From Brian Burnes at Flatland KC on December 19, 2019, with mention of SABR members Phil S. Dixon, Bill Carle, Lloyd Johnson, Thomas Busch, Larry Lester:
Kansas City needs a downtown ballpark.
At least, that’s the speculation sparked by the recent sale of the Kansas City Royals to a new ownership group led by John Sherman.
Indeed, there is a long history of downtown ballparks or ball fields in Kansas City – depending upon how one defines “downtown.”
Fans called one of these facilities “The Hole.” Another was located on a pre-Civil War cemetery. A third shut down for the season when a flood washed away much of its outfield fence.
A fourth closed when railroad tracks were built through it.
That, in turn, led to the construction of Kansas City’s most beatified ballpark – what became Municipal Stadium at 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue – at least before what is now Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973.
The story of baseball in early Kansas City is rich, detailed and sometimes weird, and for decades a devoted band of local scholars researched it along with the various clearings, fields or stadiums in which it was played.
Read the full article here: https://www.flatlandkc.org/news-issues/dreaming-of-fields-a-brief-history-of-kansas-city-ballparks/
- Related link: Read more ballpark histories at the SABR BioProject
Originally published: December 19, 2019. Last Updated: December 19, 2019.