11/20/2011

Crosley Field

I’m a sucker for stuff like this.

With a tip of the cap to @uniformcritic, check out this shot of the crowd outside Crosley Field during the 1940 World Series. Here’s Crosley under water. Here is Crosley on Opening Day in 1962, and here’s another from 1962 (I love that last one).

Also, here’s Paul Derringer, Ernie Lombardi, and Bucky Walters during the 1939 World Series. Finally, the always-impressive Ted Kluszewski.

Saw these shots on Twitter yesterday. Love ’em.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. Nice. Love baseball history. Thanks.

  2. The first Reds game — the first pro game — I saw was at Crosley in 1956. (Yes, 1956. I was a wee kid.)

    We sat along the 3rd base line. The only thing I really remember is a rookie named Frank Robinson running into that short left field wall.

  3. The saddest part is seeing the urban fabric right next to the field in 1962. What was Cincinnati thinking when they tore that part of the city down? Tragic.

  4. The Crosley under water photo is actually from April 23 or April 24, 1940. The Red were scheduled to play the Cardinals in two games at Crosley. They beat the Cardinals 6-1 on April 22 in a game in which the water in the dugouts was three feet deep when the game began and the players had to sit on benches in foul territory. Also look on the scoreboard and St. Louis is the visiting team so all of the logistics works out. All of this was taken from The Redleg Journal. The Ted Kluszewski photo was taken at old County Stadium in Milwaukee on Labor Day weekend in 1956. That photo is also in the LIFE collection!

  5. Crosley Field was one of the most beautiful of all baseball facilities before they tore down all of the buildings outside of the park. I have a huge bunch of photographs that I have collected through the years of Crosley. I do not think that Wrigley Field had anything on Crosley. The laundry in left field gave that park so much personality as well as the Crowe Engineering building in center field. Once the interstate was ran by the park, it really took away all of the park’s personality. What is done is done but I really wish the Reds had turned Great American Ball Park around and had the skyline of Cincinnati outside of the park in the outfield. I think that would have made the park feel much more cozy and actually might have taken away “the ballpark effect” of right field whereby fly balls are three run homers.

  6. Great stuff, the Mill Valley was one of the first parts of the town industrialized, it’s only natural that the team would locate itself near that hub during the height of the Industrial Revolution. It’s also only natural that it would be the first part of town that experienced over crowding and flight. In fact by the time the Reds left Crosley it was a heavily polluted and traveled area that was no longer pastoral and thus no longer associated with the wonders of being outside.

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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