No place like Candlestick

  • FILE - In this Aug. 22, 1965, file photo, San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal (27) swings a bat at Los Angeles Dodgers catcher John Roseboro as Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, rear right, tries to break it up in the third inning at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Violence is part of the game in many sports. But when athletes cross the line it can attract the attention of authorities _ sometimes from within their sport and in other cases from criminal prosecutors. The punishment of four members of the New Orleans Saints for participating a cash-for-hits bounty system targeting opponents is the latest example but not the only one. (AP Photo/Robert H. Houston, File)

Felipe Alou played on the sandlots of the Dominican Republic and in the low minors at Cocoa, Fla., Lake Charles, La., and Springfield, Mass. His distinguished big-league playing career included four seasons with the Giants when Candlestick was their home field and seven as a visiting player.

He has never been known for hyperbole, so consider his perspective on Candlestick Park, as quoted in Brian Murphy's 2008 book, "San Francisco Giants: 50 Years":

"... the single most difficult park to play baseball I ever saw, anywhere, at any level."

Candlestick Park Through the Years


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