Ballparks of the Deadball Era: A Comprehensive Study of by Ronald M. Selter

By Ronald M. Selter

Whereas so much severe lovers recognize that the Deadball period was once characterised through low scoring, competitive baserunning, and powerful pitching, few comprehend the level to which ballparks decided the fashion of play. because it seems, the final absence of standardization and the ever-changing dimensions, configurations, and flooring ideas had a profound impact at the video game, as offensive construction might upward thrust and fall, occasionally dramatically, from 12 months to 12 months. specially within the early years of the yankee League, domestic groups loved an exceptional virtue over traveling golf equipment. (The 1901 Orioles are a working example, because the membership batted an astonishing .325 at Oriole Park IV--some 60 issues above their highway regular and fifty four issues greater than viewers to the park may bat.)With chapters equipped through significant league urban, this finished examine of Deadball parks and park results presents fact-filled observation on all 34 ballparks utilized by the yankee and nationwide Leagues among 1901 and 1919. Illustrations and historic photographs are integrated, besides a foreword via Philip J. Lowry and a last bankruptcy that provides observations concerning the total impression of parks at the period.

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The Red Sox stayed at Huntington Avenue Grounds until the end of the 1911 season, when they moved into one of the first Classic ballparks, Fenway Park. The Red Sox took the sod with them from Huntington Avenue Grounds to use in the infield at Fenway Park. The Basis of Huntington Ave. Grounds’ Configurations and Dimensions Unlike the case with many other Deadball Era ballparks, there is no shortage of dimensional data for Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds. The problem is that the available dimensional data have the unfortunate characteristic of being in substantial disagreement.

7 home runs per season. Note that the Fenway Park home run totals for 1914 and 1915 were inflated because they include a few NL home runs since the Boston Braves used Fenway Park for about one full season between late 1914 and early 1915. Home runs at Fenway Park were below the levels at other AL parks because the LF wall (25 feet) on top of the six-foot height of Duffy’s Cliff eliminated bounce home runs to LF, while sharply reducing OTF home runs to LF. In addition, the modest distances to LF precluded virtually any IPHR (only one in eight seasons).

It appears the reason for this configuration change (at least the move of home plate towards RF) was to eliminate the absence 44 BALLPARKS OF THE DEADBALL ERA of foul territory in the LF corner that had existed with the original configuration. Such a move would have eliminated disputes about balls hit into the LF corner being in or out of play. Given the known dimensions from the original plans and the matching LF and RF dimensions in Green Cathedrals, the Deadball Era dimensions for Ebbets Field contain only a small amount of uncertainty.

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