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Durham Athletic Park (P85712)

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Harder to find, last issue produced of the old ballpark!

DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK

P85712

Durham Bulls (Piedmont League) (1920-1933, 1936-1943), Durham Black Sox (1920s-1930s) (Negro League), Durham Eagles/Rams (1940s-1960s), Durham Bulls (Carolina League) (1945-1967, 1980-1994), Raleigh-Durham Mets/Phillies/Triangles (Carolina League) (1968-1971), Durham Braves/Americans (Coastal Plain League) (1997-2002), Durham Dragons (softball), North Carolina Central Eagles (NCAA)

Durham Athletic Park, affectionately known as "The DAP" (pronounced like "cap"), is a former minor league baseball park in Durham, North Carolina. The ballpark site was home to various incarnations of the Durham Bulls from 1926 through 1994. As of 2010, the DAP still stands north of the downtown, on the block bounded by Washington, Corporation, Foster and Geer Streets.

Durham Athletic Park became one of the most famous minor league ballparks in history, thanks to the 1988 film Bull Durham, featuring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Most of the filming was done at the DAP, following the end of the Carolina League season of 1987. The film's wide acclaim helped fuel the burgeoning public interest in minor league ball in general, and in the case of Durham this explosion of popularity caused the DAP to become a victim of its own success; despite expansion with temporary bleachers, it was just too small to handle the increase in crowd size and the Bulls Triple-A ambitions. The Bulls moved to their new home in downtown Durham, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park or "DBAP" for the 1995 season.

Used (1997) 4" x 6" continental size chrome postcard.

Photo by Simon Griffiths

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