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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The nation's best

   May 29, 1929 -- Stadium openings were in their infancy way back in 1929, especially in Buffalo. Pro football was just getting started, and the college teams didn't need huge palaces either.

   Buffalo, however, dared to be great during the Twenties. On this day, it opened a new facility called All High Stadium. It was located behind Bennett High School on Main Street, and it was considered the single best high school stadium in the country.

   More than 20,000 people, including the usual politicians and dignitaries from the state and city, turned out for the dedication.

   The most popular use of the building was for football, and it took exactly four months -- until September 29 -- for the stadium to be used for that purpose. Bennett beat Technical, 28-0, in the first game.

   The facility might be best known for its role in a movie. It took some photographic tricks, but All High was used as a stand-in for Wrigley Field in the movie, "The Natural." The facility went through some major renovations in 2007.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.