The facility is named for former Valparaiso baseball coach Emory G. Bauer. In 28 season as head baseball coach, Bauer compiled a record of 361-245-2 (.595). He coached the Crusaders to 11 NCAA tournament appearances. Between 1946 and 1981, Bauer also served as Valparaiso's football coach, basketball coach, golf coach, physical education department chair, and athletic director.
Renovations beginning in 2001 made several improvement to the facility. A clubhouse, locker rooms, and indoor training facility were added adjacent to a new home dugout. In 2008, a new sound system and outfield fence were added, and the press box was renovated.