Block Stadium

Entrance to E.J. Block Stadium, Jul-2004.

The seating bowl, as seen from right field.

Much of the view is of an industrial park near the railroad tracks a block south.

Quick Facts:
East Chicago’s E.J. Block Athletic Field consists of this baseball stadium, built in 1942, as well as a football and soccer field out beyond left field. It is located across 144 Street from Washington Park.

Due to the city’s proximity to the major-league market of Chicago, no professional baseball was played here until the independent Mid-America League came in for 1995. The four-team loop also included the Merrillville Muddogs. The league lasted just one season, however, leaving Block Stadium for amateur ball once again.

Block Field is one of those unusual, notable relics that it’s good to see got its ever-so-short moment in the limelight. Many communities have nice old stadiums that, for one reason or another, have never hosted pro ball. Here’s one that got the chance.

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