Citizens Bank Park has been home to the Philadelphia Phillies since 2004. Before then, many of us cheered on the Phillies at Veterans Stadium (1971-2003) and Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium (1927, 1938-1970).
But do you remember Baker Bowl? From 1887 until 1938, that was where the Phillies called home. Built at a cost of $101,000, Baker Bowl saw the Phillies go 1,957-1,778-29 and hosted 1915 World Series games against the Boston Red Sox.
Baker Bowl, first known as Philadelphia Park, opened on April 30, 1887. Approximately 20,000 spectators witnessed the Phillies take on the New York Giants. The outfield had to be roped off and standing room was provided on the field.
The Phillies defeated the Giants, 19-10. Charlie Ferguson earned the victory on the mound while 1964 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Timothy Keefe suffered defeat.
During the bottom of the first inning, the first Phillies to bat all hit safely, and nine runs crossed home. Throughout the contest, the crowd occasionally surged forward on the outfield ropes, resulting in a number hits being declared ground-rule doubles.
Anyway, the Harry Wright-managed Phillies finished 75-48 in 1887, good enough for second place in the National League (three-and-one-half games behind first). Starting pitcher Dan Casey (28-13) led the leage in Earned Run Average (2.86) and shutouts (four). Leftfielder George Wood became the first player in team history to hit double-digit home runs with 14.
*Information about the 1887 Phillies and Baker Bowl can be on pages 11-12 and 395-404 in “The Phillies Encyclopedia: Third Edition” by Rich Westcott and Frank Bilovsky.