Terry Park Ballfield

The Terry Park Ballfield (also known as the Park T. Pigott Memorial Stadium) is a historic site in Fort Myers, Florida, United States. The park is named after the family who donated the land in the 1920s. For years the stadium has hosted Major League Baseball spring training, as well as a dozen years of Florida State League baseball. The stadium has hosted the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Kansas City Royals spring training through the years. Terry Park was also home to some early minor league baseball, most notably the Fort Myers Palms and Fort Myers Royals, both belonging to the Florida State League.[3] Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Roberto Clemente, Jimmy Foxx, Bob Feller, Tris Speaker, and George Brett are some of the notable players that have played at Terry Park Field.

Terry Park Ballfield
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Former namesPark T. Pigott Memorial Stadium
Location3410 Palm Beach Boulevard Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Coordinates26°39′26″N 81°50′31″W / 26.65709°N 81.84199°W
OperatorLee County
Capacity600 (1925–1955)
3,000 (1955–2004)
900 (2004–present)
Field sizeCenter Field – 425 ft (130 m)[1][2]
SurfaceGrass
Turf During the Royals Tenure
Construction
Broke ground1921
Opened1925
Renovated1955 (Rebuilt)
Demolished1943 by Fire
2004 by Hurricane
Construction costUS$ 2,100,000
(2010 Renovation Cost)
Main contractorsChris-Tel Construction
(2010 Renovation)
Tenants
MLB Spring training:
Kansas City Royals (AL) (1969-87)
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) (1955–1968)
Cleveland Indians (AL) (1941-42)
Philadelphia Athletics (AL) (1925-36)
Minor League:
Fort Myers Sun Sox (SPBA) (1989-90)
Fort Myers Royals (FSL) (1978-87)
Fort Myers Palms (FSL)
(1926)
NCAA
Florida Gulf Coast University (2003)
Terry Park Ballfield
Terry Park Ballfield is located in Florida
Terry Park Ballfield
Terry Park Ballfield is located in the United States
Terry Park Ballfield
Coordinates26°39′26″N 81°50′31″W / 26.65709°N 81.84199°WCoordinates: 26°39′26″N 81°50′31″W / 26.65709°N 81.84199°W
MPSLee County Multiple Property Submission
NRHP reference #95000730

History

In 1921 the local Fort Myers Terry Family donated approximately 25 acres (100,000 m2) of cow pasture to Lee County. Amidst nothing but bulls and heifers, a small wooden grandstand seating no more than 600 fans was erected on the site about a mile east of downtown Fort Myers. The stadium was built as a spring training ballpark for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in 1925. The park was the spring training home of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1925 until 1936, and the Cleveland Indians from 1941 until 1942. It was also the home of the minor league Fort Myers Palms in 1926. The stadium remained in its 1925 condition until 1943, when it was destroyed in a fire. However, in 1955 the park was rebuilt. This time, instead of wood, the stadium was made from steel and concrete.

Pittsburgh Pirates era

The rebuilt Terry Park created an alliance between Fort Myers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. For years the Pirates wandered all over the country for a spring training location and were looking for a permanent spring training home. During a 12-year period the Pirates spent spring training in seven different locations: McCulloch Park in Muncie, Indiana; Flamingo Park in Miami Beach, Gilmore Field in Hollywood, California; Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino; Gran Stadium in Havana, Cuba; and Jaycee Park in Fort Pierce. Terry Park became their spring training home for the next 14 years, before moving to Bradenton's McKechnie Field in 1969.

Kansas City Royals era

In 1968 the Kansas City Athletics moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Oakland, California. This allowed for Kansas City to receive a Major League expansion team. They received their team which was called the Kansas City Royals. Terry Field became the new spring training home for the team. The team's historic first exhibition game was played at Terry Field. The Royals would remain in Fort Myers until 1987. During the Kansas City Royals years, the field featured artificial turf, similar to that of Royals Stadium. However several years after the Royals left for Baseball City, the turf left as well.

