Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Here Come the Pictures!

The first round of pictures of Baker Field have been coming in and some of them are just breathtaking! I want to say a special thanks to everyone's who's participated so far and remind all the readers that we're still looking for A LOT more pictures.

The first shot below comes from Edward Botwinick, (class of 1956), and it is a bit of mystery.

But we can see the big "C" painted on the rocks along the train tracks, (first appeared in 1952), and the west wing addition to the Chrystie Field House, (built in 1955), so we can assume this is probably 1956 or a little later. Anyone who can see anymore clues please chime in. TOO SEE THIS WONDERFUL PHOTO IN ITS INCREDIBLE PANORAMIC FULL SIZE CLICK HERE: old photo

Inwood resident and talented photgrapher Jarid Maged has several shots of the parts of that neighborhood from which you can see Baker Field and Wien Stadium here: Jarid's Photos

Go to the second page notice how a good portion of the playing field is visible from the northbound approach on Seaman Avenue. This is something Wien Stadium offers that the old Baker Field did not as the south end zone was the enclosed part of the horseshoe. Another thing to notice is the fact that there are no parking spots on Seaman in this photo... and that's pretty much what it's like every gameday.

And then there are these great shots from Columbia punter/kicker Jon Rocholl's mom, Sue Rocholl. Enjoy and keep them coming!


At Wed Jan 24, 12:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have one of the nicest places in the country for seeing a football game. These pictures prove it. Give us a competitive product on the field and we'll pack that stadium.

At Wed Jan 24, 12:57:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I couldn't agree more. And as a New York City history buff, there is no end to the interest I have in the Inwood section and how much of it remains as the only part of Manhattan Island that looks just as it did when the Dutch settlers first "discovered" in in 1624.

At Wed Jan 24, 02:38:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The next great area to be rediscovered by bargain hunters who are flocking to Brooklyn is Inwood Park. I can't believe why this hasn't already happened. Anything west of Broadway. and while I'm on the subject, I still can't forgive Sovern and Coles for selling off the piece of Baker Field on which the Allen Pavilion is located. For that alone, they belong in our Columbia Athletics Hall of Shame.


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