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The stadium that never was?
2008-03-13 18:00
by Bob Timmermann

Back on February 28, 1957, the Los Angeles Examiner ran this artists rendering of what a 60,000 seat version of Wrigley Field (West Coast Edition) would have looked like:


Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

So, did anyone remember where we parked the Buick in the world's largest undifferentiated parking lot?

This link will show you what Wrigley Field of L.A. really looked like. And a link to a satellite image from Google of what the area looks like today.


2008-03-13 19:47:16
1.   bobsbrother
The Times once ran that photo in one of their history columns, but didn't realize it was just a drawing and that the stadium actually never looked like that.

It would also appear that the only way into the lot is through one lane in the bottom left corner. Be sure to arrive early on Cap Night.

2008-03-13 19:54:37
2.   Bob Timmermann
Don't forget the convenient freeway access!
2008-03-13 20:59:17
3.   scareduck
You can tell it predates the general idea of a blanked out batter's eye (the notch in center field has fans in the bleachers).

The park was actually situated with home plate on the southeast corner of 41st Place and Avalaon Blvd. The lot containing that property currently houses a mental health facility. The city acquired the western part of the block, where the baseball diamond presently stands, before demolition started in 1969.

2008-03-13 21:33:26
4.   Daniel Zappala
I consider Angels Stadium to have the current largest undifferentiated parking lot. I can never find my way back to the car.
2008-03-13 22:43:25
5.   dzzrtRatt
No advertising? Just a big, classy clock tower. How did they propose to pay for the thing?
2008-03-14 05:04:27
6.   joejoejoe
I like the true photographic surroundings better than the ominous generic buildings they put in modern stadium models.
2008-03-14 07:58:57
7.   Murray
Maybe the Cubs should consider doing this to Wrigley Field.
2008-03-14 12:03:38
8.   Linkmeister
I actually saw an Angels game at the real Wrigley Field in LA, I suppose in 1962. Steve Bilko! Albie Pearson!
2008-03-14 13:01:57
9.   Bob Timmermann

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