Friday, March 4, 2016

Phillies Stadiums of Old

Who's up for a change of pace from obituaries? I know I am.

Here are 2 of my 3 Danbury Mint models that I unearthed recently. Years ago my uncle gave me one of Yankee Stadium, then I later bought these two.

Connie Mack Stadium (? - 1970): 

I went to my first Phillies game in May 1967, sitting in the upper deck bleachers in deep center field (just to the left of the flag in the 2nd photo). They were playing the Reds that day.

This model sizes the center field scoreboard incorrectly. I recall that it was taller than the outfield wall.

Veterans Stadium (1971-2003): 

My brother and I went to the first-ever game at Veterans Stadium in April 1971, sitting high in the 700-level in right field.

This model shows the Vet in later years, with the original levels of brown, tan, orange, and yellow seats (which you can see in this 1973 Ron Stone card) replaced by all blue seats.  Also new are the external towers with elevators to the retrofitted luxury boxes, and the 2 jumbo screens in center field.

1 comment:

Fireblossom said...

I've got that Shibe Park! I set it just behind my dice rolling box when i play the Phillies in my 1969 APBA replay. (They are struggling so far...7-14) I only noticed since starting this replay in April that the left field light standards on mine are tilted toward the foul line. Very annoying. It looks like your are straight.

I like my '69 Phils even though they aren't very good. They have some interesting sluggers in Allen, Callison, Deron Johnson and Larry Hisle.