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Bosse Field, Evansville, IN 2015

by Robin R. West
(Evansville, IN)

Location:	23 Don Mattingly Way Evansville, Indiana 47711

Location: 23 Don Mattingly Way Evansville, Indiana 47711

Location:	23 Don Mattingly Way Evansville, Indiana 47711 Bosse Field like, almost every stadium built at the time, was born out of necessity. The previous, All Wood, stadium experienced a catastrophic failure when the East stands of the Louisiana Street Grounds collapsed and over 40 people were injured. The very next day Mayor Bosse announced the plans to building a new Ballpark which became Bosse Field which opened on June 17, 1915. Bosse Field was one the first professional stadium to make the conversions from Wood construction to Concrete and Steel. The original stadium didn't look as it appears today. The now brick exterior was covered with stucco and would not dawn its current appearance until renovations were performed in the 1930.

This is the third oldest baseball stadium in the United States. Bosse Field, is a baseball stadium located in Evansville, Indiana. Built in 1915, it is the third-oldest ballpark still in regular use in the United States, surpassed only by Fenway Park (1912) in Boston and Wrigley Field (1914) in Chicago.
It is the current home of the Frontier League Evansville Otters, a minor league baseball team. The Otters franchise came to Evansville in 1995 and have attracted a record number of fans for the league.1 In 2006 the Otters won the Frontier League title.
In 1991 the historic stadium was used by Columbia Pictures for game scenes in the movie A League of Their Own.2

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Oldest basebal park in the world

by Brian McCarthy
(Somerville, Massachusetts)

From; http://www.extraordinarytown.com/guinnessworldrecord.aspx, Clinton  Massachusetts's Fuller Park, built in 1878, has laid claim to the title of the World's Oldest Continually Used Baseball Park In the World.

From; http://www.extraordinarytown.com/guinnessworldrecord.aspx, Clinton Massachusetts's Fuller Park, built in 1878, has laid claim to the title of the World's Oldest Continually Used Baseball Park In the World.

From; http://www.extraordinarytown.com/guinnessworldrecord.aspx, Clinton  Massachusetts's Fuller Park, built in 1878, has laid claim to the title of the World's Oldest Continually Used Baseball Park In the World. This title was, for years, was held by London, Ontario's Labatt Park because it actually starting play in 1877. However it was later discovered that home plate had been moved from its original location giving Fuller Field the title of Oldest continually used baseball park in the world. In September 2008, however, Labatt Park replaced Clinton, Massachusetts' Fuller Field in the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records (page 191) as the Whether it was Fuller Field or Labatt's Park, the history of the Baseball Field continues to evolve and the answer to many of history's questions really lies in how the question is asked.

Clinton, Massachusetts has the oldest continuously-operated park in the world. In 2004, author A. J. Bastarache decided to find the location of the 1878 Clinton baseball diamond described in documents as "The Grounds."
This Clinton baseball diamond was home field to future Hall of Famers Tim Keefe and Billy "Sliding" Hamilton. They were the greatest players in their day and pioneers of the game

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Rickwood Field Birmingham, AL


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It was built for the Birmingham Barons in 1910 by industrialist and team-owner Rick Woodward and has served as the home park for the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues

It was built for the Birmingham Barons in 1910 by industrialist and team-owner Rick Woodward and has served as the home park for the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues

It was built for the Birmingham Barons in 1910 by industrialist and team-owner Rick Woodward and has served as the home park for the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues The Birmingham Black Barons played professional baseball for Birmingham, Alabama, in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1960 when the Major Leagues successfully integrated. They alternated home stands with the Birmingham Barons in Birmingham's Rickwood Field, usually drawing larger crowds and equal press. Rickwood Field played a staring role in the Jackie Robinson movie '42'. Actor Andre Holland (with typewriter) from Bessemer and extra Jim DeGraw of Blount Springs talk among a group of inflatables during shooting. Extra Eldon Ingram is in background. Today’s board has hand-operated functions, just like the original. Scores are dropped in by boys hanging out in the ballpark. And since it seemed appropriate to unite the old with the modern, the scoreboard has been updated with electronics to ensure the hard-to-reach analogue clock always shows the correct time.

Built in 1910 at a cost of $75,000. Served as home for several teams including the Birmingham Barons, the Birmingham Black Barons and the Birmingham A's. Over 100 Hall of Famers have played there either as part of a Minor League Team, a Negro League Team or in an exhibition game. Games are still played there and it was used in the movie 42.

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