Sox in the city: World champs' appearance highlighted Gill Stadium opening
Identifiable players of note include Dutch Leonard Leonard (in jacket, far left), Smoky Joe Wood (fifth from left), Tris Speaker (seventh from left) and Harry Hooper (hand on hip, 11th from left).MANCHESTER HISTORIC ASSOCIATION
One week after Labor Day in 1913, workers in Manchester enjoyed their second straight Monday off. The occasion: the Sept. 8 opening of a magnificent new stadium commissioned and constructed by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co., Textile Field.
Built at an estimated cost of $30,000 (about $705,000 in today's currency), the brick, wood and steel grandstand was filled to its 3,000-specator capacity, as were the wooden bleachers at either end of the grandstand, providing seating for an additional 2,000. Thousands more in standing room ringed the 440-yard cinder track, and by day's end, attendance would total around 14,000.
Next came the ballgame, with the Sox facing a collection of all-stars from the local Manufacturers League and a battery provided by the Boston Braves: pitcher Paul Strand and catcher Walt Tragesser. A huge cheer arose from the crowd when the announcement of the starting lineup for the Red Sox included Smoky Joe Wood, the star pitcher who had won 34 games during the 1912 regular season and three more in the World Series.
The games go on
While the Red Sox were making the 2- to 3-hour drive back to Boston, the Amoskeag Textile Club bested the Manchester Light Blues in a soccer match illuminated by Textile Field's 28 arc lights. The post-game fireworks display provided the finale to a very full day.
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