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Your site is just awesome. While I never went to Old Comiskey Park one of my fondest memories was seeing the AL beat the NL in the 83 All Star game on the first grand slam in AS history by Fred Lynn. What a magical year 83 was for the Sox too.

I was wondering when the Sox torn down Old Comiskey, did they sell any of the seats or any other pieces of the stadium? I would love to own a brick or something from Old Comiskey Park.

Thanks,

David

REPLY:  Try eBay.  Individual sellers often auction their Old Comiskey merchandise there, including bricks and seats.


Many thanks for this wonderful look into the past.  As a native Chicagoan now living in California, perusing these great photos brought back many fond memories...my first game at Comiskey in 1954.  The Sox played the Orioles on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  I can still picture it in my mind!   Sitting in the first row of the left field upper deck when Dave Nicholson hit one over our heads onto the roof!  
 

I found your site due to the fact I've  got ballparks on my mind these past few days.  Just went last night to the opening of a brand new stadium here in Fresno, California, new home of the Fresno Grizzlies, the SF Giants AAA affiliate.  
 

Anyway, thanks again for providing some great memories.

Best regards

Joe Wozniczka


I am very thankful that you have a web site for White Sox fans to see. It is a catastrophe, not a mistake, that Old Comiskey was torn down. Chicago's politicians, legislature, governor, mayor and everyone else knows it. Where is Jim Thompson have to say about this? He is the one that signed the death warrant. I am very surprised that Mayor Daley does not do anything to correct this situation. Old Comiskey should have been marketed and rehabilitated. This would have made this ballpark more famous than Wrigley Field. Forget the Bears, rebuild Old Comiskey in all its original flavor at a favorable lakefront site!

I always loved Old Comiskey to the point that it has been become an obsession for me. Everything about it I loved, including the poles. This park was to me my second home.

Even after ten years I am cursing its destruction, totally unnecessary. I predict a duplicate will be made in the near future, somewhere in Chicago, as anger keeps rising about New Comiskey. Not even a monument but a parking lot is all we see now. It is disgusting!  A monument should be erected there, not asphalt!

When Jerry Reinsdorf sells the team, a new owner will not accept New Comiskey, either a duplicate is made for a site of Old Comiskey to be built or the team moves to another city, period. This I predict will happen for the White Sox, because they better start preparing for the future. The Illinois legislature owes the people of Chicago a brand new Old Comiskey!
Attendance will continue to fall to the point where the team will have to move to another city.

Jerry Reinsdorf and the Illinois legislature should have not been allowed to destroy Old Comiskey. Now we are saddled with a concrete piece of garbage that has no value or any affinity to Old Comiskey. Even New Comiskey's scoreboard fireworks come out of left center field instead of out of the rocket shutes of the scoreboard, not even giving an impression of an exploding scoreboard!

Can you imagine, a rebuilt Old Comiskey, with new red bricks and its intimate tinker type quality of its upper deck and its trusses? In its lakefront setting, the new building would be a site to behold.

I know that I am not alone in my views. Something has to give. The Illinois legislature and former governor Jim Thompson has to come forward and acknowledge that a catastrophe has been made. Who is going to pay for all this?  The new park has been forced upon us without our consent and to the people of Chicago and Illinois, therefore the city is obliged to pay for it.  If the funds for Soldier Field rehabilitation are available, they will have to be abrogated for the Comiskey Park rebuilding plan.

What to do about New Comiskey? Either turn it into a shopping mall or a soccer field for the Chicago Fire. As a last resort, tear it down and place a plaque that this mistake was due to the shortsightedness of Jerry Reinsdorf and the Illinois legislature.

Sincerely,

Anthony S. Cerabona
 


I have many memories of old Comiskey.  First is smelling the combination of stale beer and fresh cut grass as soon as you walk in.  This is something you never forget.  Next is meeting Mr.Veeck under the stands, asking us if we were enjoying ourselves.  But my greatest memory is the very first game I ever attended back in the mid -to-late sixties (I forgot the exact year).  I was about 7 or 8 years old when my uncle somehow got tickets right behind the Sox dugout.  My dad, uncle, younger brother and I got to the game early to watch bp.  

