Falcon Park

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This page refers to the minor league baseball stadium in Auburn, New York. For the Corinth, Texas baseball venue, see Falcon Field (Corinth, Texas). For the Air Force Academy baseball venue, see Falcon Baseball Field.
Falcon Park
Location 130 Division Street
Auburn, New York 13021
Coordinates 42°56′30″N 76°35′07″W / 42.9416°N 76.585232°W / 42.9416; -76.585232Coordinates: 42°56′30″N 76°35′07″W / 42.9416°N 76.585232°W / 42.9416; -76.585232
Broke ground January 1995
Opened June 22, 1995
Owner City of Auburn
Operator Auburn Community Baseball
Surface Grass
Construction cost $3,145,000
($4.87 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Highland Associates[2]
Capacity 2,800
Field size Left Field: 330 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right Field: 330 feet
Tenants
Auburn Doubledays
(NYPL) (1995–present)

Falcon Park is a stadium in Auburn, New York. The stadium is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Auburn Doubledays minor league baseball team. The Auburn Maroons varsity baseball team also plays its home games at the stadium.

The current, rebuilt facility opened in 1995 and holds 2,800 people. As of 2004, the venue's full name is Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park.

Background[edit]

Falcon Park (2012)

Falcon Park was originally built in 1927 on the same site which currently houses the 1995 reconstructed facility. The stadium is called Falcon Park because it was built by a fraternal organization in Auburn called the Polish Falcons. The Polish Falcons owned the stadium until 1959, when the local minor league franchise purchased it. The City of Auburn purchased both the stadium and the franchise in 1981 by assuming the former team's unpaid debts.

Falcon Park was a typical old wooden grandstand-type facility from 1927 until 1995. The original park's demolition began seconds after the final out of the final game of the 1994 season, with a bulldozer crashing into the stadium by smashing through the center field fence. The scene was shown nationally on ESPN.

Permanent lights were first erected at Falcon Park in 1940, although some temporary construction lights were put in place in order to accommodate some night baseball in 1938. Before the stability of the present Auburn Doubledays franchise, professional minor league baseball was somewhat of a "come and go" proposition in Auburn. When the city had no team in 1957, the stadium was used as an auto racing speedway for children. The kids raced go-kart-type vehicles called microds on a one-tenth mile oval built on the ball diamond's infield. The races drew large crowds and the enterprise was featured in an article in Life Magazine. When the city had no team in 1981, the stadium was used for rock and roll concerts.

Teams[edit]

All of Auburn Community Baseball's entries in the New York-Penn League have played their home games at Falcon Park. Auburn's NY-P League team has operated under the following names:[3]

Notable players[edit]

Notable Major League Baseball players who played for Auburn in Falcon Park include:

Leo Pinckney Field[edit]

At the end of the 2004 NY-P season, the playing field at Falcon Park was named Leo Pinckney Field in honor of Auburn resident Leo Pinckney, who was instrumental in securing Auburn's New York-Penn league franchise in 1958. Pinckney was a former president of Auburn Community Baseball and a former president of the New York–Penn League, whose Pinckney Division is also named in Pinckney's honor.[4]

As a result, the full name of the facility is now Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park, although it is still mostly known by its original, shorter name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Valenti, Evan (September 7, 2012). "Pre-Game Meal – Playoffs Edition: Game 1-9/7/12". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Auburn, NY". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bulkot, Mary (September 3, 2004). "Auburn Honors 'King of Baseball'". The Citizen (Auburn). Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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