Russwood Inferno

April 18, 1960

A three-line headline delivered news of a fire that remains a topic of discussion among older Memphians.

$1,000,000 Fire Razes Chicks’ Ball Park,
Damages Baptist and John Gaston Hospitals
And Forces Evacuation of Many Patients.

The Russwood Park fire destroyed the ballpark of the Memphis Chicks and damaged Baptist Hospital, at left, as well as John Gaston Hospital. (The Commercial Appeal)