San Francisco, California
Tenants: San Francisco Giants (NL)
San Francisco Giants tickets:
Dimensions: Left field: 340 ft. (1931), 365 (1958), 361 ft. (1959); left-center: 375 ft. (1958), 364 ft. (1959); just left of dead center: 404 ft. (1958); center field: 400 ft. (1931), 410 ft. (1958), 400 ft. (1959); just right of dead center in the corner: 415 ft. (1958); just fight of the 415 mark where the seats jutted out: 397 ft. (1958); right field: 385 ft. (1931), 365 ft. (1940), 355 (1958), 350 ft. (1959); backstop: 55.42 ft.
Fences: Left field: 15 ft. (5 ft. concrete below 10 ft. wire); center field scoreboard: 30.5 ft.; right field: 16 ft. (5 ft. concrete below 11 ft. wire).
Seals Stadium was built in 1931 for the Seals and Missions of the Pacific Coast League. The Seals became the stadium's sole tenant in 1938, when the Missons moved to Hollywood and became the Stars. The Seals continued to play here until the Giants relocated to San Francisco from the Polo Grounds in New York in 1958. The Giants played in Seals Stadium for two seasons until they moved into Candlestick Park in 1960.
Rumor has it that in the 24-hour Safeway store located above Seals Stadium in San Francisco, the employees occasionally see the ghosts of former Seals players walking down the aisles late at night.
The fold down reserve seating and the light stanchions from Seals Stadium were sold for use at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. The seats remained in use until 2005 when they were sold for $75 apiece and replaced.
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View inside Seals Stadium courtesy of the Franklin Digital Collection.
Specials thanks to Lanny Moore and Betsie Doust.
Updated April 2005
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