In 1988 the Royals left Fort Myers for Haines City. The City open offered the team a new stadium and opened up a theme park called Boardwalk and Baseball that was centered on a baseball theme. The main attraction was going to be the Kansas City Royals spring training home. However the deal later proved to be a bust and by 2002 the park was abandoned and later demolished.

Fort Myers Royals

In 1978 the Kansas City Royals brought a minor league affiliate to Fort Myers, the team was called the Fort Myers Royals and they were a Single A Florida State League franchise. The team played at Terry Field from 1978 until 1987. In 1985 the Royals won the Florida League Championship. Kevin Seitzer and Bret Saberhagen were members of the Fort Myers team and began their professional careers at Terry Park.

End of professional baseball

After the Royals left Fort Myers, a new spring training team was never fielded at the stadium. Two new stadiums were built in Fort Myers, Hammond Stadium was built for the Minnesota Twins and City of Palms Park was built for the Boston Red Sox. The last professional baseball team to call Terry Park home was the Fort Myers Sun Sox of the short lived Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989 and 1990. The league featured former MLB stars and was played during the winter months. The league folded in 1990. All SPBA playoff games were held at Terry Park, since the league's playoffs occurred during spring training.

National Register of Historic Places

The park pretty much still remained in its 1955 condition. On May 11, 1995 the ball field was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The memorial stadium was dedicated to area resident, Park T. Pigott (1914–1972), in recognition of his lifetime of service, through sports, to the youth of this community. For the 2003 season Terry Park was used by the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast University while their new ballpark is being built at their Fort Myers campus.

Hurricane damage

In 2004, the stadium was hit by Hurricane Charley. The damage from the storm caused the grandstand to be labeled "unsafe". Later in the year, The Board of Lee County Commissioners approved a guaranteed maximum price of $701,697 for Compass Construction to tear down the old grandstand and build a new one. But instead of rebuilding the historic 5,000 seat grandstand, the city replaced it with a small 700 seat structure. This was despite the fact that the park was given an official historic marker in 1995. Technically once a grandstand is demolished, the basepark loses all of its historic significance, regardless of whether it is the same field. Only the old girders have been retained as the outline for a new grandstand that opened in 2005. So what stands at Terry Park now bears little resemblance to the Spring training location it once was. While the new grandstand is covered, it is much smaller and made of metal. Many residents feel that it was unfortunate that the county decided not to try to save the classic grandstand. 2006 marked the centennial anniversary of Terry Park – at least the playing field portion of it. The new stadium currently seats about 900 people, as the additional bleachers down the foul lines have been removed. A spring training museum is also being considered for the park.[4]

Today

Today, over 160 college baseball teams from around the country use Terry Park in the month of March to begin their college season. The park is currently part of a multi-diamond facility serving various amateur levels of baseball. The facility now sees year-round amateur baseball use. This property is part of the Lee County Multiple Property Submission, a Multiple Property Submission to the National Register. Terry Park is used year-round for baseball leagues, tournaments and special events. The facility has four lighted fields with spectator seating including a covered grandstand on the main field. The park is also equipped with batting cages near each field. Terry Park is currently being remodeled with new restrooms, concession area, press box and seating areas. The work will be done in phases to allow the park to operate as close to normal as possible.

Preceded by
None
Kansas City Royals Spring Training Stadium
Terry Field

1969 – 1987
Succeeded by
Baseball City Stadium
1988–2002
Preceded by
Jaycee Park
1954
Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Stadium
Terry Field

1955 – 1968
Succeeded by
McKechnie Field
1969-Present

References

  1. ^ Hernon, Jack. "Ward's Pinch Homer Wins for Pirates; Two Mates Aboard When Blow Struck; Ronnie Kline Gets Victory; Groat, Clemente Rap Three Hits". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 24, 1955. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pirate Slugging Downs Mets, 7-5; Clemente, Mazeroski and Stargell Hit Home Runs". The New York Times. March 25, 1966. Retrieved March 11, 2019 via Proquest. "Clemente's drive off Darrell Sutherland cleared the center-field wall, about 30 feet high, 425 feet from home plate."
  3. ^ "Terry Park". archive.org. 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Merzbach, Brian. "Terry Park - Fort Myers, Florida". www.ballparkreviews.com.

