Monday, January 21, 2008
Sports venues-Part 2
During the 90's when the Cleveland Indians were winning the American League Central Division every year from 1995-1999, there was a record set. Jacobs Field was sold out for 455 straight games between 1995-2001. At the park along with all the retired player's numbers there is one that says "455 The Fans."
One of the funny things about that is early on many people would brag that they were at Municipal Stadium when only 3,000 people were there. I figure that if that was the case, the Indians would have had to play 150 home games(instead of 81)there a year to support all the bragging.
On May 15, 1981, Indians pitcher Len Barker pitched a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Announced attendance was 7,290. There were probably less than that there that night,as I remember that it had been raining for most of the day. Game time temperature was 49 degrees. I watched the game on TV at my parent's house with my younger brother, but if you would tally up all those who said that they were there, attendance would have about 200,000. Capacity for baseball at Cleveland Municipal Stadium was slightly less than 80,000.