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Encyclopedia > Shibe Park
Shibe Park
Connie Mack Stadium

Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Broke ground 1908
Opened April 12, 1909
Closed October 1, 1970
Demolished 1976
Owner Connie Mack & Ben Shibe
Operator Athletic Grounds Co.
Surface Grass
Construction cost $457,167 USD
Architect William Steele and Sons
Former names Shibe Park (1909-1953)
Connie Mack Stadium (1953-1976)
Tenants
Philadelphia Athletics (AL) (1909-1954)
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) (1938-1970)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) (1940, 1942-1957)
Capacity
23,000 (1909)
33,608 (1970)
Dimensions
(1909)

Left Field - 360 ft (Opening day), 378 ft (Late 1909)
Center Field Corner - 515ft
Right Field - 340ft Image File history File links A 1960s view of Connie Mack Stadium. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1908 throughout the world. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1909 throughout the world. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... Connie Mack baseball card, 1910 Cornelius Alexander Mack (December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956), born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. ... Benjamin F. Shibe (1838 - January 14, 1922) was an American executive in Major League Baseball who was half-owner of the Philadelphia Athletics. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Benjamin F. Shibe (1838 - January 14, 1922) was an American executive in Major League Baseball who was half-owner of the Philadelphia Athletics. ... Connie Mack can refer to three different people: Connie Mack (baseball) (1862–1956), Hall of Fame baseball manager, player, owner Connie Mack, III (born 1940), U.S. Representative (1983–1989), U.S. Senator (1989–2001) from Florida; grandson of Connie Mack (baseball) Connie Mack, IV (born 1967), U.S. Representative... There have been three professional baseball teams based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania known as the Philadelphia Athletics: 1. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames Phils, The Phightin Phils, The... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1909 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1909 throughout the world. ...


(1925)
Left Field - 334 ft
Center Field Corner - 468 ft
Right Field - 331 ft
The following are the baseball events of the year 1925 throughout the world. ...


(1950)
Left Field - 334 ft
Deep Left Center - 420 ft
Center Field - 447 ft
Deep Right Center - 405 ft
Right Field - 329 ft
The following are the baseball events of the year 1950 throughout the world. ...


(1968)
Left Field - 334 ft
Deep Left Center - 387 ft
Center Field - 410 ft
Deep Right Center - 390 ft
Right Field - 329 ft The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ...

Shibe Park, known for the last one-third of its existence as Connie Mack Stadium, was a Major League Baseball park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was on the block bounded by Lehigh Avenue, 20th Street, Somerset Street and 21st Street. It was thus just five blocks west, corner-to-corner, from Baker Bowl, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies that had opened in 1887. The stadium hosted two Major League Baseball All-Star Games, in 1943, marking the first time the game had been played at night, and in 1952, with that game holding the distinction of being the only All-Star contest shortened by rain (in this case, to five innings). Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games This article is about the building type. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Baker Bowl was the popular name of a baseball park that formerly stood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames Phils, The Phightin Phils, The... 1887 (MDCCCLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Saturday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... See also: 1942 in sports, 1944 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball World Series: New York Yankees defeats St. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


History

Shibe Park - Grand Stand Entrance - ca 1913The George Grantham Bain CollectionLibrary Of Congress
Shibe Park - Grand Stand Entrance - ca 1913
The George Grantham Bain Collection
Library Of Congress

