Bosse Field

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Bosse Field
Bosse Field Lights.jpg
Location 23 Don Mattingly Way
Evansville, Indiana 47711
Owner Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Operator Evansville Otters
Capacity 5,181
Field size Left field - 315 ft
Center field - 415 ft
Right field - 315 ft
Surface Bermuda Grass
Construction
Opened June 17, 1915
Construction cost $65,000
Tenants
Evansville Otters (Frontier League) (1995-present)
American Association (1970-1984)
Southern League (1966-1968)
Three-I League (1919-1931) (1938-1942) (1946-1957)
National Football League (1921-1922)
Central League (1914-1917)

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]

History[edit]

Bosse Field opened on June 17, 1915. It was named in honor of Benjamin Bosse, mayor of Evansville from 1914 to 1922, who bought Garvin Park and helped to build the stadium. A holiday was declared in honor of the opening of the stadium. A band marched from Sunset Park to the new stadium.

Ten baseball teams other than the Otters have played at Bosse Field. Some of the most famous are the Evansville Triplets (1970–84), Evansville Braves (1946–57), Evas/Pocketeers/Hubs (1919–1931) and the Evansville River Rats (1914–15). The River Rats had played in Evansville previously from (1903–1910) and (1901–1902). The Triplets won the American Association titles in 1972, 1975, and 1979. The River Rats won the Central League title in 1908 and 1915. The Braves won the Three-I League title in 1946, 1948, 1956, and 1957.[3]

From 1921 to 1922, Bosse Field was used as a football stadium and was home to the Evansville Crimson Giants of the NFL.

Baseball Hall of Fame members Hank Greenberg, Chuck Klein, Edd Roush, Warren Spahn, and Sam Thompson played at Bosse Field during their careers. There have been over 20 Major League Baseball players from Evansville and dozens of Minor Leaguers.

Former/current professional teams[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Sports in Evansville.

Former/current professional teams who have called Bosse Field home, have won a combined 9 league titles.

Team Sport League Played Class Affiliation Championships
Evansville River Rats Baseball Central League 1914–1915 B Central League Title 1915
Evansville Evas Baseball Central League 1916–1917 B None
Evansville Black Sox Baseball Three-I League 1919 B None
Evansville Evas Baseball Three-I League 1920–1923 B None
Evansville Crimson Giants Football National Football League 1921–1922 Major Professional None
Evansville Little Evas Baseball Three-I League 1924 B None
Evansville Pocketeers Baseball Three-I League 1925 B None
Evansville Hubs Baseball Three-I League 1926–1931 B None
Evansville Bees Baseball Three-I League 1938–1942 B Boston Bees, 1938-1940
Boston Braves, 1940–1942
None
Evansville Braves Baseball Three-I League 1946–1957 B Boston Braves, 1946-1953
Milwaukee Braves, 1953–1957
Three-I League Title 1946, 1948, 1956, 1957
Evansville White Sox Baseball Southern League 1966–1968 AA Chicago White Sox None
Evansville Triplets Baseball American Association 1970–1984 AAA Minnesota Twins, 1970
Milwaukee Brewers, 1971-1973
Detroit Tigers, 1974–1984
American Association Title 1972, 1975, 1979
Evansville Otters Baseball Frontier League 1995–Present Indp Frontier League Title 2006

Concerts[edit]

  • July 2, 1972: Freedom Festival and Ice Cream Social with Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Edgar Winter, Dr. John 'The Night Tripper', Cactus, Black Oak Arkansas, Spirit, Country Joe & The Fish, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and New Riders of the Purple Sage[4][5][6]
  • August 20, 1974: Allman Brothers Band, Elvin Bishop, REO Speedwagon[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frontier League History". Frontier Professional Baseball. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ "A League of Their Own". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Bosse Field Facts". Evansville Otters. Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Rock concert could draw 25,000". Evansville Press. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  5. ^ "The San Francisco Sound". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  6. ^ "A Timeline". Country Joe's Place. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Allman Brothers, Bishop coming". Evansville Press. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Classic Rock Concerts". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Set Lists". Allman Brothers Band. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Falconi Field
Host of the FL All-Star Game
Bosse Field

2006
Succeeded by
Champion Window Field

Coordinates: 37°59′34″N 87°33′44″W / 37.99278°N 87.56222°W / 37.99278; -87.56222