Photograph of Philadelphia Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles in front of the entrance to the Sunset Park subdivision.
This picture commemorates when the Philadelphia Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball teams played an exhibition game in Wilmington, NC. A parade was held welcoming the two teams, and local leaders took the teams on a tour of the city, hoping they would choose Wilmington as spring training ground. The game, at 3:15 p.m. on March 21, 1913, marked the first time big-league baseball teams visited the city. According to reports, about 2,000 people were in attendance. Four months after the game, the Phillies were considering starting a spring training camp here. A local company formed to start a Wilmington Baseball Stock Company and raise money for the needs of a baseball team in training, including a grandstand, bleachers, and a new baseball diamond at the suburb of Sunset Park. The Phillies did indeed train here in 1914 and 1915, but left Wilmington due to a terrible season and constant complaints about the conditions.
1913 March 20
Wells Collection 1893-1998, Sp. Coll. #1283
New Hanover County Public Library
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