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Washington Park from the Chronology
Jun 9, 1930 - A game at old Washington Park in Indianapolis is the first night game in the American Association. The Indians will open Perry Field next year to replace Washington Park. In 1937 Minneapolis will be the last AA team to light up.
Aug 8, 1918 - It is announced that Ebbets Field will become a Government storehouse as soon as the season is over on September 2nd. The Brooklyn team offered the park as a much-needed storage facility for war supplies and it is now expected that other teams will follow suit. The New York Times states that "the turning over of the baseball park means that the major leagues will not attempt to play next season." Washington Park the old Federal League park has already been converted to a government storehouse.
Jun 29, 1914 - With attendance down in the Federal League Robert Ward president of the Brooklyn Tip Tops announces that ticket prices at Washington Park will be reduced from 50 cents to 25 cents. The Pittsburgh Filipinos will soon follow suit.
Apr 11, 1912 - On Opening Day in Brooklyn fans storm Washington Park hours before the 4:00 P.M. starting time causing a near riot. An estimated 30000 people crowd into the outfield and along foul lines. The Giants hit a record 13 ground-rule doubles and are leading 18-3 in the 6th when the game is called due to darkness.
Jun 24, 1911 - At Brooklyn's Washington Park a crowd of 20000 see Mathewson defeat Elmer Knetzer 7-4 for a Giants victory.
May 2, 1910 - At Washington Park Christy Mathewson pitches a beautiful one-hitter to beat Brooklyn 6-0. Only an error by Merkle on a Zack Wheat grounder in the 7th and a disputed hit in the 8th mar Matty's performance. In the 8th inning Pryor McElveen hits a grounder to short but 3B Art Devlin cuts in front and his throw is low to 1B. It is ruled a hit even though the New York Times called it an error: its headline tomorrow proclaims "Brooklyn Gets No-hit By Mathewson."
Jul 3, 1909 - At a packed Washington Park the Giants beat up Brooklyn winning 5-3 and 2-1 in a total of 23 innings. In the opener Mathewson relieves Bugs Raymond with the score knotted at 3-3 in the 9th. Matty shuts out the Superbas in the next 6 innings and the Giants score 2 in the 14th off Harry McIntire for the win.
Jun 30, 1909 - At Washington Park the Superbas gaff the Giants 7-2 beating Hooks Wiltse in the opener. The Giants come back in the nitecap 3-0 behind Mathewson. Matty strikes out 9 and allows 4 hits.
Sep 13, 1907 - At Washington Park Mathewson tops Jim Pastorius 2-1 striking out 11 Superbas batters. Dan McGann is 4-for-4 for New York while teammate Jack Hannifan collects a single double triple and two walks in his 5 at bats.
Jun 3, 1906 - At Washington Park the Superbas successfully challenge the Sunday Blue Laws by playing under a new voluntary payment plan. Instead of dropping money in a box fans hand it to an attendant who seats them in the proper section. Brooklyn then defeats the Beaneaters 3-1.
May 30, 1906 - At Washington Park the Superbas split with the Giants winning the first game 2-0 behind the 4 hit pitching of Harry McIntire. Dummy Taylor takes the loss. Mathewson gets a win for New York in the nitecap beating Bill Scanlan 5-2.
May 7, 1906 - The Giants get shut out at Washington Park by Brooklyn's Jim Pastorious 6-0. Harry Lumley crack a long drive near the CF fence for a triple and "Hoboken" Tim Jordan follows with his first ML homer off Hooks Wiltse. Jordan will lead the NL in homers this year with Lumley second. John McGraw sore from a car accident yesterday that occurred while returning from an exhibition game in Newburgh watches the game from a box seat.
Apr 15, 1906 - Brooklyn plays a Sunday game against Boston charging no admission. Fans are asked to drop contributions in a box at the gate. Deputy police commissioner Arthur O'Keefe in referring to last year's ploy of selling programs as a way around admission charges states: "If the Sunday games at Washington Park are to be free games in the literal sense of the word Mr. Ebbets may be right in assuming that they will not constitute a violation of the law. If on the other hand an admission fee is exacted in any manner we will consider the law violated and act accordingly." Boston tops Brooklyn 5-3 with no arrests reported.
Jul 20, 1905 - SS Phil Lewis has a busy afternoon at Washington Park in the Brooklyn 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Lewis has 18 chances and comes up with 7 assists 6 put outs and 5 errors the latter tying the NL record. Winning pitcher Stricklett makes 2 errors. The attendance for the last place Brooklynites is 1500; they had 330 for a recent game.
May 28, 1905 - New York City's police commissioner instructs his policeman to stop any Sunday baseball until the issue is resolved in the courts. The edict stops the Giants-Brooklyn game scheduled today at Washington Park and almost gets Giants' ace Iron Joe McGinnity arrested. McGinnity is asked to pitch in a semi-pro game at a field at 46th and 2nd Avenue but upon arriving gets into an argument about money and refuses to put on a uniform. The police moved and arrest all the players except Joe who is in street clothes.
Jun 19, 1904 - Despite yesterday's ruling by William Gaynor of the Brooklyn Supreme Court prohibiting Sunday baseball there are no arrests today at Washington Park. Brooklyn should've arrested Giants pitcher Hooks Wiltse who allows just 3 hits in collaring the Superbas 11-0. Next Sunday however Brooklyn's battery of Oscar Jones and Frank Jackitsh along with a program seller will be arrested on misdemeanor charges and taken to the police station.
May 4, 1904 - Justice Gaynor rules in favor of Brooklyn players arrested for playing baseball on Sunday at Washington Park. In an appeal Sunday baseball will again be ruled illegal on June 18th.
Apr 14, 1904 - At Brooklyn's Washington Park a record 15000 fans are on hand for the Opener delayed until 4:00. John McGraw's Giants then take the field and bang out 10 hits to beat Oscar Jones 7-1. Mathewson allows 3 hits to win.
Apr 21, 1903 - At Brooklyn's home opener at Washington Park Mrs. Charles Ebbets throws out the first ball and then Henry Schmidt and the Giants' Christy Mathewson keep the ball low as a NL-record 43 total chances are taken by two clubs. The Superbas have 23 assists including 8 by Schmidt; the Giants have 21. Catcher Jack Warner drives home the winning run for a 2-1 New York victory. The total chance record will be tied by the Giants and Reds May 15 1909.
Jul 24, 1902 - At Washington Park the Giants win their 2nd in a row under McGraw beating Brooklyn 2-0. Christy Mathewson strikes out 11 to even his record at 8-8. Matty will top Brooklyn by the same score on the 28th in a rain-shortened game.
May 11, 1901 - The largest NL crowd of the year so far (8500) fills Brooklyn's Washington Park to view the Boy Wonder from Bucknell Christy Mathewson. Matty doesn't disappoint topping Brooklyn's William Kennedy 7-0 as Brooklyn manages just 2 hits off the Giants budding star. New York moves into 3rd place with the win.
Jul 17, 1900 - At Brooklyn's Washington Park the Superbas tie the score against the Giants in the 5th. With 2 men on base and the score tied New York captain George Davis takes out pitcher Ed Doheny and brings in rookie Christy Mathewson just brought up from Norfolk where he was 20-2. He hits 3 batters walks 2 and gives up 6 runs in a 13-7 loss charged to Doheny. The New York Times says "Matty has lots of speed and gives promise of making his way." Doheny also plunked a batter while Brooklyn's Joe McGinnity hit 2 for a combined 6 in the game a record since tied. McGinnity will hit 40 batters this year.
May 29, 1900 - The Brooklyn team is notified by a Brooklyn building inspector that the center field bleachers at Washington Park are unsafe. They are removed.
Apr 30, 1898 - Opening Day at Brooklyn's new Washington Park attracts 15000 fans to see a 6-4 Brooklyn loss to Philadelphia. President Charles Ebbets and his young daughter dressed in red white and blue participate in the elaborate patriotic pageantry. Veteran Sam Thompson hits the first HR in the new park his last homer in the ML.
Oct 19, 1889 - The Giants bounce back at Washington Park with a 6-2 victory behind the 4-hit pitching of Ed "Cannonball" Crane.
May 30, 1889 - Brooklyn draws the largest crowd in AA history 22122 for the Bridegrooms' afternoon game against the Browns. This may also be the largest standing-room crowd in history since there were only 3000 seats erected in the 11 days since the fire at Washington Park. An additional 8462 saw the morning game as the teams split the visitors winning the a.m. game 8-4 and then losing in the afternoon 9-7.
May 19, 1889 - Fire destroys most of the stand at Brooklyn's Washington Park while the Bridegrooms are on a road trip. With young Charlie Ebbets in charge rebuilding begins right away.
Oct 8, 1887 - The Metropolitan franchise and player contracts are sold to AA rival Brooklyn for $15000. Purchaser Charles Byrne has the Mets play today's game in Brooklyn's Washington Park where the hapless Indians lose to the Orioles 10-0.
May 30, 1884 - You need a scorecard in the American Association. Brooklyn and the Metropolitans play doubleheaders, switching opponents between the first and second games. In the forenoon, the Metropolitans beat St. Louis, 4–2, at Metropolitan Park while Brooklyn was shutting out Indianapolis, 5–0, at Washington Park in Brooklyn. St. Louis and Indianapolis then crossed paths with Indianapolis playing, and beating, the Metropolitans, 10-4 at Metropolitan Park in the afternoon as St. Louis was defeating Brooklyn, 11-5, at Washington Park. All three teams end the day 1-1.
May 12, 1883 - At newly built Washington Park between Brooklyn's Park Slope and Red Hook sections opens for play. The home team is the Merritts (Interstate League) recently moved from Camden NJ who will play in the American Association after this one year of minor league ball. Despite seating for only 2500 fans 6000 show up to cheer. After a warm-up by the 23rd Regiment Band Brooklyn whips Trenton 12-6.