It has officially been 100 years since Honus Wagner’s 3000th hit. Playing at the legendary Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, the Baker Bowl was home to the Phillies for over 50 years. When looking at legendary baseball stadiums one can see how different many of these field dimensions were when compared to today’s stadiums.

The legendary right field wall at the Baker Bowl was only 280 ft. down the line, but at 60 ft. tall is the largest MLB wall ever constructed. One of the strangest creations ever at a MLB stadium, the “Baker Wall” was made out of a many different items including tin, masonry, wood and metal and pipe screen.

Some of the unlucky right fielders that ran into the wall compared it to a rough cement wall, as it was quick to take off the skin of any player who ran against it. What makes this wall so unique is that because of its short distance to home plate and the number of different materials that it was made of, it made a distinct sound that almost sounded like a baseball whacking off of a modern day aluminum siding.

Comparison to the Green Monster

One fo the first things that is always mentioned is the Baker Wall comparison to the Green Monster. While they are similar in appearance, both have very different qualities. The Baker Wall was almost double 60 ft. to 37 ft. the size of Fenway’s famed Green Monster. Also, The Green Monster was made much better, as it was not thrown together with different pieces and parts like the Monster. Homeruns were pretty similar, but most shots off the Green Monster USUALLY result in doubles, while straight hits off of the Baker Wall were mostly singles, as it was only 280 ft. from home plate and in right field. Besides Wagner’s 3000th hit, Babe Ruth played his final MLB game there on 05/30/1935. As far as hitting goes, Wagner was one of the greatest of all time totaling 3,430 hits over 20 seasons and owning a .329 career mark. Playing first for the Louisville Colonels and then for the Pirates, Wagner’s career was one of the finest that baseball has ever seen. He was one of the first 5 members of the professional baseball hall of fame and considered by many to be the greatest shortstop of all-time. Wagner’s claim to fame for modern baseball fans is his baseball card from 1906. The T206 Honus Wagner card is the most expensive card ever sold and has fetched up to 2.8 million dollars in an auction. There are only thought of to be 57 of these Wagner cards ever created because Honus himself ordered production to stop by the American Tobacco company.