Chronological Tour: Stop 116

Golden Park

The exterior of Golden Park, Aug-1997.

The main grandstand.

Looking out at the game.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
Golden Park, originally built in 1951, received a major facelift prior to the 1996 season, as it was used for the softball competition in the 1996 Olympic Games. Columbus is 104 miles (167 km) from Atlanta.

I got there for a 1997 game, after the field had been restored to its usual baseball dimensions. It sits in the fairgrounds complex on the banks of the Chattahoochee, which at this point divides Georgia from Alabama before swinging into the Peach State and becoming Atlanta’s river.

The day I showed up, they played a doubleheader and no one seemed to know it. The stands were almost empty when the first pitch was thrown, but the fans streamed in steadily as the first game went on and it turned out to be a good night at the ballpark.

The RedStixx, a Cleveland Indians farm club, were moved to Eastlake, Ohio, for 2003. However, the South Georgia Waves relocated from Albany just prior to the start of the season. They were renamed the Columbus Catfish for 2004. However, the transfer of the Catfish to Bowling Green, Ky., for 2009 was approved by the South Atlantic League.

Game # Date League Level Result
270 Tue 12-Aug-1997 South Atlantic A Savannah 5, COLUMBUS GA 2, 1st
271 Tue 12-Aug-1997 South Atlantic A COLUMBUS GA 3, Savannah 2, 2d
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