Tim McCarver Stadium

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Tim McCarver Stadium
Location Memphis, TN 38103
Coordinates 35°07′25″N 89°58′48″W / 35.12361°N 89.98000°W / 35.12361; -89.98000Coordinates: 35°07′25″N 89°58′48″W / 35.12361°N 89.98000°W / 35.12361; -89.98000
Capacity 8,800
Surface AstroTurf (infield)
Grass (outfield)
Construction
Opened 1963
Closed 2000
Demolished 2005
Tenants
Memphis Blues (TL) (1968-1976)
Memphis Chicks (SL) (1978-1997)
Memphis Redbirds (PCL) (1998-1999)

Tim McCarver Stadium was a stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. It was primarily used for baseball and was the home of the Memphis Blues (1968–1976), the Memphis Chicks (1978–1997), and the Memphis Redbirds (1998–1999).

The ballpark had a capacity of 8,800 people and opened in 1963 as an American Legion field, dubbed Fairgrounds #3 due to its location at the former Mid-South Fairgrounds. Memphis Memorial Stadium, now Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, was constructed adjacent to it two years later. It was first used for professional baseball in 1968 and the Memphis Blues had the name changed to Blues Stadium. In October 1977, the then-new Memphis Chicks franchise changed the name of the ballpark to Tim McCarver Field after then-Major League Baseball catcher and current commentator, Tim McCarver, a Memphis native.[1]

It was unusual in that the infield in later years was AstroTurf so that Kansas City Royals players could practice on the artificial surface in preparation for playing at Kauffman Stadium which until 1995 was AstroTurf.

The facility replaced Russwood Park, the previous baseball park, after its destruction by fire in 1960 which effectively sent Memphis baseball into dormancy for several years. Tim McCarver Stadium was in turn replaced by AutoZone Park in 2000. The stadium was demolished in 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium Named For McCarver". Gettysburg Times. Gettysburg, PA: Times and News Publishing Company. Associated Press. October 21, 1977. p. 14. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
Preceded by
first ballpark
Home of the
Memphis Redbirds

1998 – 1999
Succeeded by
AutoZone Park