Friday, August 22, 2014

Hilltop Park

Hilltop Park, home of the New York AL team that was sometimes called the Highlanders, was situated on high ground in Manhattan, as opposed to the low ground below Coogan's Bluff, where the NY Giants played. There were two interesting things I noticed right off the bat (groan) about this park. One was the serpentine ramp leading up to the top of the stands. Very cool! Second was the entrance building that we've all seen in photos. I was really looking forward to rendering those huge letters announcing 'American League Park'… Alas, the building was quite small compared to the rest of the park, so it really wasn't all that much fun to depict. Enjoy!
Hilltop Park at ThereUsedToBeABallpark.com



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Announcing a New Line of Posters

There Used to be a Ballpark and Ballparks of Baseball. New 11 x 14 posters, each devoted to one ballpark. This way I'm not limited to the four ballparks per poster rule of my previous offerings. I've got  some renderings of some pretty obscure dead ball parks that ballpark nuts will surely appreciate!!
ThereUsedToBeaBallpark.com

There's more than 56 ballparks available as of right now, and I'll be working on some more dead ball parks coming up too. Take a look!!!!





Friday, March 8, 2013

West Side Grounds















Here's a great photo of the main entrance of the West Side Grounds. I'd love to see a better pic of the statues on the roof. The flags are celebrating their 1908 championship.
















And here's a look at the unique dugouts they had there. The stands at one time stopped at the line of the dugouts, and when they extended them, they put fabric triangles up to keep the fans from interacting heavily with the players.






















This photo shows the bleachers that were constructed over the center field clubhouse. Take note of the differing rake of the grandstand. Once it reaches the roof of the building, it becomes shallower. The championship flag has just been raised on the flagpole. These three photos are from the Chicago Daily News collection at the Library of Congress website.









And finally, here's a HUGE file of a panorama from the LOC's panorama photo collection. It's even larger on their website (a 128mb tiff!) That championship flag is out there waving proudly.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Upcoming Jackie Robinson Movie

This movie looks simply fantastic. In this trailer alone I see faithful recreations of Ebbets Field, Sportsman's Park, Forbes Field and the Polo Grounds. There may be more in there. Looks like Hollywood put up the big bucks and really did it right. Can't wait to see it.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Parking


















This is a fun shot from the Shorpy website.
April 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Automobiles at ballpark, opening game, Nationals-Athletics."
Next time you have to park at the ballpark think of this!
Make sure you click on the photo at the Shorpy site for the super sized version.
Shorpy is a terrific resource for old glass plate photos from the Library of Congress collection. They take publicly available large picture files and clean them up *dramatically*!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!



























I've sort of let things go to seed around here. I'm going to try to make a commitment to get back on track!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Comiskey Park


















Here is a recent image of Old Comiskey Park in the last year of its existence. It's a commonly known piece of trivia that the first row of the upper deck of New Comiskey (or U. S. Cellular Field as it's now known) would have been higher and outside of the entire park of Old Comiskey. I'll be loading some goodies up on Zazzle.com featuring this park and New Comiskey Park soon.