Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site of Home Field of First Pro Baseball Team
The first professional baseball team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, played their home games on this site in a ballpark called Union Grounds. The facility included a main grandstand (nicknamed the “Grand Duchess”), two wings of bleacher seats down each baseline, and a clubhouse. Seating capacity was approximately 4,000, but as many as 12,000 were estimated to have filled the grounds for important games. The grounds were 550 feet square and were surrounded by a large fence.
Union Grounds opened in 1867 and hosted its first game on July 5th. After the Red Stockings disbanded in 1870, and with the owners of the club facing bankruptcy, the wooden stands and fence were dismantled and sold as scrap in 1872.
The ballpark was bounded by Kenner Street (to the north) and Hopkins Street (to the south). The main grandstand and home plate were located near this landmark and faced the northwest.
Location. 39° 6.603′ N, 84° 32.175′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the former Cincinnati Union Terminal (now the Cincinnati Museum Center), about 50 feet NE of the fountain. Marker is in this post office area: Cincinnati OH 45203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are John James Audubon in Cincinnati (within shouting distance of this marker); Cincinnati Union Terminal (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laurel-Lincoln World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Gamble House (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Betts House, 1804 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gaines High School / Peter H. Clark (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cincinnati Public Markets / The Northern Liberties (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Cincinnati.
Also see . . . Cincinnati Reds Ballparks. (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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