WATT Powell Park opened in 1947 and was the home of minor league affiliates of various big league teams over the decades. Like many a ballpark, Watt Powell was historic.
Legend says Carlos Delgado slugged the longest homer ever when a home run ball landed in a coal train that wound up in Pittsburgh.
Nevertheless, in 2006 co-owners CAMC and the University of Charleston tore it down to make way for a new cancer treatment center.
History is nice but progress is better.
Now what is this about a proposal to make it more difficult for property owners in Charleston to tear down empty old buildings?
A meeting of the Strong Neighborhoods Task Force last week pushed for an ordinance that would allow outsiders to file a protest and delay the demolition of any historic building in town.
The city would appoint an advocate for the building.
"We need to make sure someone's having a role during the waiting period," Neighborhood Planner Lori Brannon said. "Somebody better be championing that whole thing."
Their concerns are legitimate. The town's history should be respected and preserved as much as possible.
But the decision to spend money to destroy an asset is not one taken lightly. A fine example was the demolition of Central United Methodist Church last summer.
The decision to tear it down came neither easily nor overnight. People who were baptized as infants there and later married in the church tried everything in their power to preserve the church after the congregation closed it in 2008.
After four years, the only choice was to auction off the stained glass windows and the like, and hire a demolition crew.
A Family Dollar store is in its place, which at least generates taxes for the city.
Just as no one wants Charleston to become a pile of rubble, no one wants to make the city a Living Museum of Empty Buildings.