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What's the Life Span of a Ballpark?

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The on-screen graphic was startling.

Fenway Park was celebrating its 100th birthday Friday. It's the oldest ballpark in the major leagues. Wrigley Field is next, the Cubs having moved there to begin the 1916 season. (Wrigley's actual centennial will be in 2014, since the Federal League's Chicago Whales built the park and played there for the 1914 and 1915 seasons.)

Third place? This was the stunning piece of information.

Dodger Stadium.

Intellectually, I know that the once-sparkling diamond in Chavez Ravine turns 50 this year. Emotionally, it's a tougher thing, because I live in New York and I know people who still haven't forgiven the Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn, who still dream that the team will someday return.

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