Searching For Current Wooden Baseball Parks? 
See Where They Are Today.

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In a search for America's current wooden baseball parks we need to go back to the beginning.

The very first ball park ever built was the wooden baseball park and it was constructed entirely from timber.

That first park was built in honor the game of baseball and would be followed by a breath taking array of Wooden Baseball Stadiums that were the predecessors of today's Modern baseball venues.

·        South End Grounds

·        National League Park

·        Polo Grounds

·        Recreation Park

·        Orioles Park

These parks were among the first Wooden baseball parks built in America.

Polo Grounds-1905. The Morris-Jumel Mansion is on the upper right on top of Coogan's BluffThe Polo Grounds was the name of three stadiums in Upper Manhattan, New York, used mainly for professional baseball and American football from 1880 until 1963. Wikipedia

Starting as early as 1871 and continuing through 1902 there were over 27, professional, Wooden baseball parks built in America.

These parks, at the time, were majestic Wooden structures that, to many baseball fans, were bigger than life. They were the birth place of the game of baseball and like a child's first tree house they were indelibly itched into our memories.

By the early 1900s the construction industry shifted to the use of Concrete/Steel  and Wood became obsolete in the construction of professional baseball stadiums.

Are There any Current Wooden Baseball Parks being used Today?

Baseball stadium construction totally embrace the use of concrete and steel with the rebuilding of the, fire damaged, Baker Bowl in 1894.

These new, more permanent, structures were larger and adorned with more amenities than their Wooden forefathers but there was still something missing.

A special something that was only present within the confines of a Wooden baseball parks.

The game of baseball is an intimate sport and the fans come to look their hero's in the eye and be able to reach out and touch them.

These first parks were built to satisfy that feeling and allowed fans to become part of the game. The calming texture of wood gave the space character and made the parks inviting.

An inquisitive reader posed the question, "Do you know of any current wooden baseball parks still in use today?", and it caught me flat footed.

You would think that in this age of modern construction and high tech building materials that the wooden baseball parks had died completely with the birth of the Baker Bowl.

Fortunately, for us die-hard baseball fans, that is not the case, and thanks go out to Mike from Klamath Falls, OR, USA for his insightful question.

Wooden Baseball Parks, Saved by "The New Deal"

The answer to Mike's question, is a resounding Yes.  The WPA has developed and provided a list of current Wooden Ballparks that are still in use today.

Who is the WPA?  A look back at the Great Depression of 1929 we find America in financial shambles. To address the problem President Roosevelt passes a social stimulus program, WPA (Works Progress Administration).

Designed to put people back to work, this program would, single handedly, breath live into Wooden Baseball Park Construction.

The funding from the WPA put skilled workers back to work rebuilding America's infrastructure.

Parks and Recreation refurbishing was part of the New Deal and current wooden baseball parks would benefit greatly from this program and those funds are still being used today.

Current Wooden Baseball parks
Still in use

Stadium                             City/State                          Built                      Status

Liberty Park Stadium         Sedalia, MO                       1937                     Amateur 

Jay Littleton Ballpark            Ontario, CA                        1937                     Amateur 

Olympic Stadium                  Hoquiam, WA                    1938                     Amateur 

Denton Field                         Miles City, MT                   1940                     Amateur

Wooden WPA Ballparks Standing
but Idle

Civic Stadium                      Eugene, Or                         1938                     At risk of demolition

Non-WPA Wooden Ballparks
Still Standing

St. Cloud Commons           Huntington, WV                  1910                           Amateur 

    Wahconah Park                         Pittsfield, MA                   1919                           Professional

Hicks Field                          Edenton, NC                           1930                            Amateur 

Simmons Field                    Kenosha, WI                          1933                            Amateur 

Recreation Park                  Wenatchee, WA                    1937                            Amateur 

Quakertown Mem.               Quakertown, PA                  1938                            Amateur 

Kindrick Legion Field            Helena, MT                              1939                            Professional

Ken Waite Field                     Aberdeen, WA                      ?                                Amateur 

But Wait, There is More

I would be totally remiss if I did not pay homage to the Wooden baseball Stadiums that gave birth to this article.

·        Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls, Oregon

Kiger Stadium-klamath falls, OR

Kiger Stadium has captured the magic and has built a love affair with the fans that harkens back to the days of old.

Unpretentious and straight forward this park is cherished by the fans who come to experience baseball the way it was before corporate sponsors invaded our space.

This park is a living example of how one of these current Wooden Baseball parks have survived a midst the onslaught of 21st century construction materials by simply giving the fans what they want.

If you have never spent an afternoon watching a baseball game in the warm confines of a Wooden baseball stadium you need to put it on top of  your bucket-list.

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When I started this article I found myself a bit confused. What was the Park's actual name?,  Was it Washington Park and if so Why? Who was in charge of naming these new structures? Why did they all have more than one name at the same time?

Well as it works out the blame lies with the Baseball Owners. Almost every new stadium built carried the phrase "Also Know As" and that is how the Fans liked it. It was actually the Fans that determined what name the stadium would carry. 

Brooklyn had it's Park but so did Chicago, Philadelphia, Ohio and Missouri. Each parks name was fueled by the neighborhood in which belonged. When you look at it there is no difference even in today's Baseball

The growth and popularity of almost every region of America was dependant on  the presence of a Professional Baseball Stadium.

The Stadium was one of those Historic Cathedrals but it would die before it's time.

It was clear that the ultimate value of a Baseball Stadium comes from the performances on the field. Those performances are made memorable because of the Athletics who played the game. Player acquisition became an art form and, often times that quest would, challenged the legal system.

Player stealing and Team Hopping became a way of life and ultimately led to the adoption of ,what is now, the Collective Bargaining System.

It was the Home runs that brought the fans to the parks and Eastern Park could not deliver. To add insult to injury the park was built in what was called the Dead Ball Era which exasperated the parks woe's


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Eastern Park & The Home Run

This new stadium was a Glorious Cathedral that was eagerly anticipated. This original, all wood, structures was built on a large parcel that allowed the field dimensions to be very large. The finished Stadium, like most of the time, was too big and didn't give the fans what they were looking for, the Home Run.

A Home run to left had to travel over 300 feet and clear a wall 25ft high. It took a shots of over 380 feet in the allies and over 410 feet to dead center.

It was the Home runs that brought the fans to the parks and Eastern Park could not deliver. To add insult to injury the park was built in what was called the Dead Ball Era which exasperated the parks woe's

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