A small sample of the Major League Baseball Stadium and Stadium Names Since 1901 timeline. Click the image above to be taken to a full-size version.
With the wave of new stadiums that have been built in the last 20 years or so, from the second Comiskey Park in 1991 to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in ’92 all the way through Yankee Stadium and Citi Field last year, Target Field this year, and the new Marlins stadium in 2012, there’s been a lot of turnover in Major League Baseball stadiums. A fan from 1970 would only recognize five current ballparks, and a fan from 1990 would only recognize seven. Throw in all of the name changes to ballparks in that time, and it’s been a busy time for MLB stadiums.
With that in mind, I thought it’d be fun to see what a timeline of all Major League ballparks would look like. Using club and ballpark histories from sites like MLB.com and Wikipedia, I created a timeline that includes every home ballpark used by a club in each year of it’s existence. If a team played a few games outside of their main ballpark (like the Expos did in Puerto Rico a few years back), I didn’t include that. The timeline begins in 1901, when the American League formed, but older stadiums that were in use at the time are shown back to when the team started using it. I also included markers to show when each team won pennants and World Series trophies (so we can see how long a particular stadium had to wait before it hosted a World Champion). Domes and retractable roofs are also included.
I think this does a pretty great job of showing how big league baseball has changed over the last century or so. I feel pretty good about it’s accuracy, but if you see something wrong [EDIT:
like the errors on the Reds timeline – I’ll get to that this evening fixed], please let me know. If you have any questions or comments, I’d be happy to hear them. Enjoy!