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


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*!