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The Big Three was a trio of Major League Baseball starting pitchers for the Oakland Athletics from 2000-2004. The Big Three consisted of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito. Each pitcher in the Big Three was drafted by the Athletics and they played their first couple of years together with the Athletics before splitting up. The Big Three helped the Athletics win three AL West Division titles during their five years together.

City of Palms Park

City of Palms Park is a baseball stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. It served as the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox from its opening in 1993 to 2011. The stadium was built in 1992 for that purpose and holds 8,000 people. It was also the home of the Red Sox Rookie team, the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, from June through August. The stadium's name is taken from the city's official nickname. The City of Fort Myers occasionally uses the venue for concerts.

A crew of six is on hand during spring training to groom the Ballfields/Common grounds. Since Lee County Parks and Recreation has taken this facility over from the City of Fort Myers in 2003, the Grounds Crew has won the Ground Crew of the year award for the Red Sox Gulf Coast League in 2005 and 2007.

City of Palms Park is one of four spring training facilities in Fort Myers. The Minnesota Twins train in Hammond Stadium on the Southern end of Fort Myers. Terry Park Ballfield (also known as the Park T. Pigott Memorial Stadium) in East Fort Myers is not in use, however, it is the former home of the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals. In February 2012, the Boston Red Sox moved their spring training operations into the newly constructed jetBlue Park at Fenway South located on County Road 876 (Daniels Parkway) in Fort Myers. It is also located close to Southwest Florida International Airport.

Fort Myers Miracle

The Fort Myers Miracle is the Class A Advanced Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball club, based in Fort Myers, Florida. Home games are played at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Hammond Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,500, and opened in 1991. The park is also used as the Minnesota Twins' spring training facility. Prior to Twins Spring training and the 2014 Florida State League season, Phase I of a two-part renovation was completed with the addition of an outfield boardwalk. The second phase of the renovation, which includes new sky suites, concessions, wider concourses and new offices for the Miracle staff, was completed before Spring training in 2015. Due to the start of construction on Phase II in August 2014, the Miracle played the final 10 home dates, including playoffs, at JetBlue Park.

The majority owner is Kaufy Baseball, LLC, a privately held company managed by Andrew Kaufmann, who purchased a controlling interest in the club from Jason Hochberg of SJS Beacon Baseball, LLC in January 2019. Musician Jimmy Buffett and actor Bill Murray were minority owners of the team.

Fort Myers Royals

The Fort Myers Royals were a minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals from 1978-1987. In 1978 the Royals were brought to Fort Myers, Florida by the Kansas City franchise. This was because Fort Myers served as the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals were a Single A Florida State League franchise. The team played at Terry Park Ballfield from 1978 until 1987. In 1985 the Royals won the Florida State League Championship. Kevin Seitzer and Bret Saberhagen were members of that Fort Myers Royals team. The Minor League franchise left Fort Myers in 1988 when the Major League Baseball franchise moved Spring Training to Haines City, Florida and Baseball City Stadium.

Hammond Stadium

Hammond Stadium is a baseball field located in the CenturyLink Sports Complex in South Fort Myers, Florida, United States. The stadium was built in 1991, and underwent major renovations in 2014 and 2015.

The spring training home of the Minnesota Twins saw its seating capacity increased from 7,500 to 9,300 in the spring of 2015. Class A Advanced affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle, of the Florida State League finished out their 2014 season and FSL championship at JetBlue Park (Spring home of the Boston Red Sox, also in Fort Myers) in order to get the renovations done in time for catchers & pitchers to report in 2015. The renovations will also increase the amount of walkable area, provide more shaded areas for sunny games and an expanded gift shop, among other amenities for fans and players.

The Twins' Rookie League affiliate, the Gulf Coast League Twins also play in the CenturyLink Sports Complex, however, not usually at Hammond Stadium, but rather at the fields within the surrounding complex.

