Builders' Stadium
Virginia Avenue (now Warwick Boulevard)
at 73rd Street, Newport News, VA

"A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz."

- Humphrey Bogart
 (25 Dec 1899 - 14 Jan 1957)




Came to me from my cousin. Worth linking in the next newsletter.


Greatest Play in Major League Baseball

 It was thirty years ago.

 Turn up the volume.............


- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/23/06
WOWZERONI-ROONI!!! Thanks so much, Dave!


As I remembered, home plate and the grandstand behind it was located just about 73rd Street and Warwick Boulevard. The 'vacant' lot across the road is really the navy reserve center's ball field. The gym is partly in view at the extreme left of this photo. The area to the right of the stadium (which I believe was also called Builders' Stadium, back then - and also The Home of the Baby Dodgers) was used for parking, and also is where some circus and carnivals set up, in the late 40s/early 50s. During WWII, it was steel plate unloading and interim storage area for the shipyard. The fairly large building to the left of the stadium is where Rulane Gas Co. was located, back then. Or maybe it was called Suburban - I forget.

Across the tracks, the then-largely undeveloped area around Jefferson Avenue can be seen. The white building on the far side of Jefferson is the Dr. Pepper plant (you can even make out its distinctive tower). In the upper left-hand corner you can just barely see a part of the Military Highway traffic circle.

And near that, what looks like a barracks-type building is the area where POW's were located, during the war (I think - but its just a guess on my part - that these were the ones that worked in the port area).

Lastly, part of the then-brand new Huntington Courts apartments dominates the lower right hand quadrant of this image.

Bill Lee (WHS - '54 - of NC) sent this to me yesterday, as a follow-on to our prior discussions about the NN Dodgers and their old stadium on Virginia Avenue at 73rd Street

It's an 8x10 aerial view of the Huntington Courts apartments (and surroundings) from a position over the river and looking towards the railroad tracks. I can pretty much date it based on what appears (and what doesn't!), and also by comparing it with the picture that was in the 1946 book about Newport News.
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/13/07
WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Dave - and Bill!


Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today!
We're born again, there's new grass on the field.
A-roundin' third, and headed for home, it's a brown-eyed handsome man;
Anyone can understand the way I feel.

Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be Centerfield.

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin' it from the bench;
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out.
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio;
Don't say "it ain't so", you know the time is now.


Yeah! I got it, I got it!

Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes;
You know I think it's time to give this game a ride.
Just to hit the ball and touch 'em all - a moment in the sun;
(pop) It's gone and you can tell that one goodbye!


(This page was created on 08/14/07.)

John Fogarty's "Center Field" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/14/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Makes you wanna go see Bull Durham again, doesn't it?"

Yep!  Thanks again, Dave!

"Center Field" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/13/03
Thanks again, Dave!

Baseball Image courtesy of - uh, well, I don't know, but it's been in my files since 10/30/04

Baseball Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/14/03

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