23. Comiskey Park
- Year Opened: 1910
- Year Demolished: 1991
- Capacity: 43,951
- Defining Features: exploding pinwheels, Andy the Clown, colorful owners
Comiskey Park held the title as the oldest MLB park when it was closed in 1991. Over its 80 years of existence, the home of the White Sox was a colorful place to watch a baseball game thanks to owners Charlie Comiskey and Bill Veeck. The Black Sox threw the World Series in 1919 over their own personal squabbles with the owner, and who could forget all of the stunts Veeck pulled over his long career in the major leagues.
Comiskey Park was the largest stadium in baseball when it opened. Stadiums simply were not made to hold over 30,000 fans in that day and age. It was briefly dubbed “The Baseball Place of the World.” As has been the case for most of their existence, the White Sox and Comiskey were overshadowed by their neighbors to the North at Wrigley Field.
Veeck had some of his most creative ideas while running the White Sox. He installed the famous exploding pinwheel scoreboard in center field, created a picnic area in left field, building shower heads into the speaker horns in center field, and of course, approved Disco Demolition Night.
Unfortunately for the White Sox and their fans, Comiskey Park was replaced in 1991, just before the rise in the retro ballparks that are now the most popular in the league. Guaranteed Rate Field is just lacking something extra to put it on par with the rest of the new stadiums in the league.