After the first ‘Haarlemse Honkbalweek’ was organised on the fields
at the ‘Badmintonpad’ (currently occupied by the baseball club Kinheim),
in the summer of 1963 the second edition of this tournament was held
for the first time in a new baseball stadium.
An impressing and rich history of a unique stadium!
It is cold and freezing in Haarlem Noord…”A bulldozer is already working
at the ground, trying to get the field free of snow, the materials are
being delivered and if there is no negative sound coming from the labour
inspection, than the first pile will be put into the ground on Monday
the 25th of February 1963.”
Text retrieved from the ‘Haarlems Dagblad’ of February 22nd 1963.
The city of Haarlem was about to build a, in those times multifunctional,
baseball stadium which held 2500 seats, players’ places and rooms for
massages. Nevertheless, the 2nd Haarlem Baseballweek had to start at
the 29th of June with its first game. The city of Haarlem made contact
with J.P.A. Nelissen, a contractor from Haarlem, to ask whether he would
be able to finish this job within four months time, under unbearable
weather conditions. Nelissen told the City yes, and on the 25th of February
the first pile was hit into the ground.
At May 11 1963, the flag rose at the Pim Mulier Sportpark at the Delftlaan.
The reason to do this was grounded as the last fundamentals for the
stand had been finished.
At the first of June 1963, just a few minutes before noon, the eight
and last lamp standard was on its spot. To place this standard only
took half an hour.
At June 29 1963, it could finally begin…… the job was done and the
2nd ‘Haarlemse Honkbalweek” could start. It was the American team of
the Sullivan’s, coordinated by Bob Sullivan, that won this first edition
in the new baseball stadium.
Facts of the Pim Mulier Baseball Stadium:
- Start building at 15 February 1963
- Finished on 29 June 1963
- Days to build the stadium 88
- Temperature around zero degrees Celsius
- Capacity of 2500 seats
- 1st solid baseball stand in Europe
- 422 piles
- 15 construction workers
- 1540 sunk concrete elements
- 104 patterns
- 50 patterns adjusted during building process
- 110 meters stand
- 5 kilometres wood used for seats and backrests
- 15,000 bolts
- 8 lamp standards, of which 2 lamp standards of 35 meters and 6 of
- 156 bulbs, each of 1000 Watts
- 150 lux of light in the infield
- 100 lux of light in the outfield
contractor J.P.A. Nelissen
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