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APRIL 10 (1953) - Beer*
By Bill Grimes
Apr 10, 2007 - 2:30 PM

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This one’s not for you

ST. LOUIS , MISSOURI, APRIL 10, 1953 – Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick was not crazy about the St. Louis Cardinals wanting to name their ballpark after a beer. On this day in baseball the Cardinals got the hint and backed off. The ballpark they bought from the St. Louis Browns the day before was not going to be called Budweiser Stadium. Instead it was called Busch Stadium.

 

The head of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, an anti-alcohol group, wasn’t impressed by Anheuser–Busch’s decision. “Busch” wasn’t the name of a beer back in ’53, but it was the name of the family that owned the brewery and the team. So, Temperance Union President Leigh Colvin said, “You could toss up the three B’s. Call it Beer Park , Budweiser Park or Busch Park and they all mean the same thing.”

 

The Cardinals’ ballpark is still known as Busch Stadium, though it’s on its third incarnation since 1953.

How about a little history lesson. Guess which teams played in these old stadiums?

  1. Huntington Avenue Grounds
  2. West Side Park
  3. Jarry Park
  4. Shibe Park
  5. Forbes Field
  6. Polo Grounds
  7. Griffith Stadium

Scroll down for answers

 

Contributing sources:

The New York Times

www.wikipedia.com

www.todayinbaseballhistory.com

 

Answers to stadiums questions

  1. Huntington Avenue Grounds (1901 – 1911)       Boston Red Sox
  2. West Side Park (1893 – 1915)                               Chicago Cubs
  3. Jarry Park (1969 – 1976)                                       Montreal Expos
  4. Shibe Park (1909 – 1970)                                      Philadelphia A’s & Phillies
  5. Forbes Field (1909 - 1970)                                     Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. Polo Grounds (1911 – 1964)                                  New York Giants, Yankees, Mets
  7. Griffith Stadium (1903 – 1960)                             Washington Senators  

Sources:

http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/huntin.htm

http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/JarryPark.htm

http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/ForbesField.htm

http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/national/wstsid.htm

http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/griffi.htm

http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/shibep.htm



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