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About Union Park

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  • Birthday 2/25/1960

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  • Location
    Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Homepage
    http://deadballbaseball.com/
  • Interests
    Baseball History
  • Occupation
    GM CRCBL Silver Spring Takoma Thunderbolts
  • Favorite Current Oriole
    Chris Davis
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Frank Robinson
  1. Last Thursday (April 29th) surveyors from the same company that surveyed Terrapin Park when the ballpark was built in 1914 came back to the site to determine the exact location of home plate, the pitchers mound, and third base. Here's what they found: http://www.davidbstinsonauthor.com/2015/05/02/surveying-site-of-old-oriole-park-at-peabody-heights-brewery/
  2. Glad to do it. Thanks. If you haven't seen this already, here's another blog of mine you might enjoy reading - about Union Park. http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343
  3. For those of you who care about OLD Orioles History (National League Orioles - three time world champions), here's a link to my post yesterday about a fire that damaged McGraw's and Robinson's former Baltimore homes. It includes pictures of other formerHall of Fame Orioles homes in Baltimore. http://www.davidbstinsonauthor.com/2015/02/28/john-mcgraws-and-wilbert-robinsons-former-baltimore-homes-damaged-by-fire/
  4. I agree. The Orioles did do it right. And for us fans it was kind of a reward after having lived through Fort Lauderdale. If you are interested in my write up about that ballpark, here it is: http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=5510
  5. See how the Orioles transformed an old Spring Training ballpark - A then and now look at Ed Smith Stadium http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=5616
  6. For those of you who miss Memorial Stadium, here's a drive-around video I took of the ballpark 15 years ago. I hope you enjoy it. http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=5406
  7. If you are interested in baseball history, there is a historical site in Sarasota worth checking out - Payne Park - which is located at the southeast corner of Adams Lane and South Washington Boulevard. Now primarily a tennis center, It was the Spring Training home of John McGraw's Giants and Tony LaRussa's White Sox, as well as the Red Sox spring training home. See http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=4583 for more info about the history Payne Park and what is there today.
  8. My experience is players will sign with special markers if you ask them. The problem is that after a long hurry up and wait, when you are finally on stage with the players it goes rather quickly. Just make sure you present the bat and the pen at the same time.
  9. If you are hoping to buy game used merchandise from the Orioles, you should head up the escalators to the second level (which is where that merchandise typically is sold). It is pretty popular and things sell out, so I suggest you make that a first stop for you. For about $20 they sell banners that were posted around the stadium, which is a good deal, IMO.
  10. My favorite memory of Memorial Stadium was a Sunday May 6, 1973, game my Dad took me to see. We had picked the game because Frank Robinson was my favorite player and he was returning to Baltimore as DH for the California Angels. As it turned out, the pitching match up was two future HOFers - Jim Palmer versus Nolan Ryan. Frank Robinson hit a double and the O's won the game game 5-0, so it was good all around. After the game I stood outside Memorial Stadium hoping for an autograph. Paul Blair was kind enough to sign my program (which I still have). After he signed it, I was so excited, and not wanting the moment to end, that a minute or so later I handed the program back to Paul Blair, which he commenced signing again until he realized he already had autographed my program, thus leaving half a signature – a second “Paul” - on the front cover.
  11. <p><p><p>Hello DH</p></p></p>

    <p><p><p>As for Union Park, I agree with you as I have never seen the actual dimensions of the field listed and the Sandborn Map should make that possible. Let me know if you come up with something, or I'll give it a try (my son is pretty good with math, maybe he can help). </p></p></p>

    <p><p><p>As for the orientation of Municipal Stadium for baseball, you are absolutely correct. Home plate was located toward the middle of the oval on the west side and the left field porch was quite short. Here is the only picture I could find quickly. <a href="<a href="<a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11" rel="external nofollow">http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11</a>" rel="external nofollow"><a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11" rel="external nofollow">http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11</a></a>" rel="external nofollow"><a href="<a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11" rel="external nofollow">http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11</a>" rel="external nofollow"><a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11" rel="external nofollow">http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195975-the-good-bad-and-positively-oddest-days-of-the-baltimore-orioles/page/11</a></a></a> </p></p></p>

    <p><p><p>Regards DBS</p></p></p>

  12. <p><p><p>Here's a question you might know the answer to: How did they orient the ballfield when the IL O's played at Municipal Stadium after the fire? Did they have a ridiculously short porch on one side, like the Dodgers at the LA Coliseum?</p></p></p>

  13. <p><p><p>Thanks for the reply. I have a copy of Baseball in Baltimore, and read a library copy of The Home Team many years ago, so I'm familiar with the picture from the outfield. The insurance map is very cool, as it highlights how the field had to fit into the lot/stands - I'd never noticed before how home plate sits off to the left side of the main grandstand. With that map and the photo I think we could guesstimate fence distances, which I don't know of any source that's tried before.</p></p></p>

  14. <p><p><p>Hello DrungoHazewood</p></p></p>

    <p><p><p>BTW, my name is David Stinson and, yes, I am an O's history guy. I suspect from your avatar so are you. Sorry I did not respond earlier, I just today noticed your message.</p></p></p>

    <p><p><p>There are several other photos of Union Park. James Bready's books "The Home Team" and "Baseball in Baltimore" both have additional images. The most notable is a picture taken from the outfield looking toward the grandstand. There are other pictures in the book, including shots of various players standing at different spots around the ballpark. Also, the Sports Legends Museum has a few player photos taken at Union Park. If you haven't already, please take a moment to read my blog on Union Park. Here is the link: <a href="<a href="<a href="http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343." rel="external nofollow">http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343.</a>" rel="external nofollow"><a href="http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343." rel="external nofollow">http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343.</a></a>" rel="external nofollow"><a href="<a href="http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343." rel="external nofollow">http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343.</a>" rel="external nofollow"><a href="http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343." rel="external nofollow">http://deadballbaseball.com/?p=1343.</a></a></a> It includes a very cool (IMO) image of a Sanborn Insurance Map which shows an outline of the ballpark and how it fit into the neighborhood. DBS</p></p></p>

  15. <p><p><p>I know you're a O's history guy, obviously from your user name and avatar. Here's a little obscure question: I've only seen two photographs of Union Park, the one in your avatar and the (relatively) famous one from the 1897 end-of-season game against Boston. Have you ever seen any other photographs of Union Park, or maybe even some of the earlier NA/AA parks in Baltimore? It's amazing that so little has survived from that era, although I guess the '44 fire at Oriole/Terrapin Park probably destroyed a lot.</p></p></p>

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