The Philadelphia Athletics of the American League opened the ballpark in 1909 after abandoning Columbia Park. The park was first called Shibe Park, named for Benjamin Shibe, who was one of the initial owners along with Connie Mack. Mr. Mack eventually acquired full ownership, but kept the name the same. The park was finally renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953 in honor of the gentlemanly and modest Mr. Mack, who by then was known as "The Grand Old Man of Baseball". A statue was erected in 1957 across the street in a park, was moved to Veterans Stadium in 1971, and ultimately to Citizens Bank Park in 2004. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... There have been three professional baseball teams based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania known as the Philadelphia Athletics: 1. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... See also: 1908 in sports, 1910 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Detroit Tigers, four games to three, in the World Series. ... Columbia Park is a baseball stadium that formerly stood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Benjamin F. Shibe (1838 - January 14, 1922) was an American executive in Major League Baseball who was half-owner of the Philadelphia Athletics. ... Connie Mack baseball card, 1910 Cornelius Alexander Mack (December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956), born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. ... See also: 1952 in sports, other events of 1953, 1954 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Sam Hanks won the season driving championship Formula One Championship - Alberto Ascari of Italy 24 hours of... Philadelphia Veterans Stadium (informally called The Vet) was a professional sports facility located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Citizens Bank Park (informally called The Bank) is a 43,647-seat baseball-only stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that opened on April 3, 2004 and hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 12 of that same year, as the tennants of the facility, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to... // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ...


The park was the site of some special home run feats. Babe Ruth hit one to deep left-center on September 9, 1921, that cleared the then-single bleacher stand, went across the street, and hit a tree, over 500 feet away. On May 22, 1930, Ruth hit one to right field over the then-lower wall which landed in an alley behind the second row of flats, again over 500 feet distant. On June 3, 1932, Lou Gehrig hit 4 in one game here. Showing no favoritism, he hit two to the left field bleachers, two over the still-short right field wall, and a shot at a fifth with a deep fly to center (whose corner at that time was about 470 feet away), but the center fielder snared it on a running catch. In later years, Richie Allen hit some booming drives over the double-decked bleachers, in the general direction of the 1921 Ruthian shot. For the band, see Babe Ruth (band). ... Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American baseball player in the first half of the twentieth century. ... Richard Anthony Dick Allen (born March 8, 1942 in Wampum, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman/third baseman right-handed batter who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1963-69, 1975-76), St. ...

Fans in Shibe Park watching a 1929 World Series game.

Because the Athletics were popular at the time, sellout crowds encouraged house owners on 20th Street to erect bleachers similar to those now atop the flats at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and charging admission to watch the game. This infuriated Mr. Mack (much as it would raise the ire of Cubs management), who was known as a tight owner when it came to finances. Rather than negotiate with the neighbors (as the Cubs later did), Mack filed a lawsuit against the 20th Street house owners. After losing that suit, during the winter of 1933 he ordered the extension of the fence to a height of 33 feet (10 meters), blocking the view of the neighbors, a fence quickly dubbed by writers as a "spite fence". This contrasted with Baker Bowl's infamous right field wall, in that it was not necessary from the standpoint of dimensions (the park was spacious and essentially symmetrical), but strictly for economic reasons. But after the fence went up, the team's fortunes went down, as they seldom contended for the league championship after that. According to To Everything a Season, the fortunes of the neighborhood began to decline as well. Mack had cut the A's off from their neighborhood, to the detriment of both. The Athletics played in the stadium through the 1954 season and relocated to Kansas City in 1955. Image File history File links Rooftop bleachers inspired the raising of the right field fence in 1932. ... Image File history File links Rooftop bleachers inspired the raising of the right field fence in 1932. ... The Philadelphia Athletics beat the Chicago Cubs in 5 games. ... A Wrigley roof is the name given to the roofs of residential buildings which have bleachers or seating on the top to view sporting events or other major events nearby. ... Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium in Chicago that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... A spite fence is an overly-tall fence typically constructed between adjacent lots by a property owner who is annoyed with, or wishes to annoy, a neighbor or who wishes to completely obstruct the view between lots. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ...

Shibe Park (foreground) and Baker Bowl (background upper right corner).
Shibe Park (foreground) and Baker Bowl (background upper right corner).

