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Clearwater Athletic Field

 
 
Clearwater Athletic Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 25, 2016
1. Clearwater Athletic Field Marker
Inscription. In 1922, the Brooklyn Dodgers agreed to hold their spring training in Clearwater with the provision that the city would create an appropriate venue. The city broke ground on the Clearwater Athletic Field in December 1922 following the City Councilís decision to issue $25,000 in bonds to construct the field and a 2,000-seat wooden grandstand. Home plate was located at what is now the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and Seminole St., left field ran parallel to Palmetto St., and right field ran parallel to N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Players dressed in a wooden clubhouse off the third-base line, stayed downtown at the New Fort Harrison Hotel, and walked to and from practice. Professional and minor league teams that made the field their training home included the Brooklyn Dodgers (1923-32; 1936-41), Clearwater Pelicans (1924), Newark Bears (1933-35), Cleveland Indians (1942 and 1946), Clearwater Bombers professional softball (1945-54), Philadelphia Phillies (1947-54) and the Negro League Clearwater Black Sox (1952). The athletic field grandstand was destroyed by fire in 1956, but this remaining field was sometimes used for team practice and as a parking lot for games at nearby Jack Russell Stadium.
 
Erected 2015 by City of Clearwater, The Philadelphia Phillies, and the Florida Department of
Clearwater Athletic Field Marker and front of Rec Complex image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 25, 2016
2. Clearwater Athletic Field Marker and front of Rec Complex
State. (Marker Number F-879.)
 
Location. 27° 58.471′ N, 82° 47.515′ W. Marker is in Clearwater, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is on North Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue just south of Palmetto Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the North Greenwood Recreation/Aquatic Complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 North Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Clearwater FL 33755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Seminole Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Clearwater Post Office (approx. 0.7 miles away); Harbor Oaks Historic District (approx. 1.4 miles away); Magnolia Drive Dock (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Public School (approx. 2.4 miles away); The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance (approx. 2.6 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clearwater.
 
Categories. Sports
 
Rec Complex Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 25, 2016
3. Rec Complex Entrance Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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