Chronological Tour: Stop 14

Big Mac

A mural decorating a wall of MacArthur Stadium, Aug-1995.

Yes, that’s a temporary camera stand out in center field.

Quick Facts: Rating: 2 baseballs
The Syracuse Chiefs were a mainstay of the International League season after season. They played for many years at MacArthur Stadium, a quaint old facility at which people complained about the sewers backing up and the toilets stinking, but they kept coming back for their Chiefs.

By the end of the park’s existence, the club was a Toronto Blue Jays franchise. They had originally planned to shut the place down after 1995, but the new Onondaga County Stadium rising across the street was not completed that winter due to severe weather, and they coaxed one additional season out of Big Mac.

Finally, in 1997, the Chiefs (rechristened the SkyChiefs because of alleged complaints from the nearby Onondaga Nation, whose reservation is about five miles south of the park) relocated to their new park, which now sported the name of a local supermarket chain.

Game # Date League Level Result
37 Sat 18-Aug-1990 International * AAA Oklahoma City 5, SYRACUSE 0
170 Fri 4-Aug-1995 International AAA Pawtucket 8, SYRACUSE 7
* Interleague play (vs. American Association).
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