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MEMORIAL STADIUM

Memorial Stadium - exterior

TEAM ::: BALTIMORE ORIOLES
LOCATION ::: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
MY FIRST GAME ::: JULY 14,1988
OPPONENT ::: MINNESOTA TWINS
DEMOLISHED ::: 2001

RATINGS

BALLFIELD ::: B
SCOREBOARD ::: C
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: C
MASCOT ::: A
MLB STADIUM RANK 13 OF 40

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

AHHH, BALTIMORE BASEBALL BEFORE CAMDEN YARDS. LOOKING AT MY RATINGS FOR THIS PLACE, YOU WOULD THINK I HATED IT ... JUST THE OPPOSITE, THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARKS.

FOR THE 'TOURIST' THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH MEMORIAL STADIUM WAS LOCATION. THIS WAS A NEIGHBORHOOD PARK WITH NO DIRECT ACCESS FROM AN INTERSTATE. ONCE AT THE PARK, IF YOU MADE ONE WRONG TURN YOU WERE EITHER AT THE JAIL,WHICH WAS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, OR JUST LOST WITHOUT A VIEW OF THE STADIUM.
HOWEVER, ONCE PARKED, MEMORIAL STADIUM WAS 100% CHARM. THE FIRST PERSON YOU MEET IS THE TICKET TAKER. UNLIKE SHEA, THESE GUYS ARE HAPPY TO SEE YOU. THEY GREET YOU WITH A SMILE AND AN ENJOY THE GAME. I FELT WELCOME FROM THE SECOND I ARRIVED.

IN THE STANDS, THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WERE THE PILLARS. BIG ROUND ONES AT THAT. IF THERE WAS A REASON TO BUILD CAMDEN YARDS, THE ABSENCE OF PILLARS IS AS GOOD A REASON AS ANY. OTHER THAN THAT, MEMORIAL STADIUM WAS A FRIENDLY PLACE THAT WILL BE MISSED BY ME.

OF THE 40 PARKS I HAVE VISITED, I RATE MEMORIAL STADIUM 12TH, BEHIND TIGER STADIUM AND AHEAD OF YANKEE STADIUM. IN MY EYES, A LITTLE CHARM GOES A LONG WAY, AND IN BALTIMORE THE PEOPLE WERE THE SAME IN THE OLD PLACE AS THEY ARE IN THE NEW.

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TWINS MANAGER :::

 10 Tom Kelly

ORIOLES MANAGER :::

 20 Frank Robinson

MINNESOTA TWINS

27 Mark Davidson lf

25 Randy Bush rf

34 Kirby Puckett cf

14 Kent Hrbek 1b

8 Gary Gaetti 3b

9 Gene Larkin dh

15 Tim Laudner c

7 Greg Gagne ss

4 Steve Lombardozzi 2b

28 Bert Blyleven p / LP

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

38 Ken Gerhart lf

19 Fred Lynn cf

8 Cal Ripken Jr. ss

33 Eddie Murray dh

28 Jim Traber 1b

18 Larry Sheets rf

15 Terry Kennedy c

25 Rick Schu 3b

7 Bill Ripken 2b

52 Mike Boddicker p / WP

TWINS    100 000 000 1 6 2
ORIOLES 311 200 00x 7 11 0


TIME OF GAME :: 2:14
ATTENDANCE :: game 1
WEATHER :: 93, hot / muggy

G A M E 2

MINNESOTA TWINS

1 John Moses cf

7 Greg Gagne ss

32 Dan Gladden lf

14 Kent Hrbek dh

9 Gene Larkin 1b

25 Randy Bush rf

12 Bran Harper c

4 Steve Lombardozzi 2b

26 Al Newman 3b

49 Alan Anderson p / WP

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

17 Pete Stanicek lf

8 Cal Ripken Jr. ss

33 Eddie Murray dh

14 Mickey Tettleton c

38 Ken Gerhart cf

28 Jim Traber 1b

19 Fred Lynn lf

25 Rick Schu 3b

7 Bill Ripken 2b

53 Jay Tibbs p / LP

GAME 2

TWINS     001 006 100 8 1 0
ORIOLES 001 100 000 2 6 0


TIME :: 2:49
ATTENDANCE :: 29,578
WEATHER :: 91, HOT MUGGY

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