Los Angeles's Historic Ballparks (Images of America)
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Baseball's long and storied history in Los Angeles has been played at venues including the turn-of-the-century Chutes Park, which was part of an amusement park, as well as Gilmore Field, where the Hollywood Stars played, and Wrigley Field, where many movies and television shows were filmed. The 1923-vintage Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum became the Dodgers' first home in California in 1958, when they moved from Brooklyn. Greater Los Angeles also featured professional baseball at Olive Memorial Stadium in Burbank, Brookside Park in Pasadena, on Catalina Island, plus at numerous diamonds throughout Orange and Riverside Counties, where legends including Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Connie Mack appeared. Most fans know Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium, but many other historic ballparks existed in Southern California. Their images are collected together here for the first time.
after it was enclosed for football. The modern view below was taken in 2009, 11 years after the refurbishment that returned the park to a semblance of its original, open design. Since the first photograph, the park’s name had been changed to Edison International Field of Anaheim (1997), and then to Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2003). Find more books like this at www.imagesofamerica.com Search for your hometown history, your old stomping grounds, and even your favorite sports team.
STARS AND THE HOLLYWOOD STARS Gilmore Field at 7700 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles was home to the Hollywood Stars of the PCL from 1939 until 1957, when they and the Los Angeles Angels were displaced by the transplanted Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League. The stadium had a seating capacity of 12,987 and was a haven for movie stars and other celebrities throughout the life of the park. This stunning aerial shot features Gilmore Stadium (left) and Gilmore Field (right). Gilmore Stadium was
Angels games played at Wrigley, the ballpark was a virtual soundstage, featured in many movies over the years. It substituted for both Yankee Stadium and Sportsman’s Park in Pride of the Yankees. Damn Yankees was also one of the many other movies shot here. Television featured the park in the classic Twilight Zone episode “Mighty Casey,” and the syndicated 1960 series Home Run Derby was also shot here. In Hollywood, Gilmore Field (located near the Farmer’s Market from the 1930s through the
Angels finished 80-82 that year. These fans are also pictured on page 124 at the upper deck concessions on that day. A fan stands near the Big A before the start of the 1967 All-Star Game. The stadium hosted the All-Star Game again in 1989 and 2010. Built in the late 1930s as a spring training home for the PCL Seattle Rainiers, La Palma Park on Harbor Boulevard today is used for high school football, baseball, and soccer. In the 1940s, La Palma Park was the spring training base for the
directly below), and the baseball field left of center. Used by many local teams (and sometimes by the teams visiting for spring training), the 1927 baseball field grandstand seated 750. Baseball is being played at Pearson Park in the early 1930s. The author pitches to his son at Pearson Park in 2001. The author’s son steps up to the plate at Pearson Park in 2001. Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino was originally called Perris Hill Park. Through the years, the stadium was the spring training