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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

1897: WHO KNEW?

Where but at www.glover320.blogspot.com would you learn that a very large baseball field was located at the triangular area of Cedar Street (today's Cedar Lane), Chambers Street and South Clinton Avenue? Iremember reading about this field MANY years ago in a Harry Podmore column. Above is an extract from a July, 1897 game played there.

Blake Bolinger said...

Tom - I wonder if what's labelled as S. Clinton on that map is actually William Street. And I also wonder if there are plans to do anything with this big empty lot. Anyway, interesting to know of this prior use.

Blake Bolinger

HI BLAKE: YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! The map above is from 1905 and I would assume the So. Clinton Avene block was probably un-developed. Earlier articles regarding the Oval defined the borders as the triangle encompassing Cedar Lane, Chambers, and So. Clinton Avenue. Thank you for your very astute observation; it's what keeps local history completely honest, and I need all corrections. You will note that William Street has a "dog leg" at the crossing. Note also that the homes at the bottom are along South Clinton Avenue. Many thanks for the correction,

Tom

Stephen said...

Talk about coincidence. Today I was doing some genealogical research and one of the new folks I was looking at was Michael J. Kearns, born in England around 1874. In following his family I learned that his son, Edward Joseph "Teddy" Kearns actually played pro baseball. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=kearnte01 . It appears baseball was in his blood.

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Blake Bolinger said...

Tom - I wonder if what's labelled as S. Clinton on that map is actually William Street. And I also wonder if there are plans to do anything with this big empty lot. Anyway, interesting to know of this prior use.

Blake Bolinger

Stephen said...

Talk about coincidence. Today I was doing some genealogical research and one of the new folks I was looking at was Michael J. Kearns, born in England around 1874. In following his family I learned that his son, Edward Joseph "Teddy" Kearns actually played pro baseball. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=kearnte01 . It appears baseball was in his blood.

Blake Bolinger said...

Glad to contribute. I've been exploring this area by foot recently, so this post particularly caught my attention. Blake

Ron Bound said...

I delivered newspaper to that store on the point of Franklin and William Sts. In the early 50s.