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Remember Tal's Hill?

doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

That weird hill in Houston, and there was a flag pole on it, so you had to be careful not to run into the pole.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A baseball oddity l, like the Tropicana catwalks above the field.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I always liked the ivory walls at Wrigley.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Anyway, cool baseball oddities.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The most legendary oddity, the Green monster at Fenway.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The beer slide in Milwaukee.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 15, 2024 2:05PM

    Bernie's Dugout, Miller Park.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Chase Field swimming pool.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There was actually a tank of cow nose rays at Tropicana field, and the fans could pet and feed them during games.

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    perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,501 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I never saw anything like that pole in the outfield like that before

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @perkdog said:
    I never saw anything like that pole in the outfield like that before

    It is crazy, I got bored and decided to look at these weird baseball field oddities, cool stuff!

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 15, 2024 2:39PM

    Polo Grounds, 483 feet to dead centerfield. It was conquered by few in about 80 years of play, and was the quintessential old-school ballpark that allowed few home runs to anywhere but down the lines, what a monster.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just a behemoth of a ballpark, fascinating.

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    perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,501 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @doubledragon said:
    Just a behemoth of a ballpark, fascinating.

    I wonder how many more HR's Mays would have had, had the Polo Grounds not been his home stadium, imagine if the Set Hey Kid played at EBetts Field??

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    TabeTabe Posts: 5,927 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @perkdog said:
    I never saw anything like that pole in the outfield like that before

    Tiger Stadium and (for awhile) Comerica Park both had flagpoles in fair territory.

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    BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 8,031 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That was always one enjoyable aspect about baseball. The quirkiness of the stadiums. With no set dimensions like the other 3 major sports they could be constructed per the liking of ownership. All those old ads along the walls:Gem blades, Gillette razors etc. The scoreboards.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Remember the home run Apple at Shea stadium, it used to pop up when a Met hit a home run.

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 16, 2024 4:34AM

    The home run Apple started to malfunction and had to be retired.

    https://youtu.be/q9_mO2vfz7E?si=EUWWfyWdLSoHIvWO

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    doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,989 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another one of my favorites is McCovey cove, the people in the water trying to catch a home run ball.

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    craig44craig44 Posts: 10,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember that hill. What a crazy idea.

    George Brett, Roger Clemens and Tommy Brady.

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    perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,501 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 16, 2024 6:32AM

    @Tabe said:

    @perkdog said:
    I never saw anything like that pole in the outfield like that before

    Tiger Stadium and (for awhile) Comerica Park both had flagpoles in fair territory.

    That's crazy. I don't know how I never knew that from all the ESPN Baseball Tonight I've watched unless it was before the early 90's

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    GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,470 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the skull-buster flag pole in old school Tiger Stadium... :)

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    galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,138 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 16, 2024 9:09AM

    i've been to many games at Minute Maid over the years -- many before Tal's Hill was removed. it's amazing the things you should remember but don't, and the crap you shouldn't remember but do. i can't remember where i put my car keys 10 minutes ago, but i'll never forget watching a guy named Andy Tracy (who played for Montreal) launching a missile to dead center that went over the 436 sign.

    just to make sure my memory isn't failing me, i looked up his home runs.............all 13 of them during his career. sure enough, there it is on 8/5/2000 -- the year i moved to Houston -- against Jose Lima (Lima time, believe it!). he also hit another off of Lima a few months earlier, but that game took place in Montreal.

    if he could have faced Lima every time he walked to the plate, he might have had more than a cup of coffee in the major leagues! ☕️

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    countdouglascountdouglas Posts: 2,279 ✭✭✭✭✭

    We enjoyed Lima Time briefly here in KC, as well.

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    pdoidoipdoidoi Posts: 491 ✭✭✭

    @doubledragon said:
    Remember the home run Apple at Shea stadium, it used to pop up when a Met hit a home run.

    Take a close look at the the fans.

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    TabeTabe Posts: 5,927 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @perkdog said:

    @Tabe said:

    @perkdog said:
    I never saw anything like that pole in the outfield like that before

    Tiger Stadium and (for awhile) Comerica Park both had flagpoles in fair territory.

    That's crazy. I don't know how I never knew that from all the ESPN Baseball Tonight I've watched unless it was before the early 90's

    I didn't know Comerica had one until I went to confirm my memory regarding Tiger Stadium. So if was news to me, too. :)

    As for Tiger Stadium, I watched hundreds of games over the years. I don't recall the flagpole ever coming into play. Probably because it was roughly 8 miles from home plate.

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