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Opening of Gilmore Field

Opening of Gilmore Field

May 1, 1939: A crowd attends ceremonies at the new 12,000-seat Gilmore Field, home of the Hollywood Stars minor league baseball team.

The  Times reported on May 2, 1939:

The new park will be known as Gilmore Field. It is located on Beverly Blvd. near Fairfax Ave., a short distance west of Gilmore Stadium….

One of the most pleasing features, and one stressed by the operators, is the intimate character of the whole layout. With seating capacity of 12,500 the designers planned the park so that the playing field is very close to the grandstands, so close, in fact, that front row spectators can almost reach out and touch the players….

Victor Ford Collins, president of the club, and Bob Cobb, vice-president, both have been outspoken advocates of night baseball in Hollywood. In order to assure illumination that would be wholly satisfactory, eight light towers  with 204 1500-watt lights have been installed.

The front row seats were only 24 feet from first and third base. Home plate was 34 feet from the spectators.

The Hollywood Stars played at Gilmore Field through 1957 when the Dodgers’ arrival ended minor league baseball in Los Angeles.

Gilmore Field was demolished in 1958. Today much of the land is a parking lot for CBS Television City.

The nearby 18,000-seat Gilmore Stadium was used mainly for football and midget car racing. Built in 1934, it was demolished in 1952 and is now the site of CBS Television City.

This L.A. Times photo by Marshall Benedict was published as lead art on the lead sports page on May 2, 1939.

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