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Bosse Field
It was a very special day for Evansville on Thursday afternoon, June 17, 1915, when Bosse Field was opened to the public. Evansville declared a holiday in honor of its new athletic field; factories and stores closed, a parade wound its way from Sunset Park to the new field, and the opening game and evening wrestling match attracted such a huge crowd that reporters the next day questioned whether the facility could continue to hold the delighted fans.

Prior to 1985, Bosse Field was the site of professional baseball in this area for more than fifty years. Along with the Otters, other teams to have called Evansville home are the Triplets (1970-1984), the E-Sox (1966-68), the Braves (1946-57), the Bees (1938-42), the Hubs (1926-31), the Pocketeers (1925), the Little Evas (1924), the Evas (1916-17; 1919-23), and the River Rats (1914-15). Prior to Bosse Field, the Yankees (1912), Strikers (1911), River Rats (1903-1910), Blackbirds (1895), and Hoosiers (1889) played in Evansville, along with teams in 1884 and 1892. The Triplets brought home American Association titles in 1972, 1975, and 1979, while the Braves captured the Three-I League Crown in 1946, 1948, 1956, and 1957. The River Rats won the Central League title in 1908 and 1915. In addition, teams such as the Evansville Black Braves represented the city in Negro League Baseball during the first part of the 20th century.

Hundreds of major league players have played at Bosse Field and, to many, this was their home, including Hall of Famers Hank Greenburg, Chuck Klein, Edd Rousch, Warren Spahn, and Sam Thompson. Other players of note to have worn the Evansville uniforms include Alan Ashby, Bert Blyleven, Del Crandall, Mark "The Bird" Fydrich, Jim Frey, Kirk Gibson, Howard Johnson, Gene Lamont, Johnny Logan, Felix Mantilla, Jerry Manuel, Jack Morris, Jim Nettles, Ed Nottle, Lance
Parrish, Darrell Porter, Chuck Tanner, and Gorman Thomas. In addition, current Major League Baseball managers Gene Lamont of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jerry Manuel of the Chicago White Sox spent time in the dugouts of Bosse Field. Prior to winning the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997, then manager Jim Leyland's last championship came as manager of the Evansville Triplets when they won the American Association crown in 1979. A number of other players spent part of their amateur careers at Bosse Field, including Don Mattingly and current major leagers Andy Benes, Alan Benes, and Sal Fasano.

Today Bosse Field houses many local high school baseball and amateur teams. It served as the home field for the University of Evansville Purple Aces until they moved to an on-campus facility prior to the 1999 season.. Along with American Legion and Colt baseball, over 200 baseball games are played
at Bosse Field each year. Significant renovations and upgrades have been made to this venerable park with the help of $200,000 raised by the "Friends of Bosse Field" over the past seven years.

In 1991, Bosse Field served as Columbia Pictures' primary location for filming "A League of Their Own," an Oscar nominated movie about a 1940's women's professional baseball league starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Madonna.

Bosse Field is the third oldest ballpark used for professional baseball on a regular basis in the country, surpassed only by Fenway Park (1912) in Boston and Wrigley Field (1914) in Chicago. After a ten year absence, professional baseball returned to Bosse Field with the Otters' taking the field June 15, 1995 against the Richmond Roosters--exactly eighty years after Bosse Field's first opening day.


Cameron Brown Park

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Capaha Park
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Christian Brothers University

Get Map to Christian Brothers University Central Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee

Cordova High School

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Cordova, Tennessee

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Evansville Central H.S.

Freed Hardeman

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Huntsville, TX

Jack Lavender Field

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Lindsey Nelson Stadium

Munford High School

Nashville, TN

Ridgeway High School

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Memphis, Tennessee 38119

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Riverside Park
Riverside Park is home to western Kentucky's newest semi-pro baseball team, the Tradewater Pirates. During its inaugural season the 1999 Pirates logged a 16-14 record in the Double I League and hosted a first round game of the U.S.B.C. World Series.   Players from as far away as Indianapolis, Indiana and Lexington, Kentucky spent the summer showcasing their talent and honing their skills for the upcoming college season.

Shelby Park

Smokey Harrington Park

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St. Benedict
2100 Germantown Parkway
Cordova, Tennessee


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Taylor Field
Built in 1940, Taylor Field has been the home of two minor league teams - the Judges and the Locomotives. The stadium has 2,000 covered seats and an additional 1,000 bleacher seats.

Get Map to Taylor Field Taylor Memorial Baseball Field
1201 East 16th Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

TBA

Tell City Park

thomasville
Thomasville, AL

Tobey Park

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Memphis, Tennessee 38112

Tupelo, MS

Union University

University of Southern Indiana

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USA Stadium
Once known as Millington's Legion Field, USA Stadium has established itself as one of the unique sports facilities in the country. It was originally built as a home for local American Legion players who might attract a college scout and a scholarship.   In 1986 this goal changed as the Stadium became the home for the USA Baseball.

From 1986 - 1996, Babe Howard's Stadium played host to the selection and training of the United States finest Amateur Baseball Team. The Olympic Team in 1988 went to Seoul, Korea and won the Gold Medal. The 1992 Olympic Team finished fourth in Barcelona, and the 1996 Team won the Bronze in Atlanta. In all, over 160 major leaguers trained and played in Millington.

Twelve National Championships have been decided at USA Stadium including Junior College, American Legion and AAU. Two more are slated for 2000.

Over 50 Major College coaches have coached in Millington including LSU's Skip Bertman, Miami's Ron Fraser, and Mississippi State's Ron Polk. Foreign teams have competed with the USA forty-four times in Millington, including the famous Cuban National Team six times.

1999 was a great year for USA Stadium, with many major events occuring. The Conference USA Championship, the Junior College World Series, the Universal Baseball Global Championship, the USA-Canada Series, and the 58-team AAU National Championship all made the 1999 season a memorable one.   The Service Academy Classic features the three major service academies, the University of Memphis, and other universities such as Notre Dame and Ohio State each year. Also, the USA Classic features some of the top high school programs in the nation.

The AABC and Babe Howard are committed to making more history and continuing the great tradition of baseball at USA Stadium.


Get Map to USA Stadium 4351 Babe Howard Blvd.
Millington, Tennessee 38053

Northeast Mississippi Community College

   
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