrites, a Negro league baseball team, played their home games here.[1] It also hosted the Akron Yankees of the Middle Atlantic League, as well as various other minor league baseball team in Akron.

Capacity[edit]

The later stadium had a capacity of 5,000 spectators.

Characteristics[edit]

The second League Park was built on land that had a sharp drop-off directly behind the left field fence. This led to the left field wall slanting backwards at such an angle that outfielders could easily run up the wall, using it as a ramp, and catch fly balls that would have otherwise left the park. Since balls hit to left could literally roll up and over the fence, a rule was necessary declaring such hits a ground-rule double.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lowry, Philip J. (2006). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of Major League and Negro League Ballparks. New York: Walker Publishing Company, Inc. p. 1. ISBN 0-8027-1562-1. 

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