Robin Roberts Stadium

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Robin Roberts Stadium at Lanphier Park
Former names Lanphier Park (1928–1976)
Location Springfield, Illinois
 United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 39°49′01″N 89°38′11″W / 39.817074°N 89.6364°W / 39.817074; -89.6364
Owner Springfield Park District
Operator Springfield Park District
Capacity 5,200
Field size Foul Lines: 320 ft.
Center Field: 415 ft.
Surface Natural grass
Opened 1928
Tenants
Springfield Senators (Three–I League)
Springfield Browns (Three–I League)
Springfield Redbirds (AA) (1978–1981)
Springfield Cardinals (ML) (1982–1993)
Springfield Sultans (ML) (1994–1995)
Springfield Capitals (FL) (1996–2001)
Springfield Sliders (CICL) (2008)
Springfield Sliders (PL) (2009–present)
Robert Morris–Springfield Eagles (USCAA)

Robin Roberts Stadium at Lanphier Park is a stadium in Springfield, Illinois.[1] It is primarily used for baseball. It originally opened in 1928 and was renovated in 1977. It holds 5,200 people. The stadium is named after Robin Roberts (1926–2010), a Hall-of-Fame pitcher and a graduate of Lanphier High School, was Springfield's most accomplished ballplayer.[2]

The field has been home to a number of minor league teams. The AAA American Association Springfield Redbirds played there from 1978 to 1981. Two affiliates in the Class-A Midwest League also called Lanphier home; the Springfield Cardinals and the Springfield Sultans, as well as an independent Frontier League team, the Springfield Capitals. Earlier teams who played intermittently at the stadium in its youth included the Class-B Springfield Senators and Springfield Browns, both of the Three-I League.

In December 2007 it was announced that baseball would return to Springfield, Illinois. The Springfield Sliders debuted in the CICL (Central Illinois Collegiate League) and won the league championship in their first season.[3] It would be the final CICL championship, as the league was disbanded and its teams (including the Sliders) are now a part of the Prospect League.

The stadium also sees considerable use hosting local school baseball teams including Robert Morris–Springfield Eagles and the Lanphier High School Lions, the latter of which neighbors the municipal athletic complex the stadium is situated upon.[4] The stadium is the former home of the Benedictine University at Springfield Bulldogs baseball team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robin Roberts Stadium". springfieldparks.org. Retrieved 2018-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Robin Roberts Stadium". sangamoncountyhistory.org. Retrieved 2018-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Illinois baseball: Changes for 2012". ballparkdigest.com. Retrieved 2018-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Lanphier Park showing its age, but funds lacking to upgrade". sj-r.com. Retrieved 2018-04-21. 
Preceded by
Branch Rickey Stadium
Home of the
Springfield Capitals

1996 – 2001
Succeeded by
Marinelli Field