South Side Park
This was the site of two different ballparks. I will highlight each one separately below in chronological order.
|Park Name: South Side Park (I)|
|Team: Chicago Unions (UA 1884)||Opening Day: June 18, 1882|
|First Unions Game: May 2, 1884||Last Unions Game: August 1, 1884|
|AKA: Chicago Cricket Club Grounds, Union Ball Park, 39th Street Grounds|
Baseball first came to the old Chicago Cricket Grounds with the Chicago ball club of the Union Association. They found no fan support and were forced to move to Pittsburgh after less than a year. (The league would only last one). Sixteen years would go by before baseball was played at this site again, but when it was, it lasted 40 years.
|Park Name: South Side Park (III)|
|Team: Chicago White Sox (AL 1901-10), Chicago American Giants (NNL1 1920-31, NSL 1932, NNL2 1933-35, NAL 1937-40), Chicago Giants (NNL1 1920-21)||Opening Day: April 24, 1901|
|Capacity: 15,000||Burned: 1909, December 25, 1940|
|AKA: White Sox Park, Schorling Park, Giants Park|
The grandstand for this park was built in 1900 for the American League Chicago White Sox and rebuilt after a 1909 fire. The second grandstand lasted 31 years, which is quite a long time for a wooden ballpark. The White Sox were forced to move after the 1910 season because their popularity outgrew the park. This park was nicknamed "The Hitless Wonder" because it was such a pitchers park. Deep center field was a ways from home, but not as long as the corners. No homers were seen in this park in two consecutive years.
After the White Sox moved out, the American Giants started playing their games here, as early as 1911. This team was managed by Rube Foster, the man who would go on to start the Negro National League. He managed from a box seat instead of a bench, always with a pipe or cigar in his mouth.
© 2004-17 Paul Healey.