Skip to comments.Baseball's 10 worst ballparks. Ever!
Posted on 06/21/2012 10:31:55 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
The late Dan Quisenberry once said of the Metrodome, "I don't think there are any good uses for nuclear weapons, but then, this may be one."
And he only pitched in 16 games there his entire career.
Torii Hunter, on the other hand, played 10 full seasons in the Metrodome, so maybe he had a better read on it. This is what he told me about his former home just before the Twins moved out: "If they need any kind of help blowing it up, I will definitely be there. I will push the plunger. Boom. Boom. I will not miss the Metrodome at all."
The funny thing is, I kind of do. As much as I love the Twins' new field, I had a lot of great times at the Metrodome. (I asked my future wife out on our first date from the pressbox phone while covering the Twins' 1991 worst-to-first championship season.) Or, as my mother frequently told me, if you grew up in hell, you would miss it when you left. But even as much as I enjoyed the actual games on the field, I have to admit the Metrodome was not a good place for baseball.
But was it so bad it deserves detonation, either via dynamite or nuclear weapon? Was it the worst stadium in baseball history?
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What would one expect with a disaster associated with HubBub Humphrey? He of infamous initials inscribed on towels used by Elizabeth Ray.
I was there when they really did blow up the Kingdome. It was its finest moment. BTT.
The concrete toilet bowls that were in Phila, Pitts and Cincinnati. I went to a game at Veteran in Phila and it was a dump and the worst atmosphere ever.
That is heresy from a Mass resident. :)
“Baseball’s 10 worst ballparks. Ever!” ANY Stadium(minus Dodger Stadium) built btwn 1960 to 1985. THAY ALL were/are “Multi-Purpose” POS.
Can the Roger Clemens trial please, please PLEASE mark the end of baseball's steroids saga, which, like the "Real Housewives" franchise, has gone on far too long? Why did our government spend such a fortune to prosecute a baseball player for not telling the truth to Congress? This is beyond a waste of time, money and manpower -- it also shows a flagrant disrespect for our country's value system. It's not supposed to work this way. If you say something obviously false or patently ridiculous inside the Congressional halls, you're not supposed to be tried for perjury; you're supposed to be re-elected.
How are they different from Fulton County Stadium and Busch Stadium from the "Mothership from Planet Bland" era?
I’d put Fenway #1 on the list because of longevity. The original Dodgers Stadium in LA might have been worse, but they only played there a couple of seasons.
Milwaukee County Stadium.
I was at the blowup of the Met in Bloomington where Mall of America is now.
the Metrodome wasn’t ALL bad:
3. Kirby Puckett, Twins: 1991 World Series, Game 6
AB H R RBI
4 3 2 3
Result: Twins 4, Braves 3 Series: Minnesota wins in 7
What didn’t Puckett do that night in the Metrodome? Well, he didn’t turn an unassisted triple play, skip the light fandango or sail across the ocean blue. But everything else? Yep. Did it. He won the game with a walk-off, 11th-inning home run against Charlie Leibrandt in Minnesota’s 4-3 win over the Braves to force a Game 7. He tripled in a run and then scored himself in the first inning. His sacrifice fly put the Twins up 3-2 in the fifth. He stole a base. And he made a sensational catch on a Ron Gant drive to center in the third inning.
2. Jack Morris, Twins: 1991 World Series, Game 7
IP H R ER BB K
10.0 7 0 0 2 8
Result: Twins 1, Braves 0 Series: Minnesota wins in 7
Morris versus John Smoltz, mano a mano through scoreless inning after scoreless inning in the game to decide the world championship. Who was going to flinch? Smoltz finally left in the bottom of the eighth after giving up no runs on only six hits. But Morris pitched on, turning away several suggestions from Twins manager Tom Kelly to the effect that, seeing as how this was his third start in the Series, maybe it was time to take a seat and let the bullpen finish it up. Morris insisted on pitching the 10th inning, too, and retired Jeff Blauser, Lonnie Smith and Terry Pendleton in order. Finally, little-used Gene Larkin singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to make a winner of Morris in one of the best World Series games ever played.
While listening to those breathless reports about the Northeast heatwave, imagine watching 9+ innings of baseball here at Colt 45 stadium in a Houston August...
—I was there when they really did blow up the Kingdome. It was its finest moment. BTT.—
I’m with you, but I understand it was one of the only domed stadiums that actually MADE money due to its low cost. I was out of town when they took it out and very disappointed I missed it.
I’m also one of those that voted to put it by Southcenter. I understand I was in the majority, but you know how King County politics is...
Greensboro NC is knocking down their old baseball park. My mother saw Babe Ruth play there at an exhibition.
that’s funny- and true.
Any dome or artificial turf field.
I was going to say Three Rivers Stadium, and lo and behold, there it was at # 10 with the rubber stamps in Philadelphia and Cincinnati.
Candlestick Park didn’t make the list? Wow!
