Comiskey Park

  • comiskey park
    "the baseball palace of the world"
    old comiskey park
    white sox park
    old comiskey park.jpg
    comiskey park in 1990, its final season
    former nameswhite sox park
    (1910–1912, 1962–1975)
    location324 west 35th street
    chicago, illinois
    coordinates41°49′55″n 87°38′02″w / 41°49′55″n 87°38′02″w / 41.832; -87.634
    center field – 420 ft (128 m)
    backstop – 98 ft (30 m)
    (1986)
    foul lines – 347 ft (106 m)
    power alleys – 382 ft (116 m)
    center field – 409 ft (125 m)
    backstop – 86 ft (26 m)
    surfacenatural grass
    astroturf infield (1969–1975)
    construction
    broke ground1910
    openedjuly 1, 1910 [3][4][5][6]
    closedseptember 30, 1990 [7]
    demolished1991
    construction costus$750,000
    ($20.6 million in 2019 [1])
    architectzachary taylor davis
    osborn engineering
    general contractorgeorge w. jackson[2]
    tenants
    chicago white sox (mlb) (1910–1990)
    chicago cardinals (nfl) (1922–1925, 1929–1930, 1940–1958)
    chicago bulls (afl) (1926)
    chicago american giants (nal) (1941–1952)
    card-pitt (nfl) (1944)
    chicago mustangs (nasl) (1967–1968)
    chicago sting (nasl) (1980–1985)

    comiskey park was a baseball park in chicago, illinois, located in the bridgeport neighborhood on the near-southwest side of the city. the stadium served as the home of the chicago white sox of the american league from 1910 through 1990. built by white sox owner charles comiskey and designed by zachary taylor davis, comiskey park hosted four world series and more than 6,000 major league baseball games. also, in one of the most famous boxing matches in history, the field was the site of the 1937 heavyweight title match in which joe louis defeated then champion james j. braddock in eight rounds that launched louis' unprecedented 11-plus year run as the heavyweight champion of the world.[8][9]

    the chicago cardinals of the national football league also called comiskey park home when they weren't playing at normal park, soldier field or wrigley field. they won the 1947 nfl championship game over the philadelphia eagles at comiskey park. much less popular than the bears, the cardinals had their last season at comiskey in 1958, and they left for st. louis in march 1960. the chicago american giants of the negro american league called comiskey park home from 1941–1950.[10] the park was also home to chicago mustangs and chicago sting of the nasl, playing host to the final edition of the original soccer bowl.

    adjacent to the south (across 35th street), a new ballpark opened in 1991, and comiskey park was demolished the same year. originally also called comiskey park, it was renamed u.s. cellular field in 2003 and guaranteed rate field in 2016.

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Comiskey Park
"The Baseball Palace of the World"
Old Comiskey Park
White Sox Park
Old comiskey park.jpg
Comiskey Park in 1990, its final season
Former namesWhite Sox Park
(1910–1912, 1962–1975)
Location324 West 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°49′55″N 87°38′02″W / 41°49′55″N 87°38′02″W / 41.832; -87.634
Center field – 420 ft (128 m)
Backstop – 98 ft (30 m)
(1986)
Foul lines – 347 ft (106 m)
Power alleys – 382 ft (116 m)
Center Field – 409 ft (125 m)
Backstop – 86 ft (26 m)
SurfaceNatural grass
AstroTurf infield (1969–1975)
Construction
Broke ground1910
OpenedJuly 1, 1910 [3][4][5][6]
ClosedSeptember 30, 1990 [7]
Demolished1991
Construction costUS$750,000
($20.6 million in 2019 [1])
ArchitectZachary Taylor Davis
Osborn Engineering
General contractorGeorge W. Jackson[2]
Tenants
Chicago White Sox (MLB) (1910–1990)
Chicago Cardinals (NFL) (1922–1925, 1929–1930, 1940–1958)
Chicago Bulls (AFL) (1926)
Chicago American Giants (NAL) (1941–1952)
Card-Pitt (NFL) (1944)
Chicago Mustangs (NASL) (1967–1968)
Chicago Sting (NASL) (1980–1985)

Comiskey Park was a baseball park in Chicago, Illinois, located in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the near-southwest side of the city. The stadium served as the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League from 1910 through 1990. Built by White Sox owner Charles Comiskey and designed by Zachary Taylor Davis, Comiskey Park hosted four World Series and more than 6,000 Major League Baseball games. Also, in one of the most famous boxing matches in history, the field was the site of the 1937 heavyweight title match in which Joe Louis defeated then champion James J. Braddock in eight rounds that launched Louis' unprecedented 11-plus year run as the heavyweight champion of the world.[8][9]

The Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League also called Comiskey Park home when they weren't playing at Normal Park, Soldier Field or Wrigley Field. They won the 1947 NFL Championship Game over the Philadelphia Eagles at Comiskey Park. Much less popular than the Bears, the Cardinals had their last season at Comiskey in 1958, and they left for St. Louis in March 1960. The Chicago American Giants of the Negro American League called Comiskey Park home from 1941–1950.[10] The park was also home to Chicago Mustangs and Chicago Sting of the NASL, playing host to the final edition of the original Soccer Bowl.

Adjacent to the south (across 35th Street), a new ballpark opened in 1991, and Comiskey Park was demolished the same year. Originally also called Comiskey Park, it was renamed U.S. Cellular Field in 2003 and Guaranteed Rate Field in 2016.

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