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Gilmore Field, located in the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles, was home of the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League from 1939 to 1957. Seating about 11,000, the park featured a single-decked wooden grandstand with uncovered bleachers down each foul line. Its dimensions were symmetrical, and the seats were very close to the playing field, allowing for little foul ground and giving the park an intimate feel. The stadium had lights from its inception.

Located near the Hollywood movie studios, many well known actors and actresses attended games at Gilmore Field. For the park's opener on May 2, 1939, stars in attendance included Gene Autry, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bing Crosby, and Barbara Stanwyck.

When the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles for the 1958 season, the Stars were sold and moved to Salt Lake City. Gilmore Field was demolished, and today its site is occupied by a parking lot at the CBS Television studios.

[edit] Further reading

  • Chris Epting: Los Angeles's Historic Ballparks, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, SC, 2010.
  • Ron Selter: "The Pacific Coast League Ballparks of Los Angeles", in Jean Hastings Ardell and Andy McCue, ed.: Endless Seasons: Baseball in Southern California, The National Pastime, SABR, Number 41, 2011, pp. 104-108.
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