Connie Mack Field

Connie Mack Field was a ballpark in midtown West Palm Beach, Florida which was the long-time spring training home of the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics.

The stadium was built in 1924 and initially named Municipal Athletic Field, It hosted its first event, a football game, in October 1924. The first baseball game was played in December 1924.[1]

It was renamed Wright Field in 1927 for West Palm Beach City Manager George C. Wright, then was renamed Connie Mack Field in 1952 in honor of long-time Philadelphia Athletics manager and owner Connie Mack.

The grandstands originally held about 2,000; black fans were allowed to watch from a small section in the right-field corner. Total capacity was about 3,500.[2]

Record attendance for baseball was on March 20, 1949 when 6,988 fans saw the A's defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in a spring training game, by a 6-0 decision, which featured Jackie Robinson on the field and then-Secretary of State General of the Army George C. Marshall in attendance.[3]

The stadium was replaced in 1962 by West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium although the grandstand remained until 1973. The ball field continued to be regularly used by neighboring Twin Lakes High School.

The field was bulldozed in 1992 for a parking garage for the new Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts where there is a tribute display in the garage by main the elevator.[4]

Connie Mack Field
Mack Field
Full nameConnie Mack Field
Former namesMunicipal Athletic Field (1924–1926)
Wright Field (1927–1952)
LocationWest Palm Beach, Florida
Capacity3,500
SurfaceGrass
Construction
OpenedOctober 1924
DemolishedFebruary 1992
Tenants
St. Louis Browns (AL) (spring training) (1928–1936)
Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics (AL) (spring training) (1946–1962)
West Palm Beach Indians (FECL) (1940–1942); (FIL) (1946–1954); (FSL) (1955)
West Palm Beach Sun Chiefs (FSL) (1956)
West Palm Beach Braves (FSL) (1965–1968)

References

  1. ^ Eliot Kleinberg (2009-06-18). "Honor To Field's Namesake Was Posthumous". Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  2. ^ Eliot Kleinberg (2007-12-26). "Mack Field Hosted Baseball Greats". Archived from the original on 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  3. ^ McGowen, Roscoe (1949-03-21). "Mackmen triumph over Brooklyn, 6-0". New York Times. p. 27. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  4. ^ Kleinberg, Eliot (2006). Palm Beach Past: The Best of "Post Time". Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press. p. 51. ISBN 1-59629-115-X.

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Coordinates: 26°42′26.35″N 80°3′40.43″W / 26.7073194°N 80.0612306°W

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Connie Mack (disambiguation)

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Connie Mack IV (born 1967), U.S. Representative from Florida, 2005–2013 (son of Connie Mack III)

Jupiter Hammerheads

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The Hammerheads play their home games at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Opened in 1998, the park seats 6,871 fans. They share the facility with the Palm Beach Cardinals, also of the FSL.

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LECOM Park

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One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the team was founded in Philadelphia in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics. They won three World Series championships from 1910 to 1913 and back-to-back titles in 1929 and 1930. The team's owner and manager for its first 50 years was Connie Mack and Hall of Fame players included Chief Bender, Frank "Home Run" Baker, Jimmie Foxx, and Lefty Grove. The team left Philadelphia for Kansas City in 1955 and became the Kansas City Athletics before moving to Oakland in 1968. They won three consecutive World Championships between 1972 and 1974, led by players including Vida Blue, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, ace reliever Rollie Fingers, and colorful owner Charlie O. Finley. After being sold by Finley to Walter A. Haas Jr., the team won three consecutive pennants and the 1989 World Series behind the "Bash Brothers", Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, as well as Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson and manager Tony La Russa.

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West Palm Beach, Florida

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West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium

West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium, referred to as "Municipal Stadium," is a former baseball park in the southeastern United States, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Located at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, it was the long-time spring training home for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. The Braves played spring training games at the stadium from 1963 to 1997, while the Expos played there from 1969 to 1972 and from 1981 to 1997.

The stadium was constructed in 1962 to replace midtown Connie Mack Field, which had been the West Palm Beach spring training home of the Philadelphia and Kansas City Athletics from 1946 to 1962.

The first game was played on Saturday, March 9, 1963, under overcast skies and extremely high winds which blew sand from the outfield areas, directly toward seating area, which were not as yet totally landscaped at that time. Mayor C. Ben Holleman threw out the first ball and the Kansas City Athletics defeated the Milwaukee Braves 3-0 in front of a medium sized crowd of 3,265 fans. Warren Spahn started for Milwaukee and was the losing pitcher.The ballpark later hosted the 1982 and 1992 Florida State League All-Star Games.Atlanta and Montreal played their final spring training game at the ballpark on Wednesday March 26, 1997, which saw Montreal come through with a 2-0 victory.The stadium was later demolished in 2002 and there is nothing to mark its former place, which is now covered by a Home Depot location.

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