Connie Mack Stadium

Philadelphia's Historic Ballpark

 

Facts about Connie Mack Stadium

Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Broke ground 1908
Opened April 12, 1909
Closed October 1, 1970
Demolished 1976
Owner Connie Mack & Ben Shibe
Operator Athletic Grounds Co.
Surface Grass
Costst $457,167 USD
Architect William Steele and Sons
Former names Shibe Park (1909-1953)
Connie Mack Stadium (1953-1976)
Tenants Philadelphia Athletics (AL) (1909-1954)
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) (1938-1970)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) (1940, 1942-1957)
Capacity 23,000 (1909)
33,608
(1970)
Dimensions (1909)

Left Field - 360 ft (Opening day), 378 ft (Late 1909)
Center Field Corner - 515ft
Right Field - 340ft

(1925)
Left Field - 334 ft
Center Field Corner - 468 ft
Right Field - 331 ft

(1950)
Left Field - 334 ft
Deep Left Center - 420 ft
Center Field - 447 ft
Deep Right Center - 405 ft
Right Field - 329 ft

(1968)
Left Field - 334 ft
Deep Left Center - 387 ft
Center Field - 410 ft
Deep Right Center - 390 ft
Right Field - 329 ft

 

FIRSTS at SHIBE PARK
Game
04/12/1909 Red Sox 1, Athletics 8
Umpires Tommy Connolly, Tim Hurst
Managers Connie Mack, Athletics
  Fred Lake, Red Sox
Starting Pitchers Eddie Plank, Athletics
  Frank Arellanes, Red Sox
Ceremonial Pitch Philadelphia Mayor Reyburn
Attendance 30,162
Batting
Batter Amby McConnell (ground out)
Hit Simon Nicholls (single)
Run Simon Nicholls
RBI Danny Murphy
Single Simon Nicholls
Double Danny Murphy
Triple Amby McConnell (04/13/1909)
Home Run Home Run Baker (05/29/1909)
Grand Slam Duffy Lewis (10/03/1912)
IPHR Danny Murphy (06/03/1909)
Stolen Base Harry Davis
Sacrifice Hit Tris Speaker
Sacrifice Fly Hamilton Patterson (06/15/1909)
Cycle Danny Murphy (08/25/1910)
Pitching
Win Eddie Plank
Loss Frank Arellanes
Shutout Lew Brockett (04/16/1909)
Save N/A
Hit by Pitch Jack Ryan hit Harry Davis
Wild Pitch Eddie Plank
Balk Chief Bender (08/03/1909)
No-Hitter Chief Bender (05/12/1910)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet.

 

Other Facts: Seating

By - Richie from www.CollectibleStadiumSeats.com

There were several different styles of seats employed in Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium during her many years of service.  I am not aware who the manufacturer was who created both the original 1909 style 'slant arm' & 'double ribbon' arm style seats (the tall steel framed seats that have three back slats), though Heywood Wakefield would be an educated guess.  The shorter steel framed curved back seats with two back slats were definitely manufactured by Heywood Wakefield.  The rear mount curved back rear mount seats with cast iron frames were manufactured by American Seating.  


 

 

 


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