Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, PA, ca 1930s – Its right field wall, not Green Monster, was tallest in MLB history standing at 60 feet

Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, PA, ca 1930s – Its right field wall, not Green Monster, was tallest in MLB history standing at 60 feet

It wouldn’t be a bit surprising if many baseball fans assumed the tallest outfield wall in baseball history was the Green Monster in Fenway Park. But truth be told it wasn’t even close to be the tallest, this distinction belonged to the right field wall at the Baker Bowl that stood 60 feet high, 23 feet higher than the Green Monster. Being that it was only 280 feet from home plate to right field the height of the wall was extended up to help cut down on easy home runs. Including putting up a mesh fence that was in play.

One of the more amusing stories of the tall wall was printed in the New York Times:

“In his short career with the Dodgers, (Hack) Wilson played for Manager Casey Stengel. In a game against the Phillies in the compact Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, Stengel had come to the mound to remove pitcher Walter (Boom Boom) Beck. Wilson was in right field, his hands on his knees, his head down, exhausted from chasing baseballs hit off Beck. It was hot, and maybe Wilson had been out late the night before. Beck didn’t want to leave the game, argued with Stengel and then flung the baseball that hit the tin fence behind Wilson. Startled, Wilson leaped into action, raced to the fence, picked up the ball and made a perfect throw to second base. ”It was the best play Hack made all year,” Stengel said.”

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