Parkway Field

Parkway Field is the name of a minor league baseball and college baseball park that stood in Louisville, Kentucky. It was home to the Louisville Colonels of the American Association from 1923 into the mid-1950s, the Louisville Buckeyes of the Negro American League in 1949, and then of the University of Louisville team for several decades until they abandoned it in 1998 and moved to Cardinal Stadium. Prior to its demolition, Parkway Field had become a home run haven for U of L Head Coach Gene Baker's "Over the Wall Gang." The Cards led NCAA Division I in long balls in 1991 and 1992 while finishing runnerup in 1995. The 1991 squad featured six Cardinals who tallied at least 15 roundtrippers each, Richie Hawks, Rob Newman, Greg Gooding, Dan Kopriva, Charlie Allen, and Darren Oppel. The 1992 club also topped the nation in team batting average and team slugging percentage.


In the Louisville Courier-Journal of August 16, 1936, p.41, the dimensions were given as follows: home plate to left field 331 feet; center field 512 feet; right field 350 feet; backstop 60 feet. Later, signs were posted on the fences, stating left field 329, center 507, right 345. The Louisville Courier-Journal of June 10, 1944, p.13, reported that the ballpark had been re-surveyed, and that centerfield (whose wall had been moved inward a few years earlier) was "only" 485 feet from home plate; the foul line distances of 329 and 345 were confirmed.


The ballpark site is south of Eastern Parkway and west of Brook Street, near the university campus. The field itself remains, and is still used for intramural football and soccer at the university. The stadium seating has long since been demolished. In the early 2000s there were still some visible remnants of the ballfield, including the poorly kept diamond, backstop, dugouts and outfield walls. Those have since been removed, leaving just a chain-link fenced, rectangular football/soccer field.

See also


  • Ballparks of North America, by Michael Benson.

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Coordinates: 38°12′46″N 85°45′30″W / 38.212847°N 85.758347°W

1912 Louisville Cardinals football team

The 1912 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 1912 college football season. The Cardinals were led by head coach Lester Larson.

1925 Louisville Cardinals football team

The 1925 Louisville Cardinals football team was an American football team that represented the University of Louisville as an independent during the 1925 college football season. In its first season under head coach Tom King, the team compiled a perfect 8–0 record and shut out seven of eight opponents. The only points scored against the team were two points on a safety versus Marshall. The team played its home games at Parkway Field (three games) and Maxwell Field (one game) in Louisville, Kentucky.

1947 Louisville Cardinals football team

The 1947 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) during the 1947 college football season. In their second season under head coach Frank Camp, the Cardinals compiled a 7–0–1 record (2–0 against conference opponents), won the KIAC championship, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 193 to 63.

1949 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 1949 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami for the 1949 college football season. The Hurricanes played their home games at the Burdine Stadium in Miami, Florida. The team was coached by Andy Gustafson, in his second year as head coach for the Hurricanes.

1951 Louisville Cardinals football team

The 1951 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 1951 college football season. Future NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas was in his freshman year on the team.

1951 NC State Wolfpack football team

The 1951 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1951 college football season. The Wolfpack were led by eighth-year head coach Beattie Feathers and played their home games at Riddick Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. They competed as members of the Southern Conference, finishing with a conference record of 2–6, and a 3–7 record overall. Feathers was fired as head coach at the conclusion of the season. He had a record of 37–38–3 at NC State.

1956 Xavier Musketeers football team

The 1956 Xavier Musketeers football team was an American football team that represented Xavier University as an independent during the 1956 college football season. In its second and final season under head coach Harry W. Connelly, the team compiled a 7–3 record and outscored opponents by a total of 215 to 150. The team played its home games at Xavier Stadium in Cincinnati.

Big 30 All-Star Football Game

The Big 30 All-Star Football Game is a high school football all-star game held in the Twin Tiers region of Western New York and northern Pennsylvania. The game is held annually each August at Parkway Field on the campus of Bradford Area High School in Bradford, Pennsylvania and is broadcast live on radio station WESB.

Each team consists of 43 players from a 15 school-district area in each state (15+15 being the "30" indicated in the game's title). New York's team covers mostly Cattaraugus County, portions of Allegany County, and two small districts in southeastern Chautauqua County, while Pennsylvania's team covers a five-county area including Warren, McKean, Cameron, Potter and Elk Counties. This area roughly, though not exactly, corresponds to the coverage area of the Olean Times Herald, the major newspaper serving the region. The players are mostly high school graduates; some go on to play college football but many do not. Unlike most high school football games in New York and Pennsylvania, most games have full fifteen-minute quarters; the standard for most high school games is twelve minutes.Through 2015, there have been 42 contests. New York leads the series 22-18-2. The Empire State defeated the Keystone State by a 46-37 score in the 2010 game, but most recent matches had mostly been won by Pennsylvania, including a 27-0 shutout in 2008, a 13-6 win by the Keystone State in 2009, where Pennsylvania held New York to zero completed passes, and a 28-3 win in 2011 built primarily on two New York fumbles. The 2012 game was won by New York. New York won the 2015 contest by a margin of 44–8, a record for the event.The Big 30 Charities Classic expanded to men's and women's basketball contests in 2015, with the inaugural contests held on March 15, 2015. WGWE broadcast the games, which were held at the high school in Portville, New York.

