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This article is brought to you by Maryland Injury Guys, the medical malpractice lawyers of Memorial Stadium. We encourage you to learn more about the history of this historic site.

History of Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium was a multi-sport stadium in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Bounded by Ellerslie Ave. to the west, 36th St. to the north, Ednor Rd. to the east, and 33rd Street Blvd. to the south, it was once home to the former Venable Park that got turned into the Venable Stadium, Baltimore Stadium or Municipal Stadium in 1922. In the middle of 1954, reconstruction of the stadium was completed. It was then renamed Memorial Stadium and often is known as The Old Gray Lady of 33rd Street and The World's Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum.

Baltimore Stadium

Started out as Baltimore Stadium, it was designed by Albert W. Lewis and Pleasants Pennington and built over a six-month period on the site of the former Venable Park. The stadium was owned by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and operated by the city's Board of Park Commissioners. It seated approximately 70,000 to 80,000 people and featured a large stone gateway with old Greco-Roman style colonnade and porticoes.

The stadium served as a football stadium for public and private high school and college-level games. In the summer of 1944, it was also used as a baseball park by the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. When the minor league baseball team won the International League championship and the Junior World Series and the crowd filled the Baltimore Stadium, the Major Leagues and their team owners saw Baltimore as a potential place to move their teams to. After Babe Ruth's death in August 1948, the stadium was renamed Babe Ruth Stadium to honor him.

Memorial Stadium

Because of the Oriole's success and the presence of professional football, the City decided to rebuild the stadium into that of a major league caliber. Headed by Baltimore mayor Thomas L.J. D'Alesandro, Jr., two horseshoe-shaped decks were built to host football and baseball games. A large memorial plague was added over the entrance of the stadium in the late spring and early summer of 1954.

This crowning touch came after the stadium's opening day on April 15, 1954. On that day, thousands of Baltimoreans watched as the new Orioles – the St. Louis Browns of the American League – paraded from the Baltimore City Hall downtown to Memorial Stadium for their first home game. In total, the project cost the city $6.5 million. The stadium was renamed again to Memorial Stadium in honor of America's military veterans and the thousands of those who died in World War II.

Hosted Teams

The teams that have been hosted at the stadium include:

High School Football -

  • Baltimore City College vs. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Thanksgiving Day (City vs. Poly)
  • Calvert Hall College vs. Loyola Blakefield Thanksgiving Day ( Calver Hall vs. Loyola, the Turkey Bowl)

University and Military Academies -

  • Maryland Terrapins football vs. Johns Hopkins and Western Maryland
  • Navy Midshipmen football vs. Army and Norte Dame

Professional Football -

  • Baltimore Colts, AAFC
  • Baltimore Colts, National Football League (NFL)
  • Baltimore Stallions/Baltimore F.C., Canadian Football League
  • Baltimore Ravens, NFL

Professional Baseball -

  • Baltimore Orioles, International League
  • Baltimore Orioles, American League
  • United States Congressional Baseball Game
  • Bowie Baysox, Eastern League

Demolition and Renewal

In the late 1990s, the City of Baltimore decided to abandon Memorial Stadium in favor of the new ballpark downtown. Many protests were made by residents in the neighborhood but to no avail. The most favorable proposal that Mayor Martin J. O'Malley Got was to completely raze the stadium. In April of 2001, demolition of the historic stadium began. In 2002, around 10,000 cubic yards of concrete rubble from the stadium was used to build an artificial reef over a 6-acre site in the Chesapeake Bay that was three miles west of Tolchester Beach.

As of 2005, the largest YMCA (Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Y in Waverly) facility is housed on the former site of Memorial Stadium. It is also home to a mixed-income community consisting of four apartment complexes for seniors in Baltimore City called "Stadium Place." In 2010, Cal Ripken Senior Youth Development Field, a new recreational baseball and football field, was developed, with its home plate in the same location as that of Memorial Stadium. The World War II veterans memorial is still present on the site.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: June 4, 2021
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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