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Memorial Stadium (Baltimore) (8712 (Baltimore))


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8712 (Baltimore)

Baltimore Orioles (minor league) (IL) (mid-season 1944-1953) Baltimore Orioles (MLB) (1954-1991) Bowie Baysox (Eastern League) (1993) Baltimore Colts (AAFC / NFL) (1947-1950) Baltimore Colts (NFL) (1953-1983) Baltimore Stallions (CFL) (1994-1995) Baltimore Ravens (NFL) (1996-1997) Baltimore Bays (NASL) (1967-1968)

Memorial Stadium was a sports stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, that formerly stood on 33rd Street. It stood on an oversized block also bounded by Ellerslie Avenue (west), 36th Street (north), and Ednor Road (east). Two different stadiums were located here, a 1922 version known as Baltimore Stadium, Municipal Stadium, and Venable Stadium and the stadium that, when finally completed in 1950, would become known as Memorial Stadium, and for a time, Babe Ruth Stadium in reference to the then-recently departed Baltimore native. The stadium was also known as "The Old Gray Lady of 33rd Street", and also (for Colts games at least) as "The World's Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum."

The general layout of Memorial Stadium resembled a somewhat scaled-down version of Cleveland Stadium. Due to the need to fit a football field on the premises, the playing area was initially quite large, especially in center field and foul territory. The construction of inner fences after 1958, however, reduced the size of the outfield somewhat. The addition of several rows of box seats also reduced the foul ground, ultimately making the stadium much more of a hitters' park than it was originally. It did host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game that year. Memorial Stadium was one of the nation's few venues to host a World Series, an MLB All-Star Game, and an NFL Championship game.

The City of Baltimore solicited proposals for development of the site. Most proposals preserved some or all of the stadium, including the memorial to World War II veterans and words on the facade, one proposal even had a school occupying the former offices of Memorial Stadium and the field used as a recreational facility for the school. Mayor Martin J. O'Malley, however, favored the proposal that resulted in the total razing of the stadium, an act that many fought and protested. Former Mayor and Governor William Donald Schaefer continues to protest that the stadium was razed for political reasons. The venerable and historic stadium was demolished over a ten-month period beginning in April, 2001. Much of the stadium remnants were used to build an artificial reef in Chesapeake Bay.

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

Dist. by George Tinker

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