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Monday, July 7, 2008

Wrigley Field - Los Angeles

Home Run Derby (1959+) was filmed at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. I really had to scratch my head on this one. Wrigley Field was a ballpark in Los Angeles which served as host to minor league baseball teams in the region for over 30 years, and was the home park for the Los Angeles Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), in their expansion season of 1961.
The park was built in South Los Angeles in 1925 and was named after William Wrigley Jr. the chewing gu magnate who owned the first tenants, the original Los Angeles Angels minor-league team. In 1925, the Angels moved from their former home at Washington Park (Los Angeles), which was also known as Chutes Park. Wrigley also owned the Chicago Cub, whose home is a more famous park also named after him.

With its location near Hollywood, Wrigley Field was a popular place to film baseball movies. Among the most well known movies filmed there were The Pride of the Yankees and a movie version of the stage play Damn Yankees. Even the film noir classic Armored Car Robbery had its title heist set at Wrigley. It later found its way into television, serving as the backdrop for the Home Run Derb series in 1959, a popular show which featured one-on-one contests between baseball's top home run hitters, which had a brief revival in 1989 when it aired on ESPN. Episodes of shows as diverse as The Twilight Zone and The Munsters were also filmed here.
L.A. Wrigley's minor league baseball days ended when the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League transferred to Los Angeles in 1958. The use of Wrigley was studied by the Dodgers, but they opted for seating capacity over suitability as a baseball field, and instead set up shop in the Los Angeles Coliseum(which had a 251-foot foul line) while awaiting construction of Dodger Stadium.

The following baseball teams occupied the Stadium....Los Angeles Angels (PCL) (1925–1957)Hollywood Stars (PCL) (1926–1935), (1938)Los Angeles Angels (AL) (1961)

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