Silver Stadium / Rochester War Memorial - Rochester, New York
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Silver Stadium - Opened in 1929, closed in 1996 and demolished in 1997. Known as Red Wing Stadium 1929 - 1968, Silver Stadium 1968 - 1996. An industrial park was built on the site.

Location - 500 Norton St. Rochester, New York.

Rochester War Memorial - Opened in 1955 and still in use. Known as Rochester Community War Memorial (Rochester War Memorial) 1955 - 1998, Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial 1998 - present. Commonly Called the Blue Cross Arena

Location - 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester, New York.

Silver stadium was the longtime home to the Rochester Red Wings of the International league. It was also known as Red Wing stadium. From 1960 till 2002, they were the Triple A team for the Baltimore Orioles.

Many Oriole and Cardinal greats played at Silver stadium. Most notably, Cal Ripken, Jr., Boog Powell, Red Shoendienst, Stan Musial, Bobby Grich, Earl Weaver, all played or managed here.

Silver stadium was located at 500 Norton St. in Rochester, New York. Near the end of its life as a stadium, the area surrounding it had deteriorated.

Silver stadium opened in 1929 and closed on August 30, 1996. It was a very cozy park with great site lines. But the need for a newer facility led to her doom. The Red Wings moved into Frontier field in 1997. Red Wing stadium was torn down in the winter of 1997. An industrial park sits on the site today.

The stadium was named after Morrie Silver, a Rochester businessman who spearheaded an effort to purchase both then-Red Wing Stadium and the Red Wings from the Wings' major league affiliate, the St. Louis Cardinals in 1956.


Rochester War memorial is an arena in Rochester that housed the Rochester Royals of the NBA. The Royals played in the small arena from 1955 thru 1957, when they moved to Cincinnati. Now the franchise is located in Sacramento and is the Sacramento Kings.

In 1998 the building was renamed the blue cross arena. The main tenant for the building has been the American hockey league's Rochester Americans. They have played at the arena since 1956. The building was opened on October 18, 1955. It still stands today at 100 Exchange Blvd. in downtown Rochester.
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The main ticket offices off Norton Street. July 1994


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Map to Silver Stadium. Photo from internet.


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Looking towards home plate from left field. July 1994


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The batting cage stored safely down the left field line, and a picnic deck. July 1994


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The exterior third base side of the stadium. July 1994


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A great shot of the first base exterior of Silver Stadium. Notice how the brutal upstate New York winters have taken a toll on the parking lot. July 1994


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A little bit better patch of asphalt! July 1994


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Basically the same shot as before only 15 months later. October 1995


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A view from the roof of Silver stadium, looking at third base. I have a fear of heights, but will go to any length (ALMOST!) to get a shot. October 1995


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The light standard down the third base line. The little building to the bottom right is where the grounds crew kept their stuff. October 1995


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The Red Wings locker room. Sorry about the little bit of blur. I didn't use a flash.


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The entrance to the Red Wings locker room. October 1995


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You can see how small the lockers were in the old park. October 1995


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A shot looking out over the field. October 1995


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From high up behind first base. October 1995


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Looking at the outfield from the bleachers down the first base line. October 1995


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From behind home plate. October 1995


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A panoramic view of the field. October 1995


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Silver stadium was a very simple ballpark. Single decked from just beyond the first base part of the infield to the third base side. October 1995


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A vast green carpet. The snow's of late October will soon turn this green grass brown. October 1995


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Looking down the first base line and the Red Wings dugout. Shot from the roof. October 1995


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The vast outfield.


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The box seats down the first base line. And the press box on the roof.


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Shot from second base, looking up at the pressbox and broadcast booth.


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You can see that Silver stadium was in a residential / light industry neighborhood.


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The concession stands behind home plate. Silver stadium has one more season to go before the wrecking ball comes. October 1995


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A shot from the warning track in center. You can see how the roof covers most of the grandstands.


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The small, cramped Red Wings dugout. Cal Ripken Jr., Curt Schilling, Eddie Murray, Boog Powell, and even Stan "the Man" Musial played and sat in here.


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As in all minor league parks, advertising on the walls is commonplace. Here it is no exception. October 1995


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A view from right field looking in.


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You can see the various colors of seats. Red Wing stadium has one last season to go in 1996. October 1995


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The "express" concession stands.


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The simple visitors clubhouse door. Unlike the one at old Tiger stadium, where the visitors clubhouse door had a sign that said "visitors clubhouse, NO visitors allowed". Kinda an oxymoron!


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The Red Wings clubhouse door.


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The Red Wings only retired 2 numbers. One was number 26 for manager Joe Altobelli, and the other was number 36 for the legendary Luke Easter. Luke played most of his career in the old negro leagues. He was a big man at 6'4" and 250 lbs. Some of his homeruns were tape measure blasts. In 1948 while playing for the Homestead Greys of the old negro leagues, he became the first person ever to hit a homerun in the centerfield bleachers at the old Polo Grounds in New York. From home plate to the fence was a gargantuan 475 feet. His ball cleared that with ease. In 1950, his rookie year with the Cleveland Indians, he hit the longest home run in the history of old Cleveland stadium. The ball traveled OVER the auxiliary scoreboard in right field. A blast estimated at 477 feet. He was 34 years old. Sadly, Easter was murdered on March 29, 1979 in Euclid Ohio.


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The Red Wings hall of fame was down the third base side of the park. Among the notables here are, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny "Big Cat" Mize, Boog Powell, Red Schoendienst, Earl Weaver, Dennis Martinez, and Bobby Grich.


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Actually, these aren't bad seats.


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Another shot of the ticket offices. October 1995


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Silver stadium was like an erector set of a park. Girders held it up. By the winter of 1997, the wrecking ball would take those girders down forever. I never had the pleasure of seeing a game here, but on my 1 to 10 scale, I would have to give Silver stadium a 7, very high marks for an old minor league park. October 1995


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Front view of the Rochester war memorial. Onetime home to the old Rochester Royals of the NBA. Prior to moving into the war memorial in 1955, the Royals played at the old Edgerton park arena in Rochester from 1945 -1955. In 1956 the old Edgerton park arena was torn down. July 1994


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The interior of the arena. The Rochester Americans minor league hockey team have called this home for over 50 years now.


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The Rochester Royals played here from 1955 thru 1957, when they moved to Cincinnati. They played in the Cincinnati gardens. The gardens still stands today in Cincinnati. Two more moves would happen. One move to Kansas City in 1972, where they were the KC / Omaha Kings. Finally, they moved to Sacramento in 1985 where they remain today as the Sacramento Kings.


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One final look at this cozy arena in downtown Rochester New York. July 1994


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Another view of the War memorial.