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    sox55
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    Sox Fans on Deck in Chicago's Baseball Museum

    Post by sox55 on Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:26 am


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    Re: Sox Fans on Deck in Chicago's Baseball Museum

    Post by MGJOHNSON on Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:55 am


     Thanks, John.  Excellent article. Smile 

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    Re: Sox Fans on Deck in Chicago's Baseball Museum

    Post by MGJOHNSON on Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:46 pm

    Concerning the park's location brought up in the article: Although I do see the benefits of a stadium in the downtown area, I always felt that the park should have been built on the huge site once occupied by Western Electric's Hawthorne Works stretching south and east from the major arteries of Cicero Avenue and Cermak Road (22nd Street). Western Electric, the manufacturing arm of Ma Bell, was vacating their Hawthorne site around the time the Cell was built. The land stradled the cities of Chicago and Cicero with most of it lying within Cicero, but that could have been changed since Cicero had lost much of it's territory to Chicago in the past (in the 19th century, Cicero town limits once extended eastward to Western Avenue). The Eisenhower Expressway intersects Cicero Ave. a few miles to the north while the Stevenson intersects to the south. The Cicero train station for Burlington Northern commuter service coming in from Aurora, Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, LaGrange, and several other suburbs was right across the street from Western Electric. The trains would end their route at Union Station thus enabling people who lived and/or worked in the downtown area to easily catch a game on a westbound train. The site, with land for ample parking, would have been more centrally located serving the growing suburbs to the west (via Eisenhower and commuter trains) and the southwest (via Stevenson) while still readily available to the southside fan base and downtowners. 

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