“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Palo Alto in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Play Ball!

Play Ball! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 20, 2015
1. Play Ball! Marker
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Inscription.  Baseball was the country’s favorite sport in the 1890’s. Communities across America supported amateur baseball teams comprised of local young men. Mayfield’s baseball team, the Ringtailed Roarers, played other local teams up and down the Peninsula, traveling as far as Gilroy to play. In Mayfield, sports activities and other social events were held at the town’s unofficial park, Dornberger’s Grove, which was located a few blocks from here at Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard. Nearby at Stanford, baseball was also becoming popular. Perhaps the most noteworthy baseball games on campus in the 1890’s were the annual games between faculty and the students. Stanford President David Starr Jordan and his faculty team enjoyed a long winning streak during the period.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports.
Location. 37° 25.404′ N, 122° 8.581′ W. Marker is in Palo Alto, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from El Camino Real (State Highway 82), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the parking lot of the
Play Ball! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 20, 2015
2. Play Ball! Marker
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Stanford – Palo Alto Community Playing Fields located at the corner of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palo Alto CA 94306, 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. The Crossroads of Mayfield (here, next to this marker); Town and Gown (within shouting distance of this marker); Mayfield School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Uncle Jim’s Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herring Box School (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Herring Box School (approx. ¼ mile away); Homesite of Sarah Wallis (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Gordon Hampton Oak (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palo Alto.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2015, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2016, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Oct. 20, 2021