American League Park

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American League Park
American League Park I
LocationCorner of Florida Avenue NE and Trinidad Avenue NE, Washington DC
Coordinates38°54′6″N 76°59′12″W / 38.90167°N 76.98667°W / 38.90167; -76.98667Coordinates: 38°54′6″N 76°59′12″W / 38.90167°N 76.98667°W / 38.90167; -76.98667
TypeBaseball Field
SurfaceGrass
Opened1901
Closed1903
Tenants
1901-1903:American League's Washington Senators

American League Park, known by historians as American League Park I, was a baseball park that formerly stood in Washington, D.C., at the corner of Florida Avenue and Trinidad Avenue NE on land previously belonging to the Washington Brick Company.[1] It hosted the Washington Senators from the 1901 season through the 1903 season.

On March 20, 1901, the District Commissioners granted permission to the American League to establish a baseball park at the location following an application including plans and specifications for the grand stand and the other supporting structures. Snowden Ashford was the Building Inspector who handled the case. The land had been previously occupied by the Washington Brick Company in an area sparsely built at the time; the closest buildings were located more than 50 feet from the outlines of the grounds. Therefore it was considered that it would not cause more menace to the area then if a lumber yard was established there. No specific regulations for the establishment of baseball grounds were in place in the District of Columbia at the time. No opposition from nearby landowners was received, therefore permission was granted.[2]

The grandstands were made out of wood as most ballparks of the time. The left-field line ran North-South with the left-field measuring 290 feet.[3]

Boundary Field, in Northwest DC, had been the preferred site for the American League Senators, but its usage had been blocked by the National League, which still had rights to the site despite no longer having a franchise in Washington. Once peace was reached between the leagues, the Senators moved to that site for the 1904 season, which became known as American League Park II or National Park. The stands from American League Park I were transported to the new location along with the team.[4] By 1907, there was no longer a baseball field on the site.[5]

Preceded by
First park
Home of the
American League
Washington Senators

1901 – 1903
Succeeded by
Boundary Field

References[edit]

  1. ^ Image 59 of Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia - 1904
  2. ^ Affairs of the District - The Evening Times - March 20, 1901 - page 8
  3. ^ Ballparks of the Deadball Era: A Comprehensive Study of Their Dimensions, Configurations and Effects on Batting, 1901–1919 by Ronald M. Selter - Introduction - Page 8
  4. ^ "Griffith Stadium". Project Ballpark. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Why Is It Named Trinidad?". Ghosts of DC. Retrieved February 23, 2016.