Miami Stadium was located at 2301 Northwest 10th Avenue in Miami, Florida.
Constructed in 1949, Miami Stadium hosted both Major League Spring Training and Minor League baseball games.
In 1987, Miami Stadium was renamed Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium in honor of Miami resident Roberto “Bobby” Maduro. Mr. Maduro was the former owner of two professional baseball teams in Cuba, the Havana Cubans and the Havana Sugar Kings. He emigrated from Cuba in 1960 after Fidel Castro rose to power.
The Miami Sun Sox of the Florida International League began play in the ballpark in 1949, playing at Miami Stadium through the 1954 season.
In 1950, the Brooklyn Dodgers made Miami Stadium their Spring Training home, where they played through the 1957 spring season. The Dodgers also trained in Vero Beach, Florida, beginning in 1948, however, the big league club played their Spring Training games in Miami.
The following year, the Los Angeles Dodgers played their spring training games at stadium, but just for the 1958 spring season. The following year, the Los Angeles Dodgers moved their games to Holman Stadium, which was constructed in Vero Beach in 1953.
The Baltimore Orioles took over Miami Stadium the following spring season, training there over 30 seasons, from 1959 until 1990.
The Orioles previously had spent Spring Training in Daytona Beach, Florida (1955), and Scottsdale, Arizona (1956 to 1958).
The ballpark stood another 10 years, largely unused, with the exception of some college baseball games that were played there during the 1990s.
In 2001, Miami Stadium was demolished and construction began that same year on the Miami Stadium Apartments, which now sit on a majority of the former ballpark site.
At the entrance to the apartments on NW 10th Avenue is a historical marker, although I have yet to return to the site to take a picture of the plaque.
The same is true for a portion of the former site of center field. The paving of paradise . . .
Folks enjoying the pool at Miami Stadium Apartments are swimming in the area that was once left field.
A volley ball court also sits in a portion of what was once Miami Stadium’s left field.
The former Site of Miami Stadium’s right field, and a portion of center field, remain undeveloped, with a grass field marking the spot.
The Miami Stadium Apartments are located a mere two miles northeast of Marlins Park, home of the current-day Miami Marlins.
If anyone happens to take a trip to the old ballpark site, I certainly would appreciate your sending me a photo of the historic plaque that now marks the spot. Just post a comment on this page and I will contact you.