That is the title of a PBS Documentary on Bobby Maduro (Miami) Stadium (better titled, I think: "This is How Miami Fails Itself. Again."). Kudos to John S. Graham at Fowler White Burnett who produced the film.
The ballpark opened on August 31, 1949 and Miami was booming. The "Magic City", with its tropical beaches, year round sunshine and retinue of jai-alai frontons, racetracks and resort hotels looked to put itself on the map as a baseball town. With little publicity, the "finest baseball park in the land" magically appeared on the corner of NW 10th Avenue and 23rd Street in Allapattah.
Its gone now, but between now and then the history that took place at that ballpark should be part of our fabric. Oh, you don't know?
It held an intimate 13,500 people. The BROOKLYN Dodgers held Spring Training there. When the team broke the heart of New York and moved to Los Angeles, they played their first game as the LA Dodgers there. It was a modern, ground breaking stadium, with a cantilever roof which allowed almost no obstructed views to patrons.
Satchel Paige pitched there. Paige played in the Negro League until he was 40. In July 1956 Paige turned 50 on the mound at Miami Stadium in a Miami Marlins uniform. He went 11-4 that year with a 1.86 ERA. At 50. Years old.
Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Roy Campinella, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and a kid named Cal Ripkin, Jr. played there each Spring. 5 Hall of Fame players were born there, including pitchers Ferguson Jenkins and Jim Palmer.
The Herald once reported that Cuban millionaire José Manuel Alemán was a driving force in constuction. In 1948, Alemán became a controversial figure in Cuba. He allegedly took part in the noontime theft of a $174 million fortune from the Cuban treasury's vault. It's unclear if Miami Stadium was built with stolen money, but cash flowed freely for the project from the start. The same week as the heist, the group purchased a local minor league team, the Miami Tourist, for $64,000. The Tourist were renamed the Miami Sun Sox. Opening Day for the stadium featured a game between the Miami Sun Sox and the Havana Cubans. Before Castro.
And Bobby Maduro was more Cuban than you will ever be. Read this.
It thrived for a while. (Note the Historical reference to the Miami Marlins in the photo below, before the teams latest incarnation.)
In 2001 it was demolished, like so much of our history.
We have our collective heads up our asses, for letting this go. What a shame.