- Publisher: Addison-Wesley; Reprint edition (March 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201622297
- ISBN-13: 978-0201622294
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present Paperback – March, 1993
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Unfortunately of the three Fort Wayne ball parks listed, two of them never existed. Despite frequent claims from misguided baseball historians there has never been a ball park named Hamilton Field in Fort Wayne. The ball grounds that hosted the first major league game were the Kekionga ball grounds located in the peninsula formed by the ox bow of the St Marys River. The ball grounds were located between Elm and Fair Streets, lots 51-91 in the plat of Rockhills Second Addition, Deed Book P page 696. There are several locations in Fort Wayne that are claimed to be the mythical Hamilton Field, none of which is closer than an approximate mile from the St. Marys River.
Jailhouse Flats is also a nonexistent park, but the error here is not as egregious because at least there is an aka referencing to its actual name, League Park. League Park was built on mud flats, northwest of the jail which gave the entire area the name “Jail Flats.” At some point someone not familiar with Fort Wayne corrupted the name to Jailhouse Flats and several have copied the error. The park may never have had an official name, but was never at any time referred to as Jailhouse flats. The park was built on lot 3 in the plat of Eliza Hanna Seniors addition; plat book 60 pages 260-261, one of five plats recorded simultaneously all bearing the same name. The park was deliberately dismantled twice and rebuilt in 1899 and enlarged by an additional 40 feet to the north.
Swinney Park was part of the fairgrounds. When the new Northwestern League franchise could not reach an agreement with the fairgrounds in the spring of 1883, League Park was built in two weeks.Read more ›