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Jack Russell Memorial Stadium

 
 
Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 13, 2020
1. Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Marker
Inscription.  Jack Russell was a local businessman, city commissioner, chairman of the Clearwater baseball committee, and former major league baseball pitcher integral in the construction of a new stadium in the City of Clearwater. Russell advocated for the construction of a new stadium to host the Philadelphia Phillies' spring training. In 1954, Russell had plans drawn for the 4,744-seat stadium at a price tag of $317,563. The first game was played on March 10, 1955, when the Phillies defeated the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. Named in his honor, the Jack Russell Memorial Stadium was the spring home of the Philadelphia Phillies from the time it opened in 1955 until 2004. During that time, the Phillies won the World Series in 1980, three National League Pennants, and six National League East Division titles. Jack Russell Memorial Stadium was also home to the Clearwater Bombers men's fast pitch softball team, a 10-time Amateur Athletic Union World Champion. From 1985-2003, the stadium served as home of the Clearwater Phillies Single-A minor league team. In 2018, a memorial park was constructed to recognize the National Baseball Hall of Fame members who played at the
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Erected 2018 by The City of Clearwater, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1041.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is March 10, 1955.
 
Location. 27° 58.409′ N, 82° 47.402′ W. Marker is in Clearwater, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is at the intersection of Seminole Street and Phillies Drive, on the right when traveling west on Seminole Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Phillies Drive, Clearwater FL 33755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clearwater Athletic Field (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Greenwood African American Memorial Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clearwater Post Office (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Seminole Bridge (approx. ¾ mile away); The Old Pinellas County Courthouse (approx. one mile away); South Ward School Site (approx. 1.2 miles away); Harbor Oaks Historic District (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clearwater.
 
Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Marker looking toward the stadium image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 13, 2020
2. Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Marker looking toward the stadium
Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Marker in island looking southwest from stadium image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 13, 2020
3. Jack Russell Memorial Stadium Marker in island looking southwest from stadium
Jack Russell Memorial Stadium image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 13, 2020
4. Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 21, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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