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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Shoe Box owner gets Kenosha Kingfish ready for first baseball season

I can’t wait for A League of Their Own tribute night.

The 2,200 seats came out of Camden Yards in Baltimore. The paving stones in the walkways were once part of Kenosha’s city streets.

And out in left field, one of the more bizarre fences in baseball was taking shape as a 43-foot fishing boat named Bambino was anchored to the ground with cement.

. . . the city-owned field that was opened in 1920 and was home to the Simmons Bedding Co. baseball team. During the stadium’s inaugural summer, the grandstand burned down, in a fire reputedly set by members of a rival Nash Motor Co. team.

The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: May 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4713094)
Fun anecdote from wikipedia: "The 1919 Chicago White Sox -- the team later known as the Black Sox -- even made plans to play against the Simmons team during the summer of 1920. However, a fire destroyed the wood grandstand in the stadium's inaugural season, and rumors persist to this day that supporters of the rival Nash Motor Company team started the Simmons fire."

A corporate baseball team burning a rival's stadium down says a lot about baseball back then.
   2. Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4713106)
The 2,200 seats came out of Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Pardon me?? How did they accomplish this? Or do they mean Memorial Stadium before that permanent monument to veterans fell to rubble? Or do they literally mean B&O Railroad's Camden Yards back in 1920???
   3. The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: May 25, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4713186)
From a broker, per the Kenosha News. A quick google search turns this up:!/~/category/id=1292367&offset=0&sort=normal
   4. Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4713213)
OK, so Memorial Stadium, which makes 10 tons more sense. I guess people 20 years later hear Baltimore and automatically think "Camden Yards". Seems like only 20 years ago I attended the very first game there.
   5. The Fallen Reputation of Billy Jo Robidoux Posted: May 25, 2014 at 07:01 PM (#4713235)
Well, the top stuff on the link: Here do say "Camden Yards," so . . .
   6. escabeche Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4713277)
Surely not Memorial Stadium. The Duck Pond here in Madison, where the Madison Mallards (owned by the same guy) play, also uses former OPACY seats, sold off when the Orioles did some renovations.

The Mallards are a great business story, by the way: Madison is a city of a quarter-million people that's had numerous affiliated MLB-affiliated minor league teams come here and fail. Now this guy has put together a semi-pro college summer league team that outdraws the median AAA team. It's kind of amazing!

   7. de Jesus was a Capricorn Posted: May 26, 2014 at 09:09 AM (#4713362)
The Mallards may be amazing, but I bet you never did the "Kenosha," kid.

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