A Drive Around Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium

February 3rd, 2015
by Byron Bennett

In February 2001, the City of Baltimore began demolition of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. A fight over what to do with the 10 story memorial wall dedicated to the memory of those “who so valiantly fought and served in the World Wars” delayed completion of the task until the Spring of 2002.

The Barren Fields of Memorial Stadium, Baltimore

The Barren Fields of Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Circa May 2000

In January 2000, a year before demolition began, and several months before the stadium was stripped of its seating and signage, I took a drive around the ballpark, capturing on video the Old Grey Lady of 33rd Street.

The first half of the video is a drive around the outer perimeter, heading west on East 33rd Street, north on Ellerslie Avenue, east on East 33rd Street, and south on Ednor Road. The second half of the video is a drive around the ballpark in the same direction, but from inside the parking lot.

The former site of Memorial Stadium’s playing field is now a youth ball field, thanks to the efforts of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and other charitable groups and donors. A portion of the the lettering from the memorial wall has been placed near the south entrance to Camden Yards: “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.” I hope you enjoy the drive.

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Posted in Maryland ballparks, Memorial Stadium | Comments (2)

  • Avatar Rob says:

    Where is a box of tissues when you need them. Thanks for the memories!!

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Hey Rob – Glad you enjoyed the video. My kids were in the car with me that day, so I cut the audio from the video because I thought it distracted from the otherwise tranquil ride around the ballpark. I also cut out several minutes where I stopped the car near center field and filmed through the fence. I have another video I took in May 2000 of the last tour inside the ballpark, which I believe you attended as well. DBS

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