"A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz."
- Humphrey Bogart
- 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.
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.)
"Center Field" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/14/03
"Makes you wanna go see Bull Durham again, doesn't it?"
Yep! Thanks again, Dave!
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 geocities.com/Colosseum/Park/4732/baseball.html - 05/14/03
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