Ballparks by Egantx7

Champion(s):

BurgerM
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Runner(s)-Up:

BeningoS

SochackiA


Quiz Description

As noted football coach/talking head Herm Edwards once said "You PLAY to WIN the GAME". But to win the game, you gotta have a field to play the game. While football fields are basically the same all over, baseball stadiums are all lovingly unique (except maybe for those cookie cutter stadiums of the 1970s which were just awful!). Philip Lowry even titled his famous tome on baseball stadiums Green Cathedrals invoking the sacred space of the ballpark (again, except for those dreadful cookie cutter ballparks of the '70s).

While not all of these questions necessarily deal with baseball, they all deal with the places where Major League Baseball is (or has been played). As a caution: I know that you know that I know that you know that especially modern stadiums have a tendency to change names. Please read carefully as you might be prompted for a particular name used in a particular era.

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Questions:

Give any of the three names this stadium was known by

This stadium served as the site of the climax of the cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, with the stadium loudspeakers blaring Puberty Love. It is still home to an NFL franchise, but its MLB team moved out after 35 years in 2003. Name this stadium which in 1998 hosted the World Series and Super Bowl, the only time this has ever happened.

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San Diego Stadium (aka Jack Murphy or Qualcomm Stadium)

Give the original name of this abomination of a stadium where Hank Aaron hit his 714th home run to tie Babe Ruth on 4 April 1974. Aaron had also christened this stadium with its first home run in 1970, the same year that it became the first stadium to host a World Series on artificial turf. Mr. Rose also passed Ty Cobb with a single in this stadium off of Eric Show. Give the original name of this stadium that was mostly imploded in December 2002.

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Riverfront Stadium

This stadium holds the unique distinction of having hosted the NFL Pro Bowl, the MLB All-Star Game, and the NBA All-Star Game. The construction of this stadium was approved shortly before the city's first MLB team left after one year, but was completed a year before a new expansion team started playing here in 1977. The home baseball team did a lot of losing here, but won a truly spectacular 1995 ALDS finale over the Yankees in 11 innings to reach their first ALCS. Name this stadium.

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King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium (Kingdome)

At a total cost of 1.6 billion in local currency, this stadium is often cited as the second most expensive stadium built in human history, taking so long to pay off, that its MLB occupant had moved in, played 28 years, and moved out before the final bills were paid. The stadium facilities include a neighboring swimming pool, and a former velodrome. This stadium was finally completed in 1987, just short of 11 years late for its original purpose, which was not baseball. Name this stadium, considered one of the worst places to play baseball, which still occasionally hosts football, both the soccer kind and the kind with the 55 yard line.

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Stade Olympique (Olympic Stadium)

This stadium was built on a former garbage dump that locals called "Pigtown". The huge crowd that came to this stadium's first night game witnessed the second of Johnny Vander Meer's two consecutive no hitters. An "H" or "E" in the "Schaefer Beer" sign would light up to inform fans of hits or errors, and musical entertainment was provided by an unofficial group called the Sym-phony. Identify this palace that was the site of one of the game's most important moments, which was simply one man stepping onto the field on 15 April 1947.

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Ebbets Field

This abomination of a stadium deserves scorn if for nothing else that it is here where the wave was first performed at a baseball game. The owner hired a local scamp who sang outside the park, Stanley Burrell, to be the batboy/cluhouse spy for him; the kid reminded many ball players of a young Hank Aaron. Its aesthetics have earned it the derogatory nickname "The Mausoleum", and it has some of the largest area for foul territory in MLB. Despite its looks, and the three or so raw sewage leaks the park has sprung in the past three years, this stadium has witnessed six World Series, and once had over 55,000 people watch this stadium's resident team win a 20th consecutive game. Rather than name the stadium, which has gone through so many name changes that they may not even know what the current name is, just give me the city it is located in.

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Oakland, California

Give the name of this stadium as it was known when it closed The traditional association of the Star Spangled Banner and baseball began during a World Series game at this stadium, though the home team was not playing in that World Series. This park's signature scoreboard was inspired by a pinball machine the then owner saw in a performance of William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life. This stadium hosted three MLB All-Star Games, but was the permanent host of the East-West All-Star Game for the Negro Leagues (1933-60). Identify this park, known as "The Baseball Palace of the World" which notably saw the second game of a doubleheader forfeited to the Tigers after a small riot broke out which ultimately hastened the demise of disco (which is a wholly good thing).

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Comiskey Park

This stadium was home to a Major League team for four years. The left field wall stood only 250 feet from home plate, something Wally Moon took advantage of, leading to the term "Moon Shot" as a synonym for home run, and to a later MLB rule requiring fences to be a minimum of 325 feet from home pate. This Stadium (at the time) not-so-famously hosted the first NFL-AFL Championship Game (aka, Super Bowl I). Name this stadium which once saw over 92,000 people in attendance for a World Series game, a stadium that also saw use for major sporting events hosted there in 1932 and 1984.

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Los Angeles (Memorial) Colisseum

When this stadium was first occupied in 1953, its capacity was under 29,000, which was increased to over 43,000 by 1954. After two World Series appearances, the tenant left, and the park sat empty except for a half dozen or so football games a year. In 1968, the stadium got new life when a nearby AL team used it for a handful of games over two years, and in 1970, a team piloted its way to this stadium to permanently relocate. Identify this stadium that had a creepy guy named Bernie living in a shack occasionally slide down a slide from said shack, and which, on 20 July 1976 saw Hank Aaron's final home run sail over its wall.

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(Milwaukee) County (Municipal) Stadium

While some stadiums are built on former garbage dumps, this stadium is built on the site of a former law school (take that for whatever you want it to mean). Brian Moehler won the first regular season game at this park, having also won the last game played at its predecessor. This stadium, along with Chase Field, are the only current stadiums to have a "keyhole". A carousel can be found behind the first base stands of this stadium, but kids ride avatars of the home team's namesake, not horses. Identify this stadium which, on 14 October 2006, saw Magglio Ordóñez hit a walk-off home run to clinch the American League pennant.

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Comerica Park

This stadium is currently the third oldest Stadium in the National League (Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Beergarden being #2 and #1, respectively). This stadium has a special walk-in humidor which is used for storing baseballs, a necessity because of the dry environment. The construction of this stadium saw the unearthing of a triceratops skull. Between 1995 and 2005, the home team hit over 1300 home runs at home, more than any team in MLB. Identify this stadium, which has a row of purple seats in the upper deck, and which did not see a 1-0 game in its history until the walk-in humidor was installed.

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Coors Field

From 1993-96, this stadium had the coolest official name of any stadium in history, which coincided with its temporary hockey tenant. In 2008, this stadium saw the first use of instant replay in an MLB game, and sixteen days later saw the first play overturned by instant replay. The team makes a charitable donation every time a home run is hit into a pool of water in right center field, a pool that is home to a small collection of certain chondrichthyans. The Ted Williams museum is located in this ballpark. Opened in 1990, give the current name of this ballpark, home to a team that has made one more World Series appearance than the Cubs since 1950, the only domed stadium in the Majors with a roof that does not open.

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Tropicana Field