CHICAGO (CBS) — A piece of Chicago history has been wiped out by the Chicago Park District, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
The Chicago Park District is now calling Thillens Stadium the stadium at Devon and Kedzie. Gone is the giant baseball on a pole that marked the entrance to the little ballpark for 75 years. It was torn down last week and all mentions of Thillens gone as well.
“When I first moved here I was asking, ‘What is up with the big ball in Thillens?’ and my friends would say ‘Oh yeah and it is always a tradition that the kids play there at least one game a year. It’s a big deal to go and play at Thillens.’ And today, we’re coming down Devon and my daughter is like, ‘Mom, where is the big ball? Where is the Thillens sign?’ It looks a little different, it doesn’t look as traditional,” said one parent attending a game at the ballpark.
Also gone from the scoreboard in center field the picture of the old Thillens check cashing truck which if one time hit by a little leaguer, was good for a cash prize.
Newsradio asked the Park District about the changes but have not yet received an answer.