Historic Engel Stadium

While in Chattanooga myworld accidentally ran across the historic Engel Stadium along O’Neal and Third Streets. It seems to be in a bit of disrepair. It was built in 1930 and housed the minor league team Chattanooga Lookouts. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Henry Aaron, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, Harmon Killebrew and Roger Hornsby are some of the Hall of Famers that played there.

The stadium was also used as the field for the Jackie Robinson movie “42″. It holds about 12,000 and the Wikipedia website stated it is used by a local college and high schools for ball games, but looking at the field conditions weeds seem to have replaced grass as the greenery there. Myworld would be surprised if any ball had been played there recently.

It has a pretty cool brick fa├žade surrounding the field. Left field is a titanic 470 foot shot from home plate. There is still advertising along the outfield fences. The seats all appear to have the concrete bleacher seating. When myworld first saw it our first thought was this looked like a pretty cool field to film an old fashioned baseball movie. Maybe another one will come along to give the field a little more life.

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