Candlestick Park, on the western shore of the San Francisco Bay, was built in the late 1950s on the cheapest plot of land available but suitable for a stadium. It is noted for its windy conditions; architect John Bolles designed the park to protect it from wind by installing a boomerang-shaped baffle in the upper tier.
As noted in a previous column, this design never worked and for its first 10 seasons the wind whistled in from left-center toward right-center.
Once it was expanded to accommodate the football ’49ers by enclosing it, the wind was stronger and colder. Built originally with a radiant heating system, Candlestick or The Stick, became known as not only the windiest ballpark but the coldest in the major leagues.
Sunny and hot. High near 95. Calm winds becoming northerly at 5 mph. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 68. Northwesterly winds 5 mph becoming calm.