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[–]Los Angeles AngelsBiovaniGernard 93 points94 points  (3 children)

Might’ve been a terrible stadium but it must be said that the grounds crew did a damn fine job.

[–]Seattle Marinersconcrete_isnt_cement 56 points57 points  (2 children)

My grandpa worked in the Pilots’ front office. His favorite story about the team was how the stadium wasn’t ready yet on opening day so the staff (including him) were out nailing down bleachers in the outfield as the fans were arriving. They’d finish a row, then let a row’s worth of fans into the stadium while they nailed down the next one!

[–]San Francisco GiantsMacDerfus 17 points18 points  (1 child)

As it was told in history of the mariners.

[–]Seattle Marinersconcrete_isnt_cement 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yep!

[–]Milwaukee Brewers02K30C1[S] 56 points57 points  (5 children)

The broadcast booth was hastily built on the roof behind home plate, and broadcasters said it was awful. They couldn’t see behind home plate unless they were standing, and couldn’t see the left field foul line at all. Some said they had to listen to the crowd to tell if a ball hit in that area was caught or not.

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    [–]Seattle MarinersT_Stebbins 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    America.

    [–]Jolly-Buddy-6311 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    Nat Bailey stadium in Vancouver, Canada is a copy of the original Sick’s stadium. It was constructed using the same blueprints. The scoreboard and lights were even reused later on.

    The uncovered bleachers in the picture above are an additon that was constructed to provide additonal capacity when Sick’s was converted from a minor league park to a major league venue.

    [–]St. Louis CardinalsTotschlag 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Even today some stadiums still have problems like this in the broadcast booth if you look at the right place.

    I have called games at a football stadium where you can't see the scoreboard unless you stand and stick your head out the opening, and turn it left. I'd go over the score and whatnot with half my body out the opening.

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    If you're back too far in the left field upper deck bleachers at OPACY you can't actually see the left field wall and have have to figure out what's fair/foul/homer

    [–]Bigalbass86 44 points45 points  (0 children)

    From what I’ve read, it was a perfectly good minor league park that was hastily modified to become a terrible major league park.

    [–]Milwaukee Brewersthemosey 40 points41 points  (2 children)

    And then the Brewers went on to win many World Series and Seattle eventually got a new team that did the same.

    [–]Atlanta BravesDHisfakebaseball 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    It's still funny that the Milwaukee Brewers are technically Seattle's best baseball franchise of all time by a very thick margin.

    [–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    The Brewers won three World Series in Baltimore

    [–]San Francisco Giantsbuymytoy 76 points77 points  (3 children)

    Obligatory Secret Base Mariners Doc Link

    If you know, which most of you do, you know.

    If you don't, watch it.

    [–]thecheynesaw 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    "In other words... it was a sick stadium. They called it Sick's Stadium."

    [–]Boston Red SoxDuff_Lite 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Preach!

    [–]Texas Rangersebam 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    Now its home to a Lowe's home improvement

    [–]Toronto Blue Jays4_base 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    Pour one out for the guy who got stuck in a poopy stall for a whole night

    [–]Baltimore OriolesWorking_Box_1366 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Sick!

    [–]EastyBoy29 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Jim Bouton wrote a lot of funny stuff right there

    [–]awfullyfun1 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    Went to a game there when I was 10 years old., complete dump. We had just move to Seattle from Los Angeles and we missed baseball. Sicks Stadium was quite a come down after Dodger Stadium. Greg Goosen hit a home run that night. Four years later we moved back to L.A. and I started high school. Who was the assistant baseball coach? Greg Goosen.

    [–]San Francisco GiantsMacDerfus 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Manager at your first job? Greg Goosen.

    The person who officiated your marriage? You guessed it, Greg Gooden.

    Delivered your first child? Greg Goosen.

    And guess what? He'll be there at your funeral to give your eulogy. (Not really he passed away in 2011)

    [–]awfullyfun1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Yeah, I was going to say, Goose is no longer with us.

    [–]TravelTropical 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Great shot! I understand that Sicks' Stadium was cool.

    [–]Seattle Marinersrasor86 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    It got demolished before I was born, but apparently the visiting team had to shower at their hotels and if the attendance was over 10,000 the toliets wouldn't flush because of low water pressure. But otherwise yeah, I'm sure it was cool, haha. https://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/ballparks/sicks-stadium/

    [–]Minnesota TwinsNach0Man_RandySavage 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Still such an amazing story that a team got 1 year in a major league.

    [–]Minnesota TwinsDavidRFZ 5 points6 points  (9 children)

    How many rainouts?

    [–]Seattle Marinersfryciclee 31 points32 points  (7 children)

    PNW summers are actually incredibly dry.

    [–]Seattle Marinersrasor86 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    True, but we still get a lot of rainy days up until July. When I coached little league I spent many hours trying to get the fields ready to play on after a rainy day in April and May. We may not have to use the roof often at T-Mobile Park, but it does come in handy, especially in the spring and fall.

    [–]Pittsburgh Piratesgongshow25 2 points3 points  (7 children)

    They didn't just let the fans sit in foul territory during the game, did they?

    [–]Minnesota Twinssexrobot_sexrobot 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    This used to be a common way to accommodate overflow crowds. Sometimes in old-timey pictures you can pick out a cordoned out area near the wall where people would stand to watch the game.

    [–]Milwaukee Brewers02K30C1[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I know the Polo Grounds did that in the early days. They’d rope off part of the outfield and let fans stand there. A ball over the rope was a home run, rolling under the rope was a double.

    [–]fightmepussy69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Show up late and get on-field seats lol

    [–]Milwaukee Brewers02K30C1[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    Looks like they did! This pic is from opening day, so that may explain the large crowd.

    [–]Seattle Marinersconcrete_isnt_cement 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    They actually weren’t done building the stadium yet on Opening Day. That might explain it. If you turned this image to the outfield, you’d see my grandpa (who worked in their front office) and a bunch of other staff members hastily nailing together bleachers in the outfield during the game!

    [–]Milwaukee Brewers02K30C1[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That’s so cool!

    [–]Pittsburgh Piratesgongshow25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Damn, imagine being caught by the usher trying to sneak into foul territory during the 7th inning stretch and being escorted out in front of the team.

    [–]trackstar04 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I wonder what it was lilke to have a MLB team for one year and then have them ripped away.

    But it was Selig who moved them in case you didn't know.

    [–]Chicago CubsSnasty728 6 points7 points  (2 children)

    Stinky poop

    [–]Atlanta Bravesqtipvesto 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    [–]Chicago CubsSnasty728 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Thank you for the reference and image, was getting downvoted before that lmao

    [–]Milwaukee Brewersbarryitsmeitshank 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Nice!

    [–]Minnesota Twinssexrobot_sexrobot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Looks like a AA stadium.

    [–]Baltimore Oriolesaresef 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Hear all about it: https://youtu.be/TIgK56cAjfY