St. Louis’ Big League Ballparks

Author: Joan M. Thomas
“Baseball came to St. Louis before the dawn of the major leagues. It was a gentleman’s game, a simple summer pastime, and its popularity grew as the city evolved. Local amateur teams proliferated, and interest in forming a team of professionals resulted in two such St. Louis teams in 1875, the Brown Stockings and the Red Stockings. The Browns and Reds played their home games at separate parks, the Grand Avenue Grounds and Red Stockings Park. The first fully professional game of baseball held in St. Louis took place at the latter. Very few modern fans are aware of this, or of these parks’ locations. Moreover, there was a time early in the twentieth century when St. Louis supported not just two, but three major league teams, each with its own ballpark. This book is intended as a keepsake of the stadiums and playing fields of St. Louis’ baseball past.” Author Bio: “Author Joan M. Thomas moved to St. Louis in 1966, and witnessed her first Major League Baseball game at old Sportsman’s Park. It just happened to be the last game played there before the Cardinals moved to Busch Stadium downtown. With a degree in Communications earned at Lindenwood College, she joined the Society for America Baseball Research (SABR) and engaged her passion for baseball history and culture in the pursuit of a freelance writing career.”

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Author: Joan M. Thomas
“Baseball came to St. Louis before the dawn of the major leagues. It was a gentleman’s game, a simple summer pastime, and its popularity grew as the city evolved. Local amateur teams proliferated, and interest in forming a team of professionals resulted in two such St. Louis teams in 1875, the Brown Stockings and the Red Stockings. The Browns and Reds played their home games at separate parks, the Grand Avenue Grounds and Red Stockings Park. The first fully professional game of baseball held in St. Louis took place at the latter. Very few modern fans are aware of this, or of these parks’ locations. Moreover, there was a time early in the twentieth century when St. Louis supported not just two, but three major league teams, each with its own ballpark. This book is intended as a keepsake of the stadiums and playing fields of St. Louis’ baseball past.” Author Bio: “Author Joan M. Thomas moved to St. Louis in 1966, and witnessed her first Major League Baseball game at old Sportsman’s Park. It just happened to be the last game played there before the Cardinals moved to Busch Stadium downtown. With a degree in Communications earned at Lindenwood College, she joined the Society for America Baseball Research (SABR) and engaged her passion for baseball history and culture in the pursuit of a freelance writing career.”