Luther Williams Field
|Luther Williams Field|
|Location||Central City Park
|Owner||City of Macon|
|Operator||City of Macon|
Left Field: 338 ft (103.0224 m)
Macon Pinetoppers (2010)
Williams, Luther, Field
|Location||225 Willie Smokey Glover Blvd., Central City Park, Macon, Georgia|
|NRHP Reference #||04000627|
|Added to NRHP||June 24, 2004|
Luther Williams Field is a baseball stadium in Macon, Georgia. It was built in 1929, and is the centerpiece of Central City Park in Macon. Today, it is the second-oldest minor league stadium in the country. The original covered grandstand is still in place, though a new tin roof has replaced the former wooden one. A black iron gate surrounds the field, the front of which says "Macon Base Ball Park."
Luther Williams Field was home to the Macon Peaches (of the South Atlantic Association, South Atlantic League, and Southern League) on and off from 1929 to the 1980s, and another team by the same name from the Southeastern League in 2003. The Macon Dodgers of the South Atlantic League played at the stadium from 1956 to 1960; the Macon Redbirds in 1983; the Macon Pirates from 1984 to 1987; and the Macon Braves from 1991 to 2002. In 2007, the new South Coast League located its Macon Music franchise at Luther Williams. The team was managed by former major league player Phil Plantier. The General Manager was Ric Sisler, grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer George Sisler.
Luther Williams Field was used for location shooting in the 1976 film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings. Luther Williams Field stood in for a fictional Negro League ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri.
Luther Williams Field was also used as a location in 2012 for two motion pictures, the Harrison Ford movie "42" chronicling the baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Clint Eastwood's "Trouble with the Curve".
Numerous Major League stars have played at Luther Williams, whether on their way up the minor league system or as part of Major League teams' occasional stopovers to play their farm teams. Some notable players include:
- Pete Rose (1962 Peaches), MLB all-time hit leader
- Tony Pérez (1963 Peaches), Baseball Hall of Famer
- Vince Coleman (1983 Redbirds), set all-time professional baseball record of 145 stolen bases (since surpassed by Billy Hamilton)
- Chipper Jones (1991 Braves), 1999 National League Most Valuable Player
- Jermaine Dye (1994 Braves), 2005 World Series Most Valuable Player
- Andruw Jones (1995 Braves), nine-time Gold Glove Award winner
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