The National League's Philadelphia Phillies had abandoned Baker Bowl in mid-season 1938, and played at the stadium as co-tenants, playing a doubleheader on July 4 that year, ultimately purchasing the park in the winter of 1954 when the Athletics left Philadelphia, until the stadium was closed after the 1970 season when the team moved to the then-new Veterans Stadium. The final game played there, on October 1 with the Phillies defeating the Montreal Expos 2-1 in 10 innings, was marred by people literally wrecking the stadium before the game ended. In all, a special post-game ceremony — including a helicopter delivery to The Vet of home plate — was cancelled. The National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles also played at the stadium during most of the 1940s and 50s, including the 1948 NFL Championship game, played in a blizzard where the home team defeated the Chicago Cardinals 7-0 with the only score by a Steve Van Buren touchdown, before moving to Franklin Field in 1958, which made Connie Mack a baseball-only facility, and eventually to The Vet. Image File history File links Shibe_Park_and_Baker_Bowl. ... Image File history File links Shibe_Park_and_Baker_Bowl. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames Phils, The Phightin Phils, The... Baker Bowl was the popular name of a baseball park that formerly stood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1953 in sports, other events of 1954, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. // 1954 World Championships Mens all-around champion: Viktor Chukarin, USSR Womens all-around champion: Galina Rudko, USSR Team competition champions: mens - USSR; womens - USSR NASCAR Championship... See also: 1969 in sports, other events of 1970, 1971 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Pete Hamilton won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Isaac Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until 2004. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1948 National Football League Championship game was the 16th NFL title game played. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference... Steve Van Buren (b. ... Franklin Field is the University of Pennsylvanias stadium for football, field hockey, lacrosse, sprint football, and track and field (and formerly for soccer). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Philadelphia Veterans Stadium (informally called The Vet) was a professional sports facility located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


Connie Mack Stadium sat empty and unwanted for the better part of six years, suffering fire on August 20, 1971 — the same day the Connie Mack statue was re-dedicated at Veterans' Stadium — along with vandalism and jungle-like growth of weeds. It was finally razed in 1976 during the 1976 All-Star game, while Philadelphia was the central point of American Bicentennial celebrations including the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium. The ballpark that was once a "church of baseball" is now the site of an actual Christian church, the Deliverance Evangelistic Church. is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1975 in sports, other events of 1976, 1977 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: February 15David Pearson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford USAC Racing - Gordon Johncock won the season championship Formula One Championship... The United States Bicentennial was celebrated on July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... Philadelphia Veterans Stadium (informally called The Vet) was a professional sports facility located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

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Sources

  • To Everything a Season, by Bruce Kuklick
  • Philadelphia's Old Ballparks, by Rich Westcott
  • Lost Ballparks, by Lawrence Ritter
  • baseball annuals
  • Connie Mack Stadium at Ballparks.com

External links

Coordinates: 39°59′45.5″N, 75°9′53.5″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Preceded by
Columbia Park
Home of the Philadelphia Athletics
19091954
Succeeded by
Municipal Stadium
Preceded by
Baker Bowl
Home of the Philadelphia Phillies
19381970
Succeeded by
Veterans Stadium
Preceded by
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
Home of the Philadelphia Eagles
1940
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
Preceded by
Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
Home of the Philadelphia Eagles
19421957
Succeeded by
Franklin Field
Preceded by
Polo Grounds
Host of the All-Star Game
1943
Succeeded by
Forbes Field
Preceded by
Briggs Stadium
Host of the All-Star Game
1952
Succeeded by
Crosley Field
Preceded by
Polo Grounds
Host of the NFL All-Star Game
1942
Succeeded by
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Shibe Park, 1913 Exterior (785 words)
Shibe Park was home to the Philadelphia Athletics, and later, to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hence, as additions were made to Shibe Park over the years, stands could be and were added to left field (the long side of the rectangle) but the right field wall separated the stadium from 20th street.
Shibe Park was constructed by Benjamin Shibe, co-owner of the Philadelphia Atheletics with Connie Mack.
History of Shibe Park (2420 words)
Shibe Park housed the Philadelphia Eagles from 1940 to 1957, hosted countless High School football games, and was visited by three American presidents.
Shibe Park was also the home of one of the greatest baseball squads of all time, the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics.
Indubitably, Shibe Park was more then a baseball stadium, it was a Philadelphia landmark, a landmark that is still very much in the hearts of baseball fans throughout Philadelphia today.
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