Crowd in wildcat stands at Bennett Park
View of crowd seated in wildcat stands beyond the outfield fence at Bennett Park ballpark. Walker & Co. billboards on fence advertise J.C. Hartz Co. clothing store, Old Farm Springs pure rye, La Azora cigars and M.A. LaFond & Co. fine cigars. "Nichols for city clerk" and "George F. Gaston for sheriff" banners displayed on bleachers. Caption under photograph: "Deep left field of yesteryear. Back of the left field fence at old Bennett Park, the cagey citizens of Corktown used to build their own stands, affording small-income fans a birdseye view of the situation, as of any fair afternoon in an early-century summer. These were called 'cat stands,' because the customers had to have catlike agility in arriving at their precarious pews. The late Frank J. Navin tried to outwit these pernurious patrons by hoisting huge canvas obstructions to cut off the view. There was even a bitter legal battle, involving injunctions and such. It is easy to see that the late Charlie Nichols was running for City Clerk at the time and George Gaston was going for sheriff."
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- Baseball fields--Michigan--Detroit
- Baseball fans--Michigan--Detroit
- Photographic prints
- 1 photographic print mounted on mat board ; image 6 x 7.75 in.
- Ernie Harwell Sports Collection
- Photographs-Ballparks-Bennett Park
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