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There is a website,, which contains information about major sports venues, both past and present. I've gotten lost a few times in going to that site and reading about the now-defunct major league baseball stadiums. This is about what happened to some of those places.

Cy Young looks in for the sign

as the students pass by

on their way to class.

In another part of Beantown,

on another campus a short train ride away,

the fans all cheer the football team

in the Braves' first right field stands.


You can stop and park by the spot

where Henry passed the Babe

and coeds look down on the home

where Mazeroski won the game.


And sick people heal on the field

where the Big Train once rumbled through.

A mall now sits on the Killer's grounds.

A street runs through Crosley Field.


The Tribe's first home still stands today,

Well, just the ticket booth.

Like Sportsman's Park, A city kid's refuge

from the terror of the streets.

With just a plaque to say

that once upon a time, a ballpark stood here.   





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Reviewed by Georg Mateos
The ball park is gone...just a plaque saying there was one.
Home runs, foul balls, can'tyouhitsomethingyousonofabich???!!!! to a rocky missing his first batting.
Then silence, like nothing had been there...ever.
You are a gifted one, don't stop your poems coming toward us.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Fine memories, Steve. This place looks nothing like it did when I first moved here some years ago. They call it "progress." I call it a shame for the most part. Thanks for sharing this. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
Ahhh the nostalgia of great ballparks. Your poem brings back pleasant memories for me, Steve.
My fave was Sportsmans Park, in St. Louis MO. Doncha love that name: Sportsmans Park! Right on N. Grand Avenue! It had magic for me as a child (many years ago :o) growing up in St. Louis. Back then there were the St. Louis Browns AND Cardinals. As a girl scout (the boy scouts, too) we were given free tickets for the bleachers...every home game played by either teams! Every Saturday was our choice; Sunday's were for church and family, and nights were NOT a choice, per Mom.
When they tore down the old park, I had already moved to Texas, and was disappointed when the new, replacement park downtown was named Busch Stadium. It was, of course, their right to name after the family...but I felt so much was lost with Sportsmans Park gone. For some reason, I kinda lost interest in the game after that.

Oh, but now we DO have The Texas Rangers ballpark not far from where I live..and it's a B-E-A-U-T-Y.

Enjoyed your poem.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Changes of the new world is inevitable...but then again gaint ghosts will arise...just to fall again like the previous ones!!

Vivid imagery you painted here!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
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