Clipping:The squeeze put on the Huntingdon Street grounds

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Date Wednesday, March 27, 1889

The New York Club is not the only club in the League that is troubled by municipal interference, the Philadelphias being placed in a similar position. In Common Council last week John D. Heins, of the Twenty-eighth Ward, introduced an ordinance authorizing the opening of Carlisle street, from Huntingdon street to Lehigh avenue. Carlisle street is now opened as far north as Huntingdon street, and is on a line with the centre of the filed of the grounds of the Phillies. The opening of the street would, therefore, divide the grounds, rendering either half too small for the use to which it is now put. The street would cut through the eastern end of the grand stand and across the diamond to the left field fence, near Lehigh avenue. The grounds were were secured by the Philadelphia Base Ball Club in 1885 on a lease for ten years, and $80,000 was spent in building the grand stand and fitting up the place. Last year the grounds were purchased by the club, and are the finest and most expensive in the country, and perhaps the world. The ordinance was referred to the highway committee.

There is no likelihood, however, of the Phillies submitting to the Councilmanic brace game. Carlisle street was not upon the city plan when the ground was purchased by Reach and Rogers, and to open it now it would be first necessary to prove that it would be for the best interests of the city, which would be a rather difficult undertaking. Col. Rogers says of the matter:

“When we secured the grounds do yo suppose we did it blindly, without thought of the future? We ascertained at the Survey Bureau that Carlisle street was not on the city plan, and so we were safe to go ahead. For Councils to open the street now an ordinance would have to be introduced to put it on the city plan. Then the matter would have to go into the courts, where the necessity of such an opening would have to be shown, and then, mark you, we would have to be paid every cent of damage the destruction of our grounds would entail.

Source ” The Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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