OBSTRUCTED VIEW
DETROIT NEWS PHOTO, CIRCA 1940s

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A Tigers fan peeks from behind one of the steel support beams holding up the second deck at Briggs Stadium. The park’s stands were so close to the action that fans could sometimes hear infielders chatting, but the price of such intimacy was thousands of obstructed view seats. While many fans regarded the posts as a major irritant, most dismissed them as just one of the quirks that helped make the stadium unique. “Like the assembly-line town it represented,”
essayist Peter Hyman eulogized after the stadium closed in 1999, “the ballpark was more workmanlike than elegant—full of imperfections but entirely lacking in pretense.”



 

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