Friday, May 09, 2008

Engel Stadium, Chattanooga

Will is playing three games in this Chattanooga ballpark:

Historic Engel Stadium is the former home of the Chattanooga Lookouts. The stadium opened in 1930 and saw its last Lookout game played in 1999. The dimensions are enormous as the stadium is 325 down the left line, 318 feet down the right field line, and an incredible 471 in dead center, which was the longest in professional baseball history. A new fence was added to shorten the distance in centerfield.
Hall of Famers that played at Engel Stadium: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, and Harmon Killibrew who is the only player who hit it over the 471 foot centerfield fence.

The Yankees played an exhibition game, and occasional Negro league games were played here.

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