39751935: Crosley Field is lighted for night games., 5/24/2014, 8:00 pm
- May 24, 2014
Reminder from: Crosley Yahoo Group Title: 1935: Crosley Field is lighted for night games. Date: Saturday May 24, 2014 Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm (GMT-06.00) Central Time (US & Canada) Location: Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio., Crosley Car Owners Club, 4526 29th Avenue - Kenosha WI 53140, (2620 652-3034 Notes: When Powel Crosley Jr. bought the struggling Reds in 1934, team president Larry MacPhail insisted that the ballpark be renamed in honor of the man many thought had rescued the franchise. Thus, the park was renamed "Crosley Field", and Crosley himself took the opportunity to advertise his Crosley cars. Under Crosley's ownership, the park would undergo notable structural renovations. Despite the Great Depression the Reds convinced baseball owners to allow night baseball at Crosley Field. Without lights, Larry MacPhail insisted, the team would fold because of low attendance. Lights had been installed in a number of Minor League baseball parks in the early 1930s, with positive results. The major league owners acquiesced; 632 individual lamps in eight metal stanchions were erected and on May 24, 1935, the Reds hosted the Philadelphia Phillies and won 2-1 behind right-hander Paul Derringer. In attendance at the game was Ford Frick, President of the National League. In the White House, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a button that lit up Crosley Field, where a crowd of 20,422 fans, sizable for a last-place team in the middle of the Great Depression, came out to watch the game. Lou Chiozza was the leadoff man for the Phillies and thus has the distinction of being the first player to bat under the lights in a night game in the majors.
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