Originally posted by StOnEy333:Watched 150+ games from this exact spot over the last 20 years.
Hell yeah I'm gonna miss it. Run down and outdated maybe, but it's home.
O.K. long post coming. first, regarding this pix, I had season tixs just a little toward the goal posts in the mid 70's. But that's the niners.
Lets start at the beginning for me. 1st time at the stick for me was 1960, five years old. my dad took my brothers and I to a giants day game. I was totally in awe of the green grass, the hugeness of the stadium. then my boyhood hero, number 24, came out of the dugout. Willie Mays, the greatest baseball player of all time (GOAT). Saw him tap the glove (this meant he was gonna catch it for sure) then make the basket catch. and while arguing willie mays may I just say that if it had not been for time in the army and playing at candlestick willie would have been the all time HR leader. I couldnt count all the games I have seen at candlestick but I personally saw willie hit at least 15 to 20 balls to left and center at night games that got knocked down by the wind. This was before the stadium got enclosed and a HR could be hit into the players parking lot or a really long HR hit into the main parking lot. Out in right field (foul territory) their was a enclosed tower that went above the rim of the stadium for parking control. one time I saw willie McCovey hit a ball directly above that tower, a memory I will never forget. even though it was a foul ball that thing had to travel 500'. another Giant memory, I watched dave kingman make a play at the plate. he caught a single that let him throw from medium depth in right to home but the throw went 40 rows up into the stands. unbelievable! Juan Marichal's high leg kick had to be seen in person.
Now on to the niners. I was very excited to see the 49ers move to candlestick. It was an upgrade from kezar. seeing john brodie, and dave Wilcox and the rest of the great 49er teams of the early 70's were my favorite memories of all the games I've ever been too. John brodie naked bootlegs for touchdowns fooled them every time. For me as a teenager coming of age candlestick was my favorite place of all. By the mid 70's I had my own season tickets. I lived in redwood city a few blocks from the 9ers training field. after their practices some would come to gym to play pick up basketball games. I got to know many of them personally there including cedrick hardman and tommy hart. very fun. Also one of my best friends back then knew the family of the owners of the side parking lots at candlestick. they got jobs working the games. after the game had started they would go up to the stadium personel and ask to use the bathroom. once in they never came back out to the lot. surprise.
Even though the 9ers of 80's gave me championship memories, something we always hoped for in the 60s or70s, my best memories will be of my youth growing up at candlestick.
P.S. A call-out to CCIOWA as a poster who seems to have many of the same memories as me.