Connie Mack Stadium - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Part I
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MUSIC - Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen

Photographed in 1991, 1994 and 2002 using film. Photographed in 2007 using digital.

DISCLAIMER - Photos WITHOUT my watermark are not mine and were found on the internet. These photos are NOT for sale.

Connie Mack Stadium - Opened April 12, 1909 and closed October 1, 1970. A fire in 1971 destroyed the upper deck. The park was finally torn down in 1976. The site is now deliverance church. Connie Mack Stadium / Shibe park was literally 7 blocks west of old Baker Bowl on Lehigh Avenue.

Known as Shibe Park 1908 - 1953, Connie Mack Stadium 1953 - 1970.

Location - Connie Mack Stadium, N. 21st St., W. Lehigh Ave., N 20th St., W. Somerset St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Home plate was at the 21st and Lehigh entrance.

Connie Mack Stadium / Shibe Park was known as the "Church of baseball." The plot of land located at 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue in northwest Philadelphia was the home to both the Philadelphia Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies. Shibe park opened on April 12th, 1909 as the home park to the Philadelphia A's. For 61 seasons it housed countless baseball games, as well as Eagles football.

When it opened, Shibe park (named after A's owner Ben Shibe) was state of the art for the time. It was housed in a residential neighborhood, much like most of the parks were in that time. The A's played there from 1909 till 1954. The A's of Connie Mack won world series in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929 and 1930. The A's had several hall of famers play at Connie Mack. From their owner / manager Connie Mack to Eddie Collins, Frank "Home Run" Baker, Jimmy Foxx, Eddie Plank, Chief Bender, Rube Waddell, Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove and Al Simmons. In the 1954 with money problems and Connie Mack's two sons feuding with each other, the A's were sold and moved to Kansas City.

In 1933, Connie Mack erected a "spite fence" along the right field wall. He was tired of people sitting on the roof's of houses across 20th Street and seeing the games for free.

Due to the decrepit conditions of nearby Baker Bowl, the Phillies moved in as CO-tenants with the A's at Shibe Park. When the A's finally moved, the Phillies took over and remained at the site until October 1, 1970. The Phillies paid homage to Connie Mack by renaming the park in his honor in 1953.

The Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL called Connie Mack home from 1938 till 1970, when they moved to Franklin field at the university of Pennsylvania.

The Phillies rewarded the long suffering Philadelphia fans by getting to the 1950 world series against the Yankees. The "whiz kids" were led by hall of famers Robin Roberts, Jim Konstanty, Richie Ashburn and team favorites "Granny" Hamner, "Puddin head" Jones, Eddie Waitkus, Del Ennis and Andy Semenick. Alas, the whiz kids were not able to bring the first world championship home for the Phillies. They lost 4 straight to New York. The Phillies had one more hurrah at the old park. In 1964, they had a 6 1/2 game lead with 12 to play. They collapsed, losing 10 straight and the pennant to the eventual world champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Finally in 1970 they played their last season at Connie Mack. The neighborhood had deteriorated badly, and crime was everywhere. Muggings and other attacks were common in the area. On October 1, 1970, the final major league baseball game was played here. The Phillies defeated the Montreal Expos 2-1 in 10 innings. Unfortunately, post game ceremonies were canceled due to fans literally ripping the old girl apart.

Connie Mack stadium sat vacant for 6 years. On August 21, 1971, arsonists started a fire that destroyed the upper deck. Finally in 1976, the old lady of the North side was demolished. The lot at 21st and Lehigh sat vacant for 15 years. In 1991 the trash was removed and the Deliverance church was built on the site. A marker on Lehigh Avenue was placed to let people know what once stood on the site.


Disclaimer.....The actual photos of the exteriors and interiors of Connie Mack stadium were not taken by me. I found these photos on the internet.
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My first ever view of the site where Connie Mack stadium stood. From Lehigh Avenue. September 1991


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Map of 21st and Lehigh in North Philadelphia. Site of old Connie Mack Stadium Photo from internet.


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Connie Mack Stadium once stood right in the center of the photo. Photo from internet.


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The view from 21st and Lehigh, just before Connie Mack was raized. You can see how much of the upper deck was damaged by fire. All the windows are smashed in. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Connie Mack stadium circa 2002. It is appropriate that a church be built on the site. 6/02


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A RARE view of the interior of Connie Mack stadium.


