Remembering The Stadium

The crowd breathed baseball, but the experience spilled over into many other things urban, 20th century, and distinctly Philadelphia. Memory can be tricky, especially when overlaid with decades of vintage photographs, but there is no mistaking the real thing that lives deep inside. More lasting than images is the first impression of being brought into a great and wonderful place. Like a circus or a county fair, the evening's humid air was spiced with mustard, hot dogs, cigars, popcorn and beer. But this was not lighthearted like a circus. Here stood a palace to serious play from Philadelphia's Iron Age that trembled, ever so gently as the fans shuffled up metal staircases to the stands. Then, at the top (or as far from the top as we could afford tickets) our eyes felt both jolted and treated to the first images of a real, fresh, sward of green, tidy and lined. On it were the boys of summer, not always heroes - but that didn't stop us from hoping. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.

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Marking Pennsylvania History

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Pitcher Randy Wolf will represent the Philadelphia Phillies in tonight's baseball All-Star Game. Today the Phillies are the only game in town. But for almost half a century, Philadelphia had two major league teams - and a team in the Negro Leagues, too. WHYY's Joel Rose looks back at the days when Philadelphia was a three-team town. [Listen]

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