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Francisco Casa Grande Practice Diamonds (69478)

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FRANCISCO CASA GRANDE PRACTICE DIAMONDS

69478

San Francisco Giants Spring Training (1962-1980)

I
t still feels like the middle of nowhere, so imagine how remote Francisco Casa Grande must have felt in 1962 when the San Francisco Giants launched spring training at the spanking-new $2 million resort. The resort, located outside of small Casa Grande, Arizona, was designed to be a total self-contained environment for the Giants, featuring its own airstrip, 18-hole championship golf course, pool and multi-field complex. Next to it: a 3,000-seat ballpark used occasionally for exhibition games, although the Giants frequently traveled to Phoenix for the majority of their games.

Today the resort still stands and is a pleasant diversion should you need a break as you drive between Phoenix and Tucson: it's 50 miles south of Phoenix and 70 miles north of Tucson. It was renovated in 2004 -- to the tune of $8 million -- and it still retains some of the charming baseball touches in the original design. The pool is still shaped like a baseball bat, kinda, while the parking lot is laid out like a catcher's mitt. (Go up to the rooftop for the best view.) Within the resort are pictures from the days when the Giants trained there. Despite the renovation, the resort still has an early-1960s feel, and you'll want to spend a little time wandering the lobby and the grounds..

Gone are the practice fields and the ballpark. The watching stand at the center of the practice fields still stands.  You can imagine Alvin Dark or Herman Franks hanging out and measuring the spring progress of Willie Mays, Juan Marachial and Gaylord Perry.

Unused 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" standard size chrome postcard.

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