Arson 90 years ago led to Major League Baseball in Seattle

  • Source: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
  • Published: 07/05/2022 12:00 AM

If we told you the Seattle Mariners were sparked from an actual spark, would you know the story? If we told you the fire of a fanbase was rooted in an actual fire, would you know who to thank? You have to go back 90 years ago to July 4, 1932. "Not a lot of people I think are aware of it now," Seattle baseball historian Dave Eskenazi said. "The further back you go, the more interesting it is and Dugdale is certainly a major, major part of our early baseball history." Dugdale was both a person and a park. Daniel Dugdale was a former professional baseball player from the midwest. He came to the northwest in 1898 because of the Klondike Gold Rush; he got rich off real estate in Seattle; and he built a baseball stadium for the minor league Seattle Indians. The stadium was both a cathedral and a catastrophe waiting to happen. "On July 4th, 1932, after a doubleheader at the ballpark around midnight calls started coming in for a fire at the ballpark," Eskenazi said. "


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