List of baseball parks in Detroit

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This is a list of venues used for professional baseball in Detroit, Michigan. The information is a compilation of the information contained in the references listed.

Recreation Park
Occupants:
Detroit Wolverines - National League (1881–1888)
Detroit - International League (1889–1890)
Location: Brady Street (south, home plate); Beaubien Street (east, right field); Harper Hospital and John R Street (west, left field); Brush Street T-intersecting Brady from the south (southwest, third base side); location often given as "Brady and Brush Streets." About 18 blocks north-northwest along Brady from the site of Comerica Park
Currently: Approximate ballpark site occupied by Children's Hospital of Michigan, part of Detroit Medical Center
Riverside Park
Occupant: Detroit - Northwestern League (1891 part season)
Location: "between Jefferson Avenue and Detroit River, across from Belle Isle" (Okkonen)
Currently: Owen Park
Boulevard Park
Occupant: Detroit Tigers - Western League (1894–1895)
Location: north side of Champlain Street (now East Lafayette Street - home plate) between Grand Boulevard (right field) and Helen Avenue (left field); location usually given as "Lafayette (or Champlain) and Helen"
Currently: Church of the Messiah (Episcopal), residential, vacant lot
Bennett Park
Occupant: Detroit Tigers - Western League (1896–1899) / American League (1900 [as minor league], 1901–1911)
Location: Trumbull Avenue (east, first base); Michigan Avenue (south, third base); Cherry Street (north, beyond right field); National Avenue (west, beyond left field). On same site as later Navin Field/Briggs Stadium/Tiger Stadium.
Currently: Vacant lot
Tiger Stadium prev. Briggs Stadium, Navin Field
Occupant: Detroit Tigers - American League (1912–1999)
Location: 2121 Trumbull Avenue (east, right field); Michigan Avenue (south, first base); Cherry Street (later Kaline Drive - north, left field); National Avenue (later Cochrane Street - west, third base). On same site as earlier Bennett Park - stands demolished and rebuilt, and home plate moved from southeast corner to southwest corner of site.
Currently: Vacant lot
Burns Park (Detroit, Michigan)
Occupant: Detroit Tigers AL (1901–1902, Sundays only)
Location: north of Dix Avenue (part of which is now known as Vernor Highway); west of Livernois Avenue; near the northern end of Waterman Street; "near the stockyards in Springwells Township, just past the Detroit city line" (Benson) - Okkonen indicates south corner of Waterman and Vernor
Currently: Industrial area near rail yards
Mack Park
Occupant: Detroit Stars - Negro National League (1920–1931)
Location: southeast corner of Mack Avenue and Fairview Street; just north of Southeastern High School
Currently: Fairview Apartments
Hamtramck Stadium
Occupants:
Detroit Wolves - Negro East-West League (1932 part season)
Detroit Stars - Negro National League (1933)
Location: in Hamtramck, Michigan - A block east of Joseph Campau Street near Dan Street (southwest, home plate); Berres Street (dead ends to the west); Roosevelt Street (northwest)
Currently: Veterans Memorial Park baseball field; Keywworth Stadium is just to the northeast
Dequindre Park
Occupant: Detroit Stars - Negro American League (1937)
Location: Dequindre Avenue (east); Modern Street (south); Orleans Street (southwest); Riopelle Street (also southwest); south of Six Mile (McNichols) Road; roughly 2½ miles northwest of Hamtramck Stadium
Currently: Caramagno Foods facility
Comerica Park
Occupant: Detroit Tigers - AL (2000–present)
Location: 2100 Woodward Avenue (ballpark is actually one block east of Woodward); Witherell Street (west, right field); East Adams Avenue (south, center field); Brush Street (east, left field); East Montcalm Street (north, home plate)

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References[edit]

  • Peter Filichia, Professional Baseball Franchises, Facts on File, 1993.
  • Benson, Michael (1989). Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards, and Stadiums, 1845 to Present. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 0-89950-367-5. 
  • Lowry, Philip J. (1992). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 271 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-56777-6. 
  • Okkonen, Marc, Minor League Baseball Towns of Michigan, Dickinson Press, 1997.
  • Baseball Memories, by Marc Okkonen, Sterling Publishing, 1992.