Aerial view of Pratt Field (1921)
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This photograph shows an aerial view of the International YMCA College's (now Springfield College) Pratt Field and its surroundings taken in 1921. There is a football game occurring on the field, with the players by the end zone and others on the sidelines, as well as fans in the grandstands. There are houses visible to the right side of the field, as well as behind the field. Pratt Field was a gift of Mr. Herbert L. Pratt. It consisted, originally, of a quarter-mile track, 220 yard straightaway twenty-four feet wide, eleven runaways and pits for jumping and vaulting, seven tennis courts, a football field, and a baseball diamond. An eight-foot high reinforced concrete fence surrounds the field. The entrances were designed by Edward Lippincourt Tilton, who also designed Springfield's Judd Gymnasium and the Marsh Memorial Building. Part of Pratt field is still used today for track and field, however the name was changed to Blake Field. There is a duplicate of this image that can be seen here: http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/10560
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International Young Men's Christian Association College
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