VIDEO: Comiskey Park’s Famous Exploding Scoreboard

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Most of the old ballparks are gone, the ballparks that helped shape Major League Baseball in the 20th century.

One of the ballparks that had the most character was the original Comiskey Park in Chicago. The park served as home for the Chicago White Sox from 1910 to 1990. It was host to three World Series and many amazing baseball moments.

The most memorable aspect of the ballpark was a giant scoreboard in center field that was topped with pinwheels that lit up, spun, and “exploded” with sparks when a Chicago batter hit a home run or the White Sox won.

This video shows the scoreboard to the old Comiskey Park. It also features an interview with Bill Veeck, former owner of the team, and the man who installed the famous scoreboard.

Many parts of the scoreboard, including a few of the iconic pinwheels, are now in the collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is the author of three books about baseball, including Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He lives in Michigan where he writes, runs, and enjoys a good orange soda now and again.
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