Re: Sparta Stadium
Date: March 27, 2012 01:21AM
Wow, that's funny...... I was the tour guide of a bus tour of the neighborhoods of Czech Chicago yesterday. We were stopped at the corner of Cermak and Kostner and I pointed out what used to be a Czech owned saloon and an elderly lady pointed down the street and said, "that's were Sparta played." I don't know when the "stadium" ceased, but the neighborhood had changed by the late 1950s to almost all African American.
On a somewhat related subject, here is an article about an almost unknown park owned by Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago from 1931-1933.
*The names are not correct and got scrambled in the translation from Czech to English*
Denni Hlasatel. Apr. 30, 1922
A BOHEMIAN BALL PARK BUILT
Our Czechoslovak countrymen, who are interested in all kinds of athletics,
will surely be pleased to learn that our Bohemian-American community will
have its own ball park. For this we are indebted to our Czech Alderman
Mr. Anton J. Cermak, who is generally known to be a friend of every kind of
good, clean sport as a fan, and who is also a member of the Chicago Athletic
Commission which consists of members of the city council. Mr. Cermak
recently purchased an extensive plot of ground located on west 26th Street
and Kostner Avenue and turned it into a ball park. The players, who will
regularly play in this park, are known as the Cermak Indians, and the park
itself will bear their name. It will be officially opened on May 7, 1922,
although the above-named team has already played successfully in various
To us, the fact that most of the members of the team are of Bohemian parent-
age, is, of course, most interesting. The captain of the team is Mr. Albert
Yanis of 2840 South Spalding Avenue; the financial secretary is Mr. F. A. Kuban
of 2532 Homan Avenue; the treasurer is Mr. James llixan of 1922 South 53rd
Avenue, Berwyn, Illinois; and the custodians of the park, J. Kounovsky
and William Soper. The business manager of the team is Mr. James Kuba of
4052 West 26th Street, and his assistants are Llessrs. George Eos and F. Sekosky.
We were informed that the team will consist of the following players: Charles liazouch (pitcher),
Hank Ahrendt (catcher), Joe Vit (first base), Eddie Novak (second base), Ileiman Suelau (shortstop), '.7. Kbtas (third base), JaJcey
Chodora (center field). Bob Uelichar (right field). Tubby Homberg (left field),
Al Ludek (utility pitcher), Jimmy Stroner (utility), Joe Tyk (utility), "Lucky"
Fleider (coach) and Josef Kubic (coach).
We have no doubts whatsoever that our general public will not only be Interested
in this Czech ball park, but also in the team, and we hope that this piece of
news concerning it will not be the last one.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 03/27/2012 02:42AM by Berwyn Frank.