Location 2900 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Broke ground 1900
Opened April 26, 1901
Closed October 3, 1908
Owner Philadelphia Athletics
Construction cost US$35,000
Capacity 9,500 (1901)
Field dimensions Left Field - 340 ft
Left Center - 392 ft
Deep Left Center - 440 ft
Center Field - 396 ft
Right Center - 323 ft
Right Field - 280 ft
Philadelphia Athletics (MLB) (1901-1908)
Philadelphia Giants (Independent) (1902-1908)
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (August 20-September 10, 1903)
Philadelphia Athletics (NFL) (1902)
1905 World Series
Columbia Park or Columbia Avenue Grounds was
a baseball stadium that formerly stood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It was the first home of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team from
the team's founding in 1901 until their move to Shibe Park in 1909.
The opening game in Columbia Park was held on
April 26, 1901, after the first two games were rained out. The Athletics
played the Washington Nationals (Senators) in front of an overflow crowd
of 10,524, with some fans standing on the outfield walls and the roofs
of nearby houses. The Athletics lost 5-1, despite three hits by second
baseman Nap Lajoie.
The Athletics won two American League pennants in Columbia Park, one
in 1902 and one in 1905. Because the National League refused to play
against the American League in 1902, only the 1905 World Series was
held in the Park; the Athletics lost to the New York Giants 4 games
The stadium also briefly served as the home of the Philadelphia Athletics
football club, before the team folded in 1902. Connie Mack leased the
ballpark to the independent Negro League club, the Philadelphia Giants.
The Giants played at the ballpark while the Athletics were on the road.
The Giants were the first club to play night-baseball in Philadelphia
when they played under portable lights on June 4, 1902. The Philadelphia
Phillies temporarily called Columbia Park home in 1903, while Baker
Bowl was repaired after a balcony collapse on August 8, 1903. The Phillies
played sixteen games at Columbia Park in August and September 1903.
The final game played at the park took place on October 3, 1908; the
visiting Boston Americans defeated the Athletics 5-0 in the second game
of a doubleheader. The lack of seating at Columbia Park was the main
reason the Athletics left for Shibe Park. After the Athletics left,
the park was almost entirely abandoned. Columbia Park was eventually
demolished in the 1910s to make way for new homes.
The sod from Columbia Park was transplanted to Shibe Park after the