CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, the Philadelphia Phillies' longtime spring training home, was demolished Saturday.
The Phillies played exhibition games at the quirky ballpark from 1955-2003 before moving into Bright House Networks Field. The destruction of the stadium's main structure took almost 4 hours.
Phillies stars from Robin Roberts to Mike Schmidt played at Jack Russell, known for its rock-hard infield and sloping outfield. The warning track was made of crushed seashells.
The Rolling Stones held their first American concert at Jack Russell on May 6, 1965, but performed only four songs because fans went onto the field and threw rolls of toilet paper at the band. Police stopped the concert.
The stadium also hosted a double no-hitter in a minor league game on Aug. 23, 1993, when Clearwater beat Winter Haven 1-0 in the Class-A Florida State League. The ballpark was named after former major league pitcher and Clearwater commissioner Jack Russell, an All-Star with the Washington Senators in 1930.
The field and dugouts at Jack Russell will remain intact and smaller stands will be installed, according to Kevin Dunbar, Clearwater director of parks and recreation. Also remaining will be the Phillies' old clubhouse, offices, half field and batting cages that are currently leased to The Winning Inning Baseball Academy, a youth development program.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Opening 2018 World Series Odds The 2018 World Series opening odds have been released. Who is favored, who is the biggest challenger, and who is also in the mix?
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Are the Houston Astros going to clinch their first-ever World Series title Wednesday night in Game 7 with an upset win at the Los Angeles Dodgers? Game time is...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Can the Houston Astros clinch their first-ever World Series title Tuesday night in Game 6 at the Los Angeles...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Los Angeles Dodgers going to ride Clayton Kershaw to a victory over the host Houston Astros in a pivotal Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night? First pitch is at...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Houston Astros going to win a third straight game over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series? First pitch is at...

MLB Team Pages