Thursday, October 1, 2009

Western League Baseball Park

So where did professional baseball teams play before Sec Taylor/Principal Park was built? The site of yesterday's Dizzy Dean game, the Western League Baseball Park, was at Sixth and Holcomb Avenues in Des Moines. It was built in 1912, and in 1919 was sold to North High School. In the summers the Western League would rent the ball park from the school! 1939, the grandstand was badly burned and in 1945 the site was razed. Game over.

Source: The Des Moines Register October 18, 1995 p. 8, Neighbors Section.
Graphic source: Public Domain Clip Art
Suggested by Luann Rowat, East Side Library

Don't forget the Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience exhibit at the East Side Library.

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