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Connie Mack Field
Mack Field
Full name Connie Mack Field
Former names Municipal Athletic Field (1924-1926)
Wright Field (1927-1952)
Location West Palm Beach, Florida
Opened October 1924
Demolished February 1992
Surface Grass
Capacity 3,500
Tenants
St. Louis Browns (AL) (spring training) (1928-1936)
Philadelphia-Kansas City Athletics (AL) (spring training) (1946-1962)
West Palm Beach Indians (FECL) (1940-1942); (FIL) (1946-1954); (FSL) (1955)
West Palm Beach Sun Chiefs (FSL) (1956)
West Palm Beach Braves (FSL) (1965-1968)

Connie Mack Field was a ballpark in West Palm Beach, Florida and was the long-time spring training home of the Philadelphia Athletics. The stadium was built in 1924 and named Municipal Athletic Field. Athletic Stadium hosted its first event, a football game, in October 1924. The first baseball game was played in December.[1] It was renamed Wright Field in 1927 for West Palm Beach City Manager George C. Wright. It was renamed Connie Mack Field in 1952 in honor of long-time Philadelphia Athletics manager and owner Connie Mack. It was replaced in 1962 by West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium but the grandstand remained until 1973 and the field was available for use until 1992 when it was bulldozed for a garage for the new Kravis Center. [2] The grandstands held about 2,000; black fans watched from a small section in the right-field corner. Total capacity was about 3,500.[3] Record attendance for baseball was on March 20, 1949 when 6,988 fans saw the the A's defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in a spring training game featuring Jackie Robinson on the field and then-Secretary of State General George Marshall in attendance.[4]

References

  1. ^ Eliot Kleinberg (2009-06-18). "Honor To Field’s Namesake Was Posthumous". http://www.historicpalmbeach.com/tag/place-names/. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  2. ^ Kleinberg, Eliot (2006). Palm Beach Past: The Best of “Post Time”. Charleston, SC: The History Press. p. 51. ISBN 1-59629-115-X.  
  3. ^ Eliot Kleinberg (2007-12-26). "Mack Field Hosted Baseball Greats". http://www.historicpalmbeach.com/tag/sports/. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  
  4. ^ McGowen, Roscoe (1949-03-21). "Mackmen triumph over Brooklyn, 6-0". New York Times: p. 27. http://select.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F10715FE3859157A93C3AB1788D85F4D8485F9. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  

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