The Jefferson Street Ball Parks (1864–91)

By Jerrold Casway

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

The Philadelphia ballparks situated at Jefferson and Master Streets, between 27th and 25th Streets, have a significant historic importance for our national pastime. Originally, this plot of land was known as the Jefferson Parade Grounds. It was used as a bivouac and training site in the years leading up to the Civil War.1 In the antebellum era, the major Philadelphia teams, the Athletics, Olympics, Mercantiles, and Keystones, found it difficult to secure suitable playing grounds in the city. Because of the . . .

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