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Phillies History Flashback: Rooftop bleachers not just for Chicago

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shibeoutside1914The remastered photo shows, in great detail, fans crowding the rooftop bleachers built by home owners along 20th Street outside Shibe Park.  These bleachers served as the inspiration for the “Rooftop Bleacher Section” at Citizens Bank Park.  The photo also shows, in great detail, just how poorly dressed fans are today.  Instead of having a cheesy 80s Retro Night, I say the Phils organize a “Back to the 1910s Night.”  I’ve been waiting for an occasion to break out my spats.

Although the fans along 20th Street may have had a nice view of the games, they didn’t go home pleased.  The A’s would lose this series to the “Miracle” Boston Braves in 4 games.

As we all know, the Cubs won the World Series and brought the Fall Classic back to Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945. Wrigley is one of sports’ most iconic ballparks of all time. They too, still have their own rooftop bleachers in the outfield. Now you can take your pick on who does it better: Shibe or Wrigley?

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