Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Field of Dreams, 1962

This unusual photo shows the former site of Borchert Field as it appeared in November of 1962. The old ballpark had been demolished almost exactly a decade earlier, and within five years the very earth would be scooped away to make room for the concrete ribbons of Interstate 43.

The photo was taken looking northeast from 8th Street, with Chambers out of frame to the right. In the background, you can see North 7th Street, with Burleigh Street off to the right.

I'm intrigued by the angled park building, which seems to mimic the angled wooden grandstand of the Orchard.

I doubt that was intentional, but it's fun to think that somebody at the Milwaukee County Department of Parks might have been making a private joke.

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