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The oldest surviving ballpark in America


The nation’s oldest ballpark. Nope, it’s not that one with grandstands dating to 1908. Cardines Field in Newport, R.I., is the oldest surviving ballpark in the country, originally used by the railroad leagues that sponsored competitions between the New York, New Haven, and Old Colony Railroads. Touring Major League and Negro League teams played there — among them, Boston and New York ball clubs that would travel to Newport for exhibition games on Sundays when playing baseball was not allowed in their hometowns — with players the likes of Satchel Paige. (West Marlborough Street and America’s Cup Avenue)

While you’re in town, if Carey Mansion at Salve Regina University looks familiar, it could be because it doubled as the fictional Collinwood, home of vampire Barnabas Collins in the 1960s television series “Dark Shadows.” (100 Ochre Point Ave.)


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