Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I've Seen This Before

The field at Sportsmans' Park is all burnt up, and the expanse of withered turf is pretty good evidence of the red-hot time that has been prevalent in the Mound City this summer.
-Sporting Life, October 9, 1897

For those who don't know, it gets a little hot in St. Louis during the summer. We just went through a stretch of about two weeks where the high was in the upper nineties with ninety percent humidity. It was fairly miserable. If you're not careful, by the end of August the heat will kill off large chunks of your lawn. I've seen this at Busch Stadium-big blotchy brown patches all over the outfield. It's nice to know that they were having the same problem more than a hundred years ago. Of course, now I think they just paint the grass green and everything looks fine.

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