At that time my favorite player was Pete Ward.  Well as luck would have it Mr. Ward was approaching the dugout from the outfield, right to where we were sitting.  My dad got up with our program and pen and asked Mr. Ward for his autograph.  Without saying one word Mr. Ward takes the progam with his right hand and places a ball on top of the dugout in front of me, all in the same motion.  Being that the dugout roof was slanted the ball falls right into my glove.  The program was returned with Mr. Ward's signature on it.  At that moment I was a Sox and baseball fan for life.  

When we got back home after the game my brother and I immediately played with the ball, an official baseball.  Both the ball and the program are unfortunately long gone but the memory of this moment remains one of the best I've ever had.

Jeff Woszczynski 


I came across your site a day or two ago, and felt the urge to write you and thank you for what you've done. The photos you've preserved are wonderful, because they show less-photographed parts of the ballpark not many others thought to capture. I clearly remember the first time I ever walked past the player's parking lot, for example, so seeing that again was really a thrill.
 
I will never forget the first time I walked into old Comiskey...it would have been 1977 or 1978. I was probably 4 years old. The park seemed so huge, the original "Monster" scoreboard was so imposing. It was the most awe-inspiring thing I've ever seen. Maybe if I'd seen the Grand Canyon through 4-year-old eyes, that would have topped Comiskey. But I can't imagine much else that could. As others have said, I can still see it, hear it, feel it, and even smell it.
 
I was fortunate enough to attend the last-ever night game at old Comiskey. Sadly, my father was ill and was unable to take me. (I went with a favorite teacher and friend.) Dad and I watched the final game the following afternoon on TV. About a month later, he was dead. It wasn't just a ballpark they knocked down, it was truly a chapter of my life--my boyhood, I guess--and a connection to my father that I lost forever.
 
I'm sure most folks reading this have seen the movie "Field of Dreams." I'm one of the many who cries at that film, who wishes and prays that he could see his dad one last time and play a little catch. If the old Comiskey were still standing, I'd almost believe that was possible.
 
Thanks again for your site.
 
Greg Lanter

I was overcame with a burst on nostalga on visiting this site. I cannot 
believe it will be 10 years since the old home was last standing, as my many 
memories come to mind. The players-Aparacio, Melton, Allen, Wood, Baines, 
Fisk...Bill Veeck hobbeling through the stands...the aroma of beer, hot dogs, 
and cotton candy...some good teams (72, 77, 83, & 90) and some bad 
ones...sitting in the Picnic Area...watching it fade away...
Growning up at old Comiskey was certainly a cherished time of my life- thank 
you for preserving a piece of it.

M.G.C.


I stumbled on your site this afternoon.  I never had the chance to visit
Comiskey, but  I have always adored it.  In fact I saved my money as a young
teen and purchased one of my most prized possessions of my youth; a Comiskey
Green, original stadium seat.  Your site reinstilled in me some feelings of
glee and sadness I have always had for aging baseball monuments, and of eras
gone by.  I am only in my 20's but I appreciate simple beauties like the
architecture of Old Comiskey.  Your pictures and words have captured those
sentiments best.  Thank you.

Best Regards,

William

 


I am 43 and have been living in Salt Lake City since 1980. But I was born and raised in Chicago. I can remember taking my earnings from delivering the Chicago American and catching the bus to 35th and Shields to catch a Sunday double header.

The photos brought back some very special memories for me. I can even hear the sounds of the park. I can picture myself sitting in the picnic area watching the game from ground level. I can smell the aroma of the ballpark.  Thanks for a great page.  It made an otherwise bad day great!

Go SOX!!!