I don't think any real baseball fan would not get a charge out of sitting in the park where the greats from the 1910's on forward played.
The blowup was a hoot. They dynamited the place and everybody cheered and then went home, mostly back toward downtown. But the wind shifted and in about five minutes this horrible rain of dust and insulation and God knows what else started falling throughout the business district. Took days to clean up the mess. The Dome got us all one last time.
—The Dome got us all one last time.—
Priceless. Reminds me of the snake head in Old Yeller. :)
Unless you are in the field boxes there are big I beams blocking your view of the field.
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Which is why there will NEVER be a good stadium in Krakow or Warsaw. “Most everyone will be sitting behind a Pole”.
Hard to go to a baseball game in Washington DC because there are too many (G)nats.
I don’t care what hey say, I have many good memories of baseball in the metrodome. Maybe the players didn’t like it, but the attendance in it’s final year was higher then the AL average.
>The pitchers have to dodge foul balls while warming up.
I really like that about Wrigley. You can tell the pitchers are getting ready to come in when they start throwing “heat”. Plus they have to pay attention to the game or get beaned.
How can Wrigley Field not be on the list. The History Channel’s series “After People” used Wrigley as an example.
After 20 years it still smelled of piss and stale beer.
I love Fenway Park. It looks great on TV while I drink $3 Ballantines at my club.
Not that all the old parks were great. The old Polo Grounds in New York should have been retired decades before it finally was. No knock on the great Willie Mays and his legendary catch of that Vic Wertz blast in the 1954 World Series, but had they been playing in any semi-normal ballpark, Willie would have had to have been deep in the centerfield bleachers to even have a shot at that catch.
And, yeah, we actually cheered in Pittsburgh when they dynamited Three Rivers Stadium. PNC Park has been the best thing that has happened to Pittsburgh baseball since Willie Stargell retired.
I love Fenway Park. It looks great on TV while I drink $3 Ballantines at my club.
It was baseball played on a football field/bowl. The seats didn't face the field, and they had a poor slope in seating for site lines.
Your comment reminded me of my one and only visit to Martin Stadium in Pullman,(WSU),Washington. Went there to watch the Huskies play the Cougs in during the snowbowl (2-3 foot of snow fell that day). Anyway I made a trip to the can which was located under the wooden bleachers and you could literally stand at the urinal and look out through the slats in the wood, through the peoples feet and continue to watch the game...
I have never understood the contrived published and air waved love affair for that dump.
I went to the Metrodome one time, for a convention.
I had no idea that when you leave the dome, the pressurization literally sucks you right out the door.
The funniest part was watching unsuspecting people get sucked out the door and look back like “what the hell?”
But despite some great World Series moments, it was a lousy place for baseball.
Amen on Fenway. It’s a ridiculous park, with screwy angles and dimensions that always inflate the Red Sox offensive numbers.
I will definitely attend the demolition (Yankees fan).
The old Busch Stadium with the green rug that had humpy seams in it because it was a dual-purpose field with the football team. Hot ground balls on that rug would do odd things. Sort of makes you think the architects were smoking some good Jamaican stuff and looking at a truck tire rim lying on the ground when they designed that thing.
I had figured the Stick would have made it near the top. Giants fans used to have bumper stickers on their cars reading, "veni, vidi,vixi"--I came, I saw, I survived.
I wish the Astros were still called the Colt .45’s. That was a great name for a team.
I love Fenway Park. It’s beautiful.
I don’t recall seeing those bumper stickers, but I do recall seeing Koufax pitch on a night in June in the sixties. Mark Twain was right: the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.
It was fun to watch wigs and toupees fly off unsuspecting
yep...I remember the Croix De Candlestick pins you got when you stayed for extra inning games at the Stick....
Caught a bit of a soccer game from Montreal’s Olympic Stadium recently. It is impossible to underestimate how bad a venue it is for nearly anything. All the charm of a large concrete parking structure and not half as comfortable. Plus I think Quebec taxpayers are still going to be paying for it in 2030.
A seven-game series with every game decided by one run. At the conclusion, Sports Illustrated called it the best World Series in history.
But that still doesn't change the fact that Ken Hrbek tackled Ron Gant at first base.
That’s “Kent Hrbek.”
I remember that from the O'Dome at UF, a virtual wind tunnel.
The first time I saw it in person - walking in the shadows past the Jimmy Fund boxes, up the ramp, seeing the sun on the grass and the Green Monster - was as rich a baseball experience as I've ever had.
I was there that night. If you look at the replay, you'll see that by the time Hrbek's glove hand is under Gant's leg, Gant is already out. His momentum had already taken him off the bag.
That said, the Metrodome was built for football. The seats were angled for football, the lights were angled for football, and the ceiling was, and still is, white. A seat behind home plate didn't face toward center field, it faced toward the corner of the football end zone.
All that said, the Metrodome had what none of the cookie-cutter National League parks of the 1970s and 1980s had. It had personality. Whether that's good or bad, I don't know.