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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Image of the day: Wahconah from Space

Image of the Day has returned for a special run, as we’ll see images of Baseball parks… FROM OUTER SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCCCEEE!

Today is Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass. Many of you are probably familiar with it, at least passingly, and anybody who isn’t should be able to figure out what is so unusual about it by looking at this satellite image.


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Gamingboy Posted: July 23, 2011 at 05:45 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: July 24, 2011 at 01:35 AM (#3884065)
Many of you are probably familiar with it, at least passingly, and anybody who isn’t should be able to figure out what is so unusual about it by looking at this satellite image.
The fact that it faces roughly westward?
   2. Joe Kehoskie Posted: July 24, 2011 at 02:36 AM (#3884129)
My one and only trip to Wahconah Park was in late July or early August of 1991 -- 20 years ago. Amazing how quickly time flies.

It was a quirky ballpark with the "sun delays" in center, but in a sign of how far MiLB has come in just 20 years, Wahconah was actually one of the better New York-Penn ballparks at the time. (And it was only a couple years removed from being a Double-A ballpark.)
   3. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: July 24, 2011 at 02:44 AM (#3884132)
The fact that it faces roughly westward?


Does it look like a diamond?
   4. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 24, 2011 at 03:26 AM (#3884149)
the infield. Absolutely. Now there does seem to be disagreement about whether the diamond is the whole field (wikipedia) or the infield (baseball almanac, free online dictionary).
   5. bobm Posted: July 24, 2011 at 06:54 AM (#3884179)
[1] The fact that it faces roughly westward?

Just for fun, here you can see the orientation of all MLB ballparks, at Flip Flop Fly Ball.
   6. Gamingboy Posted: July 24, 2011 at 02:09 PM (#3884221)
Yes, what is so unusual about Wahconah (which was the subject of a Jim Bouton which was a interesting look at small-city politics) is that it faces West. Because of the fact it faces west (it is one of- if not THE- oldest stadium in America, from long before there were lights), there are occasionally, as Joe said, "sun delays" when the sun sets.

Although, yeah, it DOES look like a honest-to-goodness diamond, because the outfield is elongated to allow for High School football.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: July 24, 2011 at 05:17 PM (#3884274)
Also looks like CF is not the deepest part of the park.
   8. Something Other Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:09 AM (#3884511)
@7: correct, although I think the latest configuration involves a temporary, three foot high fence in right field that gives the field more conventional, symmetrical dimensions. It takes a little getting used to, to see kids wandering around behind the right fielder. The temporary fence is painted green and there's no warning track, so from the stands the temp fence blends in with the background. At certain times it looks like kids are just walking around or having a catch in the deep, RF grass. A strange, pleasant sight.

Waconah is a very pleasant place to catch a game, although with the sun delay, it's not unusual for a 7pm game to last past 11. Inexpensive food and drink, intelligent fans. Box seats are something like $9.

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