Wilmington Park

Wilmington Park was a ballpark in Wilmington, Delaware that was located at the corner of 30th Street and Governor Printz Boulevard. It was home to the University of Delaware football team from 1940 to 1952 and the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class B Interstate League from 1940 to 1952. The Blue Rocks were an affiliate of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1940 to 1943 and the Philadelphia Phillies from 1944 to 1952.[1]

Wilmington Park
Wilmington Park, home of the Wilmington Baseball Club, the Blue Rocks, Wilmington, Delaware
LocationGovernor Printz Blvd & E 30th St
Wilmington, DE 19802
Capacity7,000
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1939
OpenedMay 1, 1940
Demolished1963
Construction cost$185,000
Tenants
Wilmington Clippers (AA) (1939–1941, 1946–1949)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (InL) (1940–1952)
Philadelphia Athletics (AL) (spring training) (1943)
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) (spring training) (1944–1945)
University of Delaware football (1940–1952)

Teams

The University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team played its home games at the park from 1940 until 1952. Delaware had played at Frazer Field in Newark before moving to Wilmington Park midway through the 1940 season. Delaware played its first game at Wilmington Park on November 9, 1940 and beat Pennsylvania Military College 14–7. While Delaware would continue to play occasional games at Frazer through the 1946 season, the team played its home games at Wilmington Park until midway through the 1952 season. In their last game at the ballpark, Delaware beat Pennsylvania Military College, 43–20. Delaware finished the 1952 season at the brand-new Delaware Stadium which returned the team to Newark and the university campus.[2]

During World War II, in January 1943, Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ordered most Major League clubs to hold spring training north of the Ohio and Potomac rivers to comply with government requests to help the war effort by eliminating nonessential travel. The Philadelphia Athletics held spring training at Wilmington Park in 1943 and the Philadelphia Phillies at the park in 1944 and 1945.[3]

In addition to World War II-spring training games at Wilmington Park, the Phillies played occasional exhibition games at the ballpark including games against the Blue Rocks. The Phillies and Athletics had long played pre-season exhibition games against each other in the Philadelphia City Series. The A's moved to Kansas City prior to the 1955 season but returned to the Philadelphia-area for a final match-up prior to 1955 Opening Day. They played the 1955 series at Wilmington where the A's beat the Phillies 9–6 on April 9, 1955 and 10–2 on April 10, 1955.[4]

The Philadelphia Stars Negro League baseball team hosted the Newark Eagles at the ballpark on Memorial Day in 1945.[5]

Attendance

7,000 fans attended the Blue Rocks’ first game at the ballpark in 1940 and the club established a Class B attendance record in 1940 with 145,643 attending ballgames at Wilmington Park. The club topped that mark with 172,531 fans in 1944. The single game attendance record for the Blue Rocks was set in 1947 when 7,062 fans saw Curt Simmons’ Wilmington debut. But attendance in 1950 dropped to 38,678, and despite a slight improvement to 43,135 in 1951, attendance continued to sink in 1952 which proved to be the last for the Blue Rocks at the ballpark.[6]

References

  1. ^ Pahigian, Joshua (2007). The Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip. The Lyons Press. pp. 69, 70. ISBN 978-1-59921-024-7.
  2. ^ 2008 University of Delaware Football Media Guide (PDF). Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Athletics Media Relations Office. p. 165. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  3. ^ Mead, William B. (1998). Baseball Goes to War. Washington, D.C.: Broadcast Interview Source, Inc. pp. 73–74. ISBN 0-934333-38-6.
  4. ^ Peterson, John E. (2003). Kansas City Athletics: A Baseball History, 1954-1967. McFarland. p. 52. ISBN 0-7864-1610-6. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
  5. ^ "Philadelphia Stars To Play Here Monday". The Sunday Morning Star. 1945-05-27. p. 25.
  6. ^ The Great Delaware Sports Book. Montchanin, Delaware: Manatee Press. 1995. pp. 91–93. ISBN 0-9644427-0-1.

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Coordinates: 39°45′07″N 75°31′30″W / 39.751981°N 75.525091°W

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The 1946 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 1946 college football season, their first after a three-year hiatus due to World War II. The team was named AP small college national champion and won the Cigar Bowl against Rollins. They were led by fourth-year head coach William D. Murray and played the majority of their home games at Wilmington Park. The October 26 game against Drexel was the final game played at Frazer Field, and the last game played in Newark until the opening of Delaware Stadium in 1952. They were ranked in the AP Poll for the final three weeks of the season, the only time that they received that honor. The only other time Delaware would receive votes in the AP Poll would be in 2010.

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The Wilmington Blue Rocks were a minor league baseball team based in Wilmington, Delaware, playing in the Interstate League from 1940–1952. The nickname "Blue Rocks" came from 73-year-old Robert Miller in a name-the-team contest. Miller lived in the Henry Clay section of the city, famed for its blue granite found along the Brandywine River. The current Wilmington Blue Rocks were named in 1992 for this original franchise.

In 1940, Bob Carpenter founded the original Wilmington Blue Rocks in partnership with Connie Mack as a Class B Interstate League affiliate of Mack's Philadelphia A's. In 1943 the Carpenter family bought the Philadelphia Phillies, and before the 1944 season they bought out Mack's interest and made the Blue Rocks an affiliate of the Phillies. The Phillies purchased the club outright in March 1945.The Blue Rocks played multiple mid-season exhibition games in Wilmington against major league clubs. The Blue Rocks went 2–2 against the Phillies, winning, 5–1, on August 23, 1943, and 9–3 on June 5, 1944, and losing, 7–4, on July 8, 1947, and 5–3 on July 11, 1951.The Blue Rocks played in Wilmington Park at 30th Street and Governor Printz Boulevard. Some 7,000 fans attended the Blue Rocks' first game at the ballpark in 1940 and the club established a Class B attendance record in 1940 with 145,643 attending ballgames at Wilmington Park. The club topped that mark with 172,531 fans in 1944. The single game attendance record for the Blue Rocks was set in 1947 when 7,062 fans saw Curt Simmons' Wilmington debut. By 1950 attendance for the season had dropped to 38,678. Although 1951 saw a slight improvement to 43,135, attendance declined again in 1952, which proved to be the last season both for the Interstate League and this incarnation of the Blue Rocks.

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