Kelly Automotive Park

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Kelly Automotive Park
Pullman Park3.JPG
Former names Pullman Park
Location Butler, Pennsylvania
Opened 1934 reopened 2008
Closed 2005-2007 (rebuilding)
Owner Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler
Operator Kelly Automotive Park Stadium Authority
Surface Natural and artificial turf
Construction cost $5,000,000 (2008 rebuilding)
Architect Ligo Architects (2008 rebuilding)
Capacity 1,400
Field size Left Field – 347 feet (106 m)
Left-Center – 385 feet (117 m)
Deep Left-Center Field – 425 feet (130 m)
Center Field – 424 feet (129 m)
Right-Center – 352 feet (107 m)
Right Field – 325 feet (99 m)
Tenants
Butler High School
Karns City High School
Knoch High School
Moniteau High School
Butler Indians (Cleveland Indians) (1935)
Butler Yankees (New York Yankees) (1936-1946)
Butler Tigers (Detroit Tigers) (1949-1950)
Butler Pirates (Pittsburgh Pirates) (1951)
Butler BlueSox (PL) (2009-present)

Kelly Automotive Park (formerly Pullman Park) is a baseball stadium located in Butler, Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1934, and rebuilt in 2008, the ballpark hosted minor league teams that were affiliated with the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today, the ballpark hosts the baseball teams of Karns City High School, Knoch High School, Moniteau High School, as well as Butler High School. The largest tenant at KAP is the Prospect League's Butler BlueSox.

History[edit]

Pullman Park in 2006

1934–2004[edit]

Kelly Automotive Park opened as Pullman Park in 1934. It hosted minor league baseball from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Notable players such as Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, and Whitey Ford played at the stadium while the Yankees farm team (Butler Yankees) was in Butler. Joe Namath, Terry Hanratty, and Rich Saul also played at Pullman during their high school years. The ballpark itself was named after the Pullman-Standard Company's railroad car manufacturing facility which sat adjacent to the ballpark from 1902-2005.[1]

2005–2008 Renovation[edit]

Pullman Park in March 2008

The ballpark closed after the 2004 baseball season, and sat vacant for two years while necessary funds were raised to rebuild it. Construction began in the fall of 2007, and work was completed in June 2008.[2]

The New Pullman Park[edit]

On July 2, 2008, Pullman Park hosted a boxing match, televised on ESPN2. Butler native, Brian Minto knocked out John Poore 2:23 in the first round of the main fight. The match was the first major event to be hosted at the ballpark after the restoration and the first nationally televised event in Butler.

The following summer saw Pullman Park get its first major full-time baseball tenant in almost 60 years, the Prospect League's Butler BlueSox. The BlueSox went 28(W)-26(L) during their inaugural season at the ballpark. To date, the BlueSox have played five full seasons at the stadium. Pullman hosted the USCAA's Small College World Series on May 6–9, 2013, and the Prospect League All-Star Game on July 17, 2013.

Kelly Automotive Park renaming[edit]

In January 2014 the naming rights of Pullman Park were sold to Kelly Automotive,[3] a local car dealership owned by U.S. Rep Mike Kelly.[3]

References[edit]

  • An Historical Gazetteer of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Mechling Bookbindery., 2006, ISBN 978-0-9760563-9-3.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An Historical Gazetteer of Butler County, Pennsylvania, pp. 263.
  2. ^ [1], Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2006-08-21. Accessed 2008-03-03.
  3. ^ [2], Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2013-12-21. Accessed 2014-01-14.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°51′35″N 79°54′21″W / 40.859598°N 79.905967°W / 40.859598; -79.905967