Alex Box Stadium
|Former names||LSU Diamond or LSU Varsity Baseball Field (1938–1943)|
|Location||Skip Bertman Drive|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
|Owner||Louisiana State University|
|Operator||LSU Athletics Department|
|Field size||Foul Lines: 330 ft.|
Power Alleys: 365 ft.
Center Field: 405 ft.
Outfield Fence Height: 10 ft.
Center Field Fence Height: 15 ft.
|Opened||March 12, 1938|
|Louisiana State University baseball (NCAA) (1938–2008)|
New York Giants (NL) (spring training) (1938–1939)
Alex Box Stadium, pronounced Alec Box Stadium, was a baseball stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. It was the home field of the LSU Tigers baseball team. The stadium was located across the street from Tiger Stadium, which is visible in right field. It was most notable for The Intimidator, a large billboard behind the right-field fence featuring the five years in which LSU won the College World Series.
The stadium opened in 1938 and closed in 2008. It was replaced with a new stadium 200 yards to the south named Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Both structures were named for Simeon Alex Box, an LSU letterman (1942) who was killed in North Africa during World War II. The stadium was called LSU Diamond or LSU Varsity Baseball Field when it first opened.
The New York Giants held spring training at the ballpark in 1938 and 1939. The Giants played the first baseball game at the park, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5. The first LSU game was March 21, 1938. LSU led Minnesota, 4–2, after three innings when the game was halted due to rain. The first official LSU Game at the stadium was March 24, 1938, when Minnesota defeated LSU, 6–5.
At the time, it appeared this would be the last series ever at Alex Box Stadium; however, LSU was selected to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament (which it won), and subsequently hosted a Super Regional as the #7 national seed.
It appeared that Alex Box stadium would close on a sour note for the Tigers, as LSU dropped Game 1 to UC Irvine 11–5, and in Game 2, LSU was three outs away from elimination, trailing 7–4 in the ninth inning. However, UC Irvine was unable to close out the LSU Tigers and LSU came from behind to win the game 9–7.
The stadium was thus given one final chance to close on a high note, which it did in Game 3 of the Super Regional played on June 9, 2008, as LSU defeated UC Irvine 21–7. As a result of the victory, LSU won the Baton Rouge Super Regional two games to one and advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. In the final play at the stadium, Tyler Hoechlin hit a grounder to pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, who threw to first baseman Buzzy Haydel for the final out.
The stadium has been dismantled and sold to fans.
NCAA Regional Tournaments (18): 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
NCAA Super Regional Series (4): 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008
SEC Tournaments (4): 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993
ABCA Hall of Fame Tournament (1): 1991
LSU record in Alex Box Stadium (1984–2008)
- 2theadvocate.com | LSU Baseball Blog | Alex? Alec? or Elec? — Baton Rouge, Louisiana Archived July 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- LSU Baseball Facilities – LSUsports.net – The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
- Storylines Aplenty as Baseball Plays Final Series at Alex Box – LSUsports.net—The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
- Baseball Earns No. 7 National Seed, Faces TSU – LSUsports.net—The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
- LSU beats UC Irvine 9–7 to stay alive – USATODAY.com
- Some "lasts" at Alex Box Stadium
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