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These houses are on Lehigh, just east of where the park stood. The neighborhood is not in the best part of town. September 1991


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The right field corner at 20th and Lehigh. September 1991


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This would have been the 3rd base side of Connie Mack Stadium. From 21st Street. September 1991


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This view is looking at the left field stands of old Connie Mack. July 2007


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Connie Mack Stadium site. The church is finished. July 1994


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The marker for Connie Mack Stadium on Lehigh Avenue. July 2007


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The entrance to the park at 21st and Lehigh. July 2007


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The houses down 20th street that overlooked the right field wall. July 2007


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There is a story to this.... This building is located at the corner of 21st street and Somerset. It was right in back of the left field stands. Legend has it that players used to sneak out of the park durning the game and drop in the bar that was there for a beer. Thanks to Bob Uecker for the info! July 2007


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Another view of the bar that was at 21st and Somerset. July 2007


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Another view of the church / park entrance. This would have been the home plate entrance with the rotunda. July 2007


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An artifact from old Connie Mack. A turnstile. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Connie Mack stadium at 21st and Lehigh in the 50s. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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A picture from the early days of the park. This is basically the same view as the previous photo. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Early shot of the front entrance. NO I wasn't there! Photo from internet, date unknown.


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An aerial view of Connie Mack stadium. You can see how it is squeezed into the neighborhood. The park across Lehigh is Reyburn park. It is still there today. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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An interior view of Shibe park. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Connie Mack in the 60's. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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This shot is of the old Phillies clubhouse in Connie Mack stadium. According to Fergie Jenkins, the clubhouse was "cozy". Not A LOT of room at all. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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A concession stand inside Connie Mack stadium. Check out the prices! Photo from internet, date unknown.


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A great shot of the rooftops on 20th street in the 20s. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Another aerial view of Shibe park. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Early shot of the interior. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Main entrance, and the sports inn to the left. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Here you can see Shibe POark at the bottom and Baker Bowl a mere 6 blocks to the east, at the top of the photo. From internet, date unknown.


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A rare view of the left field entrances. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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You can see the park abandoned from 21st and Lehigh in the 70s. The upper deck roof has collapsed after the devastating fire in 1971. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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The ruins of a once proud ballpark. Photo from internet.


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The sad destruction of a great ballpark. The upper deck has been damaged by the 1971 fire. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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The old scoreboard, that once stood in Yankee stadium, now sits empty. Waiting for the wreckers ball. Photo from internet.


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You can see where the roof has caved in after the fire. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Looking towards home plate from right centerfield. You can see how the upper deck and roof behind home plate has caved in and collapsed after the fire. Photo from internet, date unknown


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After the fire amid the rubble of Connie Mack stadium. This is looking down the first base line. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Looking into the debris of the phillies dugout. The field is a mass of weeds and pieces of the park after the devastating fire. Photo from internet, date uknown.


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Connie Mack stadium sits vacant and waiting for the wrecking ball. The sports inn sits across the street from the park, abandoned and boarded up. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Another interior view of Connie Mack after the fire. The once green grass is covered with weeds and debris. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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An abandoned and badly damaged Connie Mack stadium awaits demolition. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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The Lehigh side or 1st base side of Connie Mack stadium in decay. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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Connie Mack's office. All the windows have been busted out. I can only imagine what the inside looked like. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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A shot outside the visitors locker room at Shibe Park. Photo from internet.


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Inside the visitors locker room at Shibe Park. Photo from internet.


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Mickey Mantle inside the Shibe park visitors clubhouse.


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The final out at Connie Mack stadium, October 1,1970, and the ensuing riot. Photo from internet,.


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The main entrance to the old park. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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The sparse crowds for a Phillies game in the 60's. Due to rampant crime and a deteriorating neighborhood, fans stayed away in droves. The press box is barely visible at the top of the photo. It was located on the roof. You can see how steep the seating area in the upper deck was. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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A view from the upper deck. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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A great panoramic shot of how Connie Mack looked in her heyday. I wish I could have seen Connie Mack, but it was torn down before I got the chance. As a kid, I would listen to Vin Scully on the radio, describing the scene in long abandoned parks, such as Connie Mack, and Forbes field. I could picture in my mind how the park looked and smelled. All that is left now is a marker, and a lot of memories for Phillie fans and baseball fans in general. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give Connie Mack stadium an 8, even tho I never saw a game here. I wish I had. Photo from internet, date unknown.


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The end of the line for a great ballpark. The last pieces of Connie Mack stadium come down. Summer of 1976. Photo from internet.


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Connie Mack stadium seats at Duncan athletic park in Spartanburg, South Carolina. September 1991


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From ballpark to church. The plot of ground at 21st and Lehigh in North Philadelphia. July 1994