Union Park (Baltimore)

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Exterior of Union Park in 1895.

Union Park is the name of a former baseball ground located in Baltimore, Maryland. The ground was home to the Baltimore Orioles during their first "glory years" in the 1890s. It was located at 25th and Barclay St.

The Orioles opened this park during the 1891 season, abandoning Oriole Park. Their first game there was on May 11, 1891, an 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Browns in front of over 10,000 fans (http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rJFDAAAAIBAJ&sjid=grkMAAAAIBAJ&pg=7081%2C3981859). At that time they were playing in the then-major American Association. After that season, the Association folded, and four of its teams were absorbed into the National League, including the Orioles. The Orioles became a perennial contender during that time. Despite that success, they were dropped when the National League contracted after the 1899 season. The legacy of those Orioles lived on through the later achievements of their many Hall of Fame players, such as John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson, Hughie Jennings and Willie Keeler.

Sources[edit]

  • Bready, James H. (1958). The Home Team: A Full Century of Baseball in Baltimore, 1859-1959. 

Coordinates: 39°19′5″N 76°36′46″W / 39.31806°N 76.61278°W / 39.31806; -76.61278