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Seven seasons, three names, one park
2006-02-03 10:39
by Bob Timmermann

This is what Louis Prima would sing about the Giants home stadium. (Except I can't find the lyrics online, sorry, but it's a great song and it appears on This album.)

Not unexpectedly, SBC Park will become AT&T Park on March 1. As most of you know from the ubiquitous popup ads on seemingly ever news website, SBC (which stood for SBC) bought up the remnants of AT&T and switched to the more popular and even took over AT&T's old stock ticker symbol T.

Of stadiums currently in use here are the others that have had three or more different names in their lifetimes:

  • Anaheim - Anaheim Stadium, Edison International Field of Anaheim, Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
  • Florida - Joe Robbie Stadium, ProPlayer Stadium, Dolphins Stadium.
  • Oakland - Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum, UMAX Coliseum, Network Associates Coliseum, McAfee Coliseum.
  • Chicago - Weeghman Park, Cubs Park, Wrigley Field.

2006-02-03 12:03:58
1.   grandcosmo
I thought it was pretty small minded of the Dolphins organization not to go back to the name of Joe Robbie Stadium after Pro Player went under.
2006-02-03 12:04:21
2.   FirstMohican
"The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium of Anaheim," but the lease agreement probably only requires one "Anaheim" so maybe "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium" might be better for fans.

As far as ATT Park, not sure that they have the cash for naming rights, but they have had a debatable effect on the history of the organization, so Balco Ballfield wouldn't be so bad. If San Fran had just dished out some cash for the stadium, this might not even be a problem.

2006-02-03 12:36:30
3.   Sliced Bread
I thought the Marlins ballpark was called "Vacancy. Hourly Rates. No Credit Card."

How many photos you think Prima looked at before he chose that album cover? I'm guessing a hundred.

2006-02-03 12:37:25
4.   Bob Timmermann
I thought Louis Prima always looked like that.
2006-02-03 12:48:36
5.   Sliced Bread
Good point. I guess if I had that voice, and those songs in my head all day, I'd walk around as perpetually blissed out as Louis Prima.
2006-02-03 13:33:15
6.   Bob Timmermann
Keely Smith still wears her hair with the curl on the side.

For our younger readers, Louis Prima did the song "Jump, Jive, and Wail" and it was used in a Gap commercial.

For not as young readers, he was the voice of King Louie in "The Jungle Book", although his parking lot section at Disneyland no longer exists...

For our much older readers, Prima wrote "Sing, Sing, Sing".

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