The stadium is named in honor of retired Lee County Deputy Administrator William H. Hammond, Jr., who was instrumental in getting the Lee County Sports Complex (the name it was given prior to its renovations) built to draw the Twins from their previous Spring home, Orlando. Hammond Stadium's outer facade was designed with Churchill Downs in mind. The parking rows all feature streets signs named to honor former Twins greats—including Bert Blyleven, Kirby Puckett & Kent Hrbek. There is also a waterfall fountain near the stadium's entrance.

The Twins won the World Series following their first spring training in Hammond Stadium. Their agreement with Lee County for use of the complex runs through 2012. The Florida State League held the 48th annual Florida State League All-Star Game at Hammond Stadium in June 2009. The previous time the league held their mid-summer classic in Fort Myers was 2003.

Hammond Stadium & JetBlue Park are two of four spring training facilities in Fort Myers. City of Palms Park and Terry Park Ballfield (also known as the Park T. Pigott Memorial Stadium) in East Fort Myers are currently not in use. City of Palms Park is the former spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, and Terry Park Ballfield is the former home of the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.

Lee County, Florida

Lee County is located in southwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. As of the 2010 census, the population was 618,754. The county seat is Fort Myers (with a 2018 estimated population of 82,254), and the largest city is Cape Coral with an estimated 2018 population of 189,343.

Lee County comprises the Cape Coral–Fort Myers, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Lee County was created in 1887 from Monroe County. Today, Fort Myers is the center of a popular tourist area in Southwest Florida and the seat of Lee County. It is about 120 miles (190 km) south of Tampa at the meeting point of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River. Currently, Lee County is the spring home of the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins MLB teams for spring training.

Lee County Multiple Property Submission

The following buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Lee County Multiple Property Submission (or MPS).

List of Major League Baseball spring training ballparks

The following is a list of current and former Major League Baseball spring training ballparks.

McGregor Boulevard

State Road 867 (SR 867) and County Road 867 (CR 867) together create a 14.6-mile (23.5 km) long road known as McGregor Boulevard in Lee County, Florida, paralleling the Caloosahatchee River between Punta Rassa and Fort Myers. The entire road was formerly state-maintained.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Lee County, Florida

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Lee County, Florida.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Lee County, Florida, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a map.There are 57 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted July 18, 2019.

Oakland Athletics

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One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the team was founded in Philadelphia in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics. They won three World Series championships from 1910 to 1913 and back-to-back titles in 1929 and 1930. The team's owner and manager for its first 50 years was Connie Mack and Hall of Fame players included Chief Bender, Frank "Home Run" Baker, Jimmie Foxx, and Lefty Grove. The team left Philadelphia for Kansas City in 1955 and became the Kansas City Athletics before moving to Oakland in 1968. They won three consecutive World Championships between 1972 and 1974, led by players including Vida Blue, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, ace reliever Rollie Fingers, and colorful owner Charlie O. Finley. After being sold by Finley to Walter A. Haas Jr., the team won three consecutive pennants and the 1989 World Series behind the "Bash Brothers", Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, as well as Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson and manager Tony La Russa.

From 1901 to 2018, the Athletics' overall win–loss record is 8,931–9,387 (.488).

Terry House

Terry House may refer to:

William L. Terry House, Little Rock, Arkansas, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in Pulaski County

Pike–Fletcher–Terry House, Little Rock, Arkansas, NRHP-listed in Pulaski County

Terry-Hayden House, Bristol, Connecticut, NRHP-listed in Hartford County

Isham-Terry House, Hartford, Connecticut, NRHP-listed in Hartford County

Terry House (Rochester Hills, Michigan), one of Michigan State Historic Sites in Oakland County

Terry-Ketcham Inn, Center Moriches, New York, NRHP-listed in Suffolk County

Terry-Mulford House, Orient, New York, NRHP-listed in Suffolk County

A. P. Terry House, Pittsboro, North Carolina, NRHP-listed in Chatham County

Terry House (Poteau, Oklahoma), NRHP-listed in Oklahoma County

Carter–Terry–Call House, Orem, Utah, NRHP-listed in Utah County

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