Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Admission Price At The Compton Avenue Grounds

The Philadelphias, like the St. Louis Reds, will only charge twenty-five cents admission.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, March 1, 1876

We now know that both the Brown Stockings and Reds were charging twenty-five cents for admission during this era. I think that information excuses the shortness of this post.  Enjoy the Super Bowl.  


Richard Hershberger said...

I have no specific knowledge, but I strongly suspect you will find the Brown Stockings charged fifty cents in 1876-1877, as that was the League-wide norm. The twenty-five cent admission of the Philadelphias (who, just to be clear, were not the Athletics) and the St. Louis Reds was typical for top-tier non-League clubs.

Jeffrey Kittel said...

I tried to qualify my statement a bit about when the Browns were charging 25 cents because the information about the Reds was from 1876. The contemporary source I have that mentions admission prices to the Grand Avenue Park is from 1875. What I was trying to get at without explicitly saying so was that the Browns were charging 25 cents in 1875 and the Reds are charging 25 cents in 1876 therefore they were both probably charging 25 cents in 1875. I couldn't figure out an elegant way to say that (and still haven't).