From approximately 2003 to 2015, the football game was named the Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic after Don Raabe, one of the founders of the game. Disputes with Raabe's estate, trademark concerns and a decline in funds prompted the game organizers to remove his name from the game's title.

Cleveland Buckeyes

The Cleveland Buckeyes were a Negro league baseball team that played from 1942 to 1950 in the Negro American League. The Buckeyes played in two Negro World Series, defeating the Washington Homestead Grays in 1945, and losing to the New York Cubans in 1947. They were based in Cincinnati for their first season and Louisville for their second-to-last season.

Eclipse Park

Eclipse Park was the name of three successive baseball grounds in Louisville, Kentucky in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were the home of the Louisville baseball team first known as the Louisville Eclipse and later as the Louisville Colonels.

The unusual name for these ballparks derived from the original name of the Association club, the Eclipse. The more local name "Colonels" eventually won out. Nonetheless, "Eclipse" was among the early team names to be a singular word, despite "sounding like" a plural.

Semi-pro baseball had been played at the first Eclipse Park as early as 1874. The Louisville Eclipse played there from 1882 to 1884. The team was then renamed the Louisville Colonels and continued to play under that name from 1885 to 1893. The team was a member of the American Association until 1891 when it joined the National League when the American Association folded. The park was destroyed by fire on September 27, 1892. The 1893 season started in what was left of the park.

The original park was located at 28th and Elliott streets in west Louisville. The second Eclipse Park was built just south of the original. City directories given the location as 28th Street (east) and Broadway (north). The Louisville Colonels played there from early in the 1893 season until well into the 1899 season. This is the ground at which Hall of Famer Honus Wagner made his Major League debut on July 19, 1897.

The second Eclipse Park was destroyed by fire on August 12, 1899. The club was on a road trip at the time. They returned to a partially-rebuilt park ten days later, but the stands were inadequate and the club played the final month as a road team.

The fire contributed significantly to the once-strong Louisville club being contracted after the end of the season. Team owner Barney Dreyfuss moved on to acquire the Pittsburgh Pirates. Instead of being scattered to the wind, the best players from the Louisville team roster were brought onto the Pittsburgh payroll, including Wagner, third baseman Tommy Leach, outfielder-manager Fred Clarke, and ace right-hander Deacon Phillippe. This influx of talent soon turned the perennial cellar-dwelling Pirates into a three-peat pennant winner, and a participant in the first modern World Series.

After a one-year absence of professional ball, a Louisville Colonels entry in the Western Association opened at the remnants of the park in 1901. The club drew poorly and transferred to Grand Rapids, Michigan near the end of June.

The third and last Eclipse Park was built on a block bounded by 7th Street (east); Kentucky Street (south); 8th Street (west); and Florence Place (north) in the Limerick neighborhood of Louisville. This ballpark was built by George "White Wings" Tebeau as the home for the American Association minor league Louisville Colonels who played there from 1902 through 1922.

The final Eclipse Park had better luck than the first two, remaining in operation for more than twenty years, until it too was destroyed by fire, on November 21, 1922.

All three Eclipse Park locations had been destroyed by fire of various origins. The Louisville Courier-Journal covered each of these events in the days following. After the 1922 fire, the paper editorialized that wooden ballparks were obsolete and should be replaced by steel and concrete. The ball club followed that advice, opening Parkway Field the following spring.

Heckscher State Park

Heckscher State Park is a 1,657-acre (6.71 km2) state park on the shore of the Great South Bay at East Islip in Suffolk County, New York, USA.

List of baseball parks in Louisville, Kentucky

This is a list of venues used for professional baseball in Louisville, Kentucky. The information is a compilation of the information contained in the references listed.

Louisville Baseball Park

Occupant: Louisville Grays NL 1876–1877

Location: 4th Street (east, first base); Hill Street (south, third base); 6th Street (west, left field); Magnolia Avenue (north, right field)

Currently: St. James CourtEclipse Park (I)


semi-pro teams starting about 1874

Louisville Eclipse AA (1882–1892), NL (1992–early 1893)

Location: 28th Street (east); Elliott Street (south); 29th Street (west); Magazine Street (north)

Currently: Elliott Park, a public parkEclipse Park (II)


Louisville Colonels – NL (early 1893-1899)

Louisville Colonels – Western Association (1901 - partial season)

Location: 28th Street (east); Broadway (north) – just south of Eclipse Park (I)

Currently: Commercial buildingsEclipse Park (III)

Occupant: Louisville Colonels – American Association (1902–1922)

Location: 7th Street (east, right field); West Kentucky Street (south, first base); 8th Street (west, third base); Florence (now Garland) (north, left field)

Currently: ResidentialParkway Field


Louisville Colonels – AA (1923–1956)

University of Louisville

Location: Eastern Parkway (north, left field); Brook Street (east, right field); part of the University of Louisville campus

