|Chronological Tour: Stop 245
Home-plate entrance to Bosse Field, Jul-2003.
The home team bullpen and third-base grandstand.
A view from directly behind the plate.
- Location: Heidelbach Avenue south of Diamond Avenue, Evansville, Ind.
- Opened: 1915 (renovated 1958)
- Home team: Evansville River Rats (1915), Evas (1916-17), Central League; Evansville Black Sox (1919), Evas (1920-23), Pocketeers (1924-25), Hubs (1926-31), Bees (1938-42), Braves (1946-57), Three-I League; Evansville White Sox, Southern League (1966-68); Evansville Triplets, American Association (1970-84); Evansville Otters, Frontier League (1995-present)
- Capacity: 4,500 (approx.)
Bosse Field, one of the oldest minor league ballparks still standing, was built as a schools stadium in 1915, and games were played under the lights here as early as 1931. The last major renovation to the park took place in 1958, although it was spruced up a bit in 1991 for the movie “A League of Their Own”; it portrayed the Racine ballpark, much as League Stadium, up the road in Huntingburg, was used in place of the field in Kenosha. Signs still stand exhorting attendees to “Support the Racine Belles”.
The facility is still controlled by the Evansville - Vanderburgh County School District, which from the beginning has leased the field to local professional teams. In recent years, it has been occupied during the summer by the Otters of the Frontier League.
The most notable thing about the park structure is that the entire semicircular seating bowl, with the exception of a few box seats that were probably added in the 1958 renovation, is covered by a roof. Unlike the other classic semicircle, Yale Field, Bosse’s seats are closer to the field and on a greater pitch, making it easy to watch and enjoy the game. This does have the effect of shortening the distance from home plate to the backstop, and the catcher must play some tricky hops on wild pitches.
For years, people told me, “You Otter go to Evansville”. I’m glad I did.
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