The Best Baker Bowl Photos on the Internet, Part 1

Been looking all day for these, on flickr, baseball-fever, and google. Here’s some of the best stuff I found. And after you check these out, be sure to check out Part 2.

The famous Lifebuoy sign in rightfield. Legend has it that in the 1920s, as the Phillies settled into their annual spot in the basement of the standings, someone snuck in and, right under the “The Phillies Use Lifebuoy” sign, painted the words, “And they still stink”. The right field was an incredible 280 feet from home plate. Think of how short the Green Monster wall is, then sheer off another 35 feet. Until 1921, it was 272 feet from home plate. JustĀ unreal.

An aerial shot of Baker Bowl. Just check out the dimensions of RF as opposed to left and center. Dead center was 408 feet, just one foot shorter than the deepest part of CBP.

Kind of fun to compare Phils dimensions back then and today.

So much to love about this old postcard. First of all, love the guy with the megaphone behind home plate. He was the PA announcer, and just like today, he would announce each batter. Love the Philadelphia flag in the upper left corner. And the view into left is very Camden Yards-esque. Even Cooler? The two tall buildings in the background still exist. The tall brick building was a Ford Motor Company plant. The brick building across the street still stands as well. Also, notice how wide the dirt path was between home and the pitcher’s mound. It’s the widest path I think I’ve ever seen.

Ok, so this pic is obviously two photos put together. You won’t get anything about the field from this photo, but think it is a neat look at the structure. You are sitting in the cheap seats, which you’ll appreciate more in the next photo.

Ok, look how empty the bleachers are. Now look to the right of the photo. Cheap seats are completely packed. Everybody loves a deal.

A great look at the neighborhood around Baker Bowl. Not only are the two buildings behind Baker Bowl still there, but so is the building across the street from them.

The Baker Bowl hosted exactly one World Series, in 1915 (it also hosted the 1924 Negro League World Series). As you can see above, the Phillies fans in the cheap seats were Flyered fired up about it. Tickets in the grandstands were $3 for this Series. Babe Ruth made his first ever World Series appearance with the Red Sox at the Baker Bowl, grounding out as a pinch hitter in Game 1. It was also the first time a President attended a World Series game, as Woodrow Wilson threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. (below)

6 Comments on “The Best Baker Bowl Photos on the Internet, Part 1”

  1. Mark Komp says:

    All of the diagrams of Baker Bowl appear to have the backstop incorrect. They show it as straight with the walls down the lines coming out at angles, as in CBP. In photos of partial demolition, which I will try to find and post links to, the backstop was actually a very tight narrow angle curve. Really interesting park. I wish they would have recreated the outfield “angle” a little better at CBP.

  2. Mark Komp says:

    I finally found those Baker Bowl photos. I thought I had lost the link. Grabbing the links to the pictures was a little dicey, so I uploaded them to my Photobucket account and included the links for that. All of the following photos are from the Ballparks, Arena and Stadiums site ( You can find the Baker Bowl pictures under the timeless section labeled Connie Mack Stadium and Baker Bowl part 1, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (great pics of Shibe/CMS as well!)

    Photo 1 ( is a shot from behind home plate. The grass is cut off at an angle, but the stands follow a fairly sharp (for a ballpark) curve. If you follow the screen, it is more obvious.

    Photo 2 ( is a shot from down the right field line. Again you can see that the grass behind home is angled, but the stands follow a curve.

    Photo 3 ( is a shot from behind home during Baker Bowl’s conversion to a dirt track. This shows the curve of the wall of the stands.

    Photo 4 ( an amazing shot. It is from after the upper deck was removed. You can see the curve of the wall behind home plate on the right-hand side of the photo.

  3. Hey Mark, these are great. If you don’t mind I’d like to use a couple of them in my next set of Baker Bowl photos.

    • Mark Komp says:

      Fine by me. Temple Archives have some great shots as well. I’ll dig those up and post them.

  4. Mark Komp says:

    BTW, great site and great pics!

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