Pete Gonzalez


 i very much enjoyed your fine web sight. it has brought back many
wonderful memories i had at old comiskey park. growing up in indiana i was
only able to attend   one or two games a year but enjoyed it every chance i
got. i attended my very first game in the summer of 83 at the age of 10. greg
luzinski hit two home runs one landing on the roof off of oil can boyd. marc
hill sqeezed home ron kittle and the sox won 6 to 2. 8 years later i was
peeling off plaster to get my piece of history.

i also remember the 83 playoffs rushing home from school to see the first
game at baltimore. and the heartbreaking homerun hit by tito landrum off of
britt burns in the 10th. i remember my dad getting up to go for a drive and i
just sat there with my eyes tearing up. (do you know of any way of getting
copies of  those playoff games. i would be very much interested. anyway thank
you for your site. take care, michael penny


Of all my memories of old Comiskey the one that stands out is a 4th of July
night  in the mid-60s game against the Orioles. I can't remember the name of
the Sox pitcher who threw a two-hitter, it might have been Tommy John (I was
only 5 or so). What I remember is that Looie Aparacio had both Oriole hits -
a single and a triple. He was my favorite player after that.


Hello

I want to congratulate you on the fantastic job you have done in putting up Memories of Old Comiskey.  In 1989 I took the Broadway Limited to Chicago from Phila to see the Sox
play in Comiskey.  I attended a Sunday afternoon game vs. the Twins.  Jerry Reuss went for the
Sox that day.

My box seat was down the left field line. By the 3rd inning, I had moved to the upper deck behind home plate. I could call balls and strikes.  It seemed as though  there were only 8 rows of chairs in the upper deck between 1st and 3rd base.  I remember Harold Baines put one in the upper deck in right field.

Growing up on Connie Mack Stadium, I felt like I was in heaven. I also went to Wrigley on the same trip but liked Comiskey much better.  The ground in gum and odors in the concrete at Comiskey were just like you would find at Connie Mack.

About the only good thing about the Vet is that you can always get a seat.  We are about to "publicly" support the building of two new stadiums in Phila.

Anyway, thanks for the memories.

Owen B. Sindler


I remember attending the bat day oubleheader against the Minnesota Twins in
May, 1973.  That day the Sox drew 55,555 which didn't include over 2,000 fans
who got refunds because there was no room for them to sit or stand.  I ended
up sitting in the top row of the right field upper deck.  I barely could make
my way down the ailse later as fans were sitting on the steps.  The Sox won
the first game when Bill Melton hit a two-run homer in the first off ex-Cub
Bill Hands and Wilbur Wood went the distance.  The Sox lost game two, but it
was a great day.  The Sox were in first place and looked like real
contenders.  Then Ken Henderson got hurt.  Then Dick Allen got hurt.  Then
Henderson got hurt again.  Bat day was a great memory.  The season turned out
to be forgettable.

Dan Helpingstine


I just found your Old Comiskey site and am very happy to see
memorialized on the Web what I consider the most beautiful ballpark
ever.  I never got to see a game there but I'll always wish I could
have.  I can barely stand to watch White Sox games on television now
because New Comiskey, while it might have made a great football
stadium, does not engage me at all.

Having constructed my own Internet shrine to another departed
ballpark, I appreciate all the effort you're putting into it and I
can't wait to see what's ahead.  And if I could, I'd like to list it
on my own baseball links page since it has an Old Comiskey Park
reference.

Thanks again for a really cool (and needed!) site.  Good luck and I'll
check back often!

Jodie Peeler
Troy, SC


hi my name is eric arcella and im 14 and my first ballgame i ever went to i
was about 3 and i cought a foul ball from  daryl boston it was the greatest
moment of my life.  i wish old comiskey was still open i thought it was the
best ballpark ever!


This is a great site.  I grew up in south bend saw my first ballgame at
comiskey.  i now live in los angeles and there aren't many folks out here
who want to reminisce about white sox baseball of the seventy's.  thanx for
posting it so i can go back and relive some great memories.

Steve Singer
Los Angeles, CA

 

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