Ralph McKinzie Field
|Location||Stadium Drive, DeKalb, Illinois, USA|
|Owner||Northern Illinois University|
|Operator||Northern Illinois University|
|Field size||312 ft. (LF)
368 ft. (LCF)
395 ft. (CF)
368 ft. (RCF)
322 ft. (RF)
8 ft. (outfield fence)
|Opened||April 10, 1965|
|Renovated||1993, 1994, 2011|
|Northern Illinois Huskies baseball (NCAA DI MAC) (1965-present)|
Ralph McKinzie Field is a baseball venue in DeKalb, Illinois, United States. It is home to the Northern Illinois Huskies baseball team of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. The field is named for Ralph McKinzie, former head coach of the program. Built in 1965, it has a capacity of 1,500 spectators. McKinzie Field is also the name of the football field at Eureka College, where Coach Ralph "Mac" McKinzie, a 1923 graduate of Eureka College, coached before and after his career at Northern.
The field was constructed in 1965 and hosted its first game on April 10, 1965, in which Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois 13-1. Northern Illinois won its first game at the venue on April 30, 1965, defeating Central Michigan 10-5.
On May 8, 1993, the field was dedicated to Ralph McKinzie, who coached the program in 1945 and 1949-1956. McKinzie led the program to the 1950 and 1951 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.
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