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Hiram Bithorn Stadium

Rendered aerial view of Hiram Bithorn Stadium

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tenants: Montreal Expos (NL; part of 2003 & 2004); Santurce Cangrejeros (LBPPR); San Juan Senadores (LBPPR)
Opened: 1962
First Expos game: April 11, 2003
Last Expos game: July 11, 2004
Current status: Home of the Santurce Cangrejeros (Crabbers) and San Juan Senadores (Senators) of the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League
Capacity: 19,000 (1962)
Surface: Grass (1962); Astroturf (1995); FieldTurf (2004)

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Location: At the southwest corner of the intersection of F.D.R. Boulevard (Route 23) and Route 18.

Dimensions: Left field: 315 ft.;center field: 399 ft.; right field: 313 ft.

Fences: 8 ft.

Known in Puerto Rico as "Estadio Hiram Bithorn", the ballpark was named for Hiram Bithorn, the first Puerto Rican to break into the major leagues (April 15, 1942 as a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs). Located next to Roberto Clemente Coliseum and across the street from Plaza las Americas, it is one of the largest baseball facilities in Puerto Rico.

The Montreal Expos played twenty-two home games in Hiram Bithorn Stadium in each of the 2003 and 2004 regular seasons. However, the stadium was built as, and continues to be, a Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League (LBPPR) ballpark. The acronym LBPPR actually stands for the Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico, a winter baseball league. In the years that the Expos played here, two LBPPR teams also called it home. The Santurce Cangrejeros (Crabbers) and the San Juan Senadores (Senators) each played here in the winter. The stadium has also hosted world championship boxing fights and important concerts.

Exterior view of Hiram Bithorn Stadium

Trivia:

  • Retired numbers: Roberto Clemente (#21), Ruben Gomez (#22) and Orlando Cepeda (#30).
  • Hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the VIIIth Pan American Games in 1979.
  • Frequent host of the Caribbean Series.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers played their season opener here on April 1, 2001.

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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Exterior view of Hiram Bithorn Stadium courtesy of FieldTurf.
Rendered aerial view of Hiram Bithorn Stadium courtesy of Ellerbe Becket.

Special thanks to Saul Suarez.

Updated November 2004

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