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MAY 14 (1927) - Collapse*
By Bill Grimes
May 14, 2007 - 9:56 PM

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Stands collapse causing stampede

PHILADELPIA , PENNSYLVANIAMAY 14, 1927 – A frightening situation at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl on this date in 1927. Stands down the right field line of the Phillies home stadium collapsed during a game. Hundreds of fans fell on other fans below. Dozens were injured. Miraculously, no one was killed in the collapse, however one fan died during the ensuing stampede to get away from the crushing stands. The collapse was reportedly caused by rotting supports. The Phillies had to play the last 12 home games of the 1927 season at the A’s Shibe Park.

The Baker Bowl was officially named National League Park. Baker Bowl or Baker Field was a reference to one-time owner William F. Baker. The park was home to the Phillies from 1887 to 1938. Because it had to fit within the confines of Philadelphia’s grid system, right field was only about 275 feet from home plate. The distance changed from time to time, but it was never more than 280 feet away. Right center was only 300 feet. These "softball-size" distances required the erection of a wall 60 feet high in right field. By comparison, the “Green Monster” in Boston is 37 feet high.

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http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/pinstripepress/MLBTimeline20.htm
http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/national/bakerb.htm
http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nl/philadelphiaphils/phillies.html
http://www.retrosheet.org/
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