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Sicks' Stadium

Aerial view of Sicks' Stadium

Seattle, Washington

Tenant: Seattle Pilots (AL; later Milwaukee Brewers, AL/NL)
Opened: 1938
First night game: n/a
First Pilots game: April 11, 1969
Last Pilots game: October 2, 1969
Demolished: 1979
Surface: Grass
Capacity: 15,000 (1913); 11,000 (1938); 18,000 April 1969); 25,420 (June 1969).

Seattle Mariners & Milwaukee Brewers tickets:

Location: 1st base (W), 2700 Rainier Avenue South; right field (S), South McClellan Street; left field (E), Empire Way South (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way South); 3rd base (N), Bayview Street.

Dimensions: Left field: 325 ft. (1938), 305 ft. (1969); power alleys: 345 ft. (1969); corners just right and left of center: 405 ft.(1969); center field: 400 ft. (1938), 402 ft. (1969); right field: 325 ft.(1938), 320 ft.; backstop: 54 ft.; foul territory: very small.

Fences: Left field: 8 ft. (3 ft. concrete below 5 ft. wire); center field: 12.55 ft. (3 ft. concrete below 9.55 ft. wire); right field: 8 ft.(3 ft. concrete below 5 ft. wire).

Sicks' Stadium, also known as Sicks' Seattle Stadium, opened in 1938 and was the second ballpark built on the site. Dugdale Park was built there in 1913 and housed the Seattle Indians (PCL). It completely burned down after a 4th of July celebration in 1932. The team played at Civic Field (located near where Key Arena is today) until the new ballpark was built. The Sicks' Stadium site is now home to a Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse (formerly Eagle Hardware and Garden). There is a glass display case inside the store which shows some memorabilia from the Rainiers and Pilots.

Trivia:

  • Named after Emil Sick, owner of the Rainier Brewing Company in Seattle, and owner of the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League.

Recommended Reading (bibliography):

  • Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
  • The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic (Revised Edition) by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
  • City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
  • Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
  • Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
  • Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
  • Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
  • The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS).

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Aerial view of Sicks' Stadium courtesy of the Franklin Digital Collection.

Special thanks to Shonn Showlund and Keith Taylor for their contributions.

Updated July 2005

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