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Greenlee Field

Greenlee Field
Location Bedford Ave. & Chauncey St.
Hill District
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 United States
Owner Gus Greenlee
Capacity 7500
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened April 29, 1932
Demolished 1938
Construction cost $100,000
($1.55 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Tenants
Pittsburgh Crawfords 1932 - 1938
Homestead Grays 1932 – 1937
Designated July 17, 2009[2]

Greenlee Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, was the first black-built and black-owned major league baseball field in the United States.

The field was the dream of Gus Greenlee, owner of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. In 1931, construction started on Bedford Avenue between Chauncy and Duff in Pittsburgh's Hill District. The park opened on April 29, 1932, and reportedly cost $100,000. The first game was the next day, April 30, 1932 and had future hall of famers Satchel Paige pitching to catcher Josh Gibson as City Council members, the Allegheny County commissioners and Mayor Kline watched from the stands. Greenlee Field held 7500 spectators and it was the home field for the Crawfords throughout the Great Depression era. The Homestead Grays also played there for a time. It was located a few blocks up Bedford Avenue from Ammon Field, home to the Pittsburgh Keystones.

Greenlee was forced to shut out blacks from ballpark jobs during the 1938 season. This angered the team's fans, and they stayed away in droves. After the season, the Crawfords disbanded and Greenlee Field was torn down.

The Pittsburgh Steelers used the field for in-season practices during the 1930s.[3]

Notes

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=J7VRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=K2kDAAAAIBAJ&dq=mcnally%20pittsburgh&pg=2384%2C2841237

References

  • Lowry, Philip J. (1992). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 271 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present. Reading: Addison-Wesley.  
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article


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