Sunday, May 9, 2010
Where's The Municipal Stadium Marker?
This picture was taken on April 10, 2010 at the corner of 22nd & Brooklyn in Kansas City.
On April 7, 2000, a historical marker was placed here commemorating the site of Municipal Stadium, the heart of Kansas City baseball from 1923 to 1972. Buck O'Neil lead the crowd in a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at the unveiling that day. He said, "This was some corner. On opening day, they would start from 18th and Vine and parade up Brooklyn right on up here. The band played and came into the back of the ballpark. And we'd fill it up." Bob Lewellen, a member of the group that spearheaded the creation of the marker, said, "The marker will be here forever." (Quotes from April 6th and 7th, 2000 Kansas City Star.)
So, umm...where's the marker? I made a trip to the corner to check out the sign and the spot of so much great baseball history in this town, but was surprised to see it is gone. I have no idea why. This sign is down the block along 22nd Street, and indicates a company called DK Homes is developing the area. Perhaps they removed it?
Here's what the marker looked like when it was there: