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1. Seals Stadium: 16th and Potrero. Open from 1931 to 1959. It was this stadium that our own Mission Reds last played in, before leaving it and us, moving to Los Angeles and renaming themselves the Hollywood Stars. And people wonder why Northern and Southern California don’t get along.

2. Big Rec Baseball Park: 15th and Valencia. This was home to the Seals from 1907 to 1930 (minus that year they spent in Oakland). Now the Valencia Gardens housing projects. Another photo, looking down Valencia Street.

3. Recreation Grounds Baseball Park: 26th and Harrison. This was San Francisco’s first professional enclosed ballpark, open from 1868 to 1884. Now it’s  Garfield Square, home of Garfield Pool, and the place where altars are built for the Mission’s annual Day of the Dead celebration.

4. 16th and Harrison: Supposedly, supposedly, the site of not only the first baseball game in San Francisco, but the first baseball game in California. The year? 1859.