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Coffee Pot Park

Coffee Pot Park
Location 22nd Ave N & 1st St N[1]
St Petersburg, FL 33704
Opened 1914
Surface Grass
Capacity 500[2]-850[1]
Field dimensions Left Field - ft
Center Field - ft
Right Field - ft
Tenants
St. Petersburg Saints (Independent) (1914-1919) (FSL) (1920-1928)
St. Louis Browns (AL) (spring training) (1914)
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) (spring training) (1915-1918)
Indianapolis Indians (AA) (spring training) (1921)

Coffee Pot Park was a ballpark in St. Petersburg, Florida home to the St. Petersburg Saints minor-league baseball team until 1928, and spring training home of the St. Louis Browns and Philadelphia Phillies. Capacity was approximately 850 for baseball. The park was called by the name of Coffee Pot Bayou to which it was near. The field was also used by local high school teams and for amateur softball. The ballpark was replaced in 1922 by Waterfront Park as the home to spring training in St. Pete.

John C. Skipper, in his book Wicked Curve, describes Coffee Pot Park as follows,

The park itself was about as plain as its name, with one shower (that produced only cold water) and a wooden grandstand that held about 500 people - if 400 of them were thin. The park was on a bayou, and many of the players brought fishing poles to the ballpark and threw in a line to relax between practices.[2]

Location

A 1929 article in the Evening Independent cites the location of the diamond as being "built where the Snell Isle golf course now reposes."[3] The Snell Isle was incorporated into the Sunset Golf Club which was eventually absorbed into what today is the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club. But in 1965, Fred Lieb wrote that the park was located at First Street North and 22nd Avenue in the "Granada Terrace" section of the city.[4] In 1966, Ken Goldman also wrote that the address of the ballpark had been at "First Street North and 22nd Avenue" which by today's map would place the park southwest of Coffee Pot Bayou.

Spring Training

Mayor Al Lang attracted the St. Louis Browns to St. Petersburg in 1914. The Chicago Cubs came by boat from their base in Tampa and beat the Browns 3-2 in the first game, as 4,000 fans paid from 25 cents (for bleachers) to $1 (for a box seat) and filed into the brand new Sunshine Park on Coffee Pot Bayou.[5]

The Philadelphia Phillies trained at the ballpark from 1915 through 1918. It is said that manager Pat Moran made the players walk the two-miles from their hotel in downtown St. Petersburg to the ballpark everyday.[6] Top minor league clubs used to hold their own spring training camps; the Indianapolis Indians trained at the ballpark in 1921.[3]

St. Petersburg Saints

The Saint Petersburg Saints minor-league team played at the ballpark from as early as the 1914 season.[7] An account of a 1916 game against Tampa recounts that the game was called in the seventh-inning "in order that the visitors could catch the boat back to Tampa."[8]

The Saints joined the Florida State League in 1920, one year after its inception in 1919.

See also

  • Baseball in the Tampa Bay area
  • Progress Energy Park

References

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