Currently: athletic fieldCardinal Stadium aka Fairgrounds Stadium


Louisville Colonels – AA (1957–1962)

Louisville Colonels – IL (1968–1972)

Louisville Redbirds/Riverbats – AA (1982–1998), IL (1999)

University of Louisville

Location: 937 Phillips Lane – Freedom Hall and Phillips Lane (south, home plate); Fairgrounds Road and I-65 (east, right/center field); Fairgrounds road and Crittenden Drive (west, left field) – part of Kentucky Exposition Center

Currently: awaiting demolitionLouisville Slugger Field

Occupant: Louisville Riverbats/Bats – IL (2000–present)

Location: 401 East Main Street – Main Street (south, home plate); Preston Street (west, left field); Witherspoon Street and I-64 (north, center field); parking lot and I-65 (east, right field)

Louisville (NFL)

Louisville, Kentucky had two professional American football teams in the National Football League: the Louisville Breckenridges (or Brecks for short) from 1921 to 1924 and the Louisville Colonels in 1926.

The NFL intended for the Brecks to be a traveling team, however the team played a series of "home" games. All Brecks home games were played at Eclipse Park, until the stadium caught fire and burned to the ground on November 20, 1922. Meanwhile, the Colonels played all of their games on the road. While the Colonels were really a traveling team out of Chicago they are usually accepted as a continuation of the Brecks franchise.

Louisville Cardinals baseball

The Louisville Cardinals baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of the University of Louisville, located in Louisville, Kentucky. The program was a member of the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference for the 2014 season and joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in July 2014. The Cardinals have played at Jim Patterson Stadium since the venue opened during the 2005 season. Dan McDonnell has been the program's head coach since the start of the 2007 season. As of the end of the 2017 season, the program has appeared in thirteen NCAA Tournaments and five College World Series. In conference postseason play, it has won two Big East Conference Baseball Tournaments. In regular season play, it has won two Metro Conference titles, four Big East Conference titles, one American Athletic Conference title, and four Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Louisville also set the ACC record for most conference wins in a season with 25 on May 16, 2015.As of the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, eight former Cardinals have appeared in Major League Baseball. Seven former Cardinals have appeared in MLB games during the 2016 season: Adam Duvall, Cody Ege, Chad Green, Dean Kiekhefer, Matt Koch, Justin Marks and Tony Zych.

Louisville Tanks

The Louisville Tanks were a minor league professional American football team that existed from 1935 to 1940. The team formed in the wake of the dissolution of the Louisville Bourbons of the short-lived American Football League of 1934. Organized and owned by American Standard, Inc., the team was coached by AS plant manager H.M. "Harry" Reed; its name and colors (green and gold) come from one of the products sold by American Standard. The Tanks played their home games at Parkway Field in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

A charter member of the Midwest Football League (which evolved into the American Football League of 1938), the Tanks' first four seasons ended with league championships. In 1939, after the AFL added the Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Bulldogs (both formerly of the second major American Football League), and the Columbus Bullies (an independent team), the Tanks had the only losing season in their existence (1939), finishing in last place in the newly renamed American Professional Football Association.The APFA announced its intention to become a major league in early 1940 and added a team from Milwaukee, but its ambitious plans crumbled in July, when Cincinnati, Columbus, and the new Milwaukee team defected to a new major American Football League. The APFA was mortally wounded as Louisville and the Dayton Bombers announced that they would not field teams for the 1940 season. The Tanks, the Bombers, and the APFA did not return to the field.

Metro Conference Baseball Tournament

The Metro Conference Baseball Tournament was the conference baseball championship of the NCAA Division I Metro Conference from 1976 through 1995. The winner of the tournament received an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

Pleasantville, New York

Pleasantville is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County, New York. It is located 30 miles north of Manhattan. The village population was 7,019 at the 2010 census. Pleasantville is home to a campus of Pace University and to the Jacob Burns Film Center. It was the original home of Reader's Digest, which still uses a Pleasantville postal address. Most of Pleasantville is served by the Pleasantville Union Free School District, with small parts of northern Pleasantville served by the Chappaqua Central School District. The village is also home to the Bedford Road School, Pleasantville Middle School, and Pleasantville High School.

The current mayor of Pleasantville is Peter Scherer, who has held the seat since 2009.

Pleasantville Music Festival

The Pleasantville Music Festival is a single-day music festival which takes place annually at Parkway Field in Pleasantville, New York. Some of the many acts that have performed at the Pleasantville Music Festival are: Blues Traveler Living Colour, Suzanne Vega, Guster, KT Tunstall, The Revivalists, The Smithereens, Gin Blossoms, G Love & Special Sauce, Fastball, Jakob Dylan, Joan Osborne, Marc Cohn, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the English Beat, and Roger McGuinn. These major acts perform alongside up and coming national acts and small local bands from around the tri-state area.

Sports in Louisville, Kentucky

Sports in Louisville, Kentucky include amateur and professional sports in baseball, football, horse racing, horse shows, ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse. The city of Louisville and the Louisville metropolitan area have a sporting history from the mid-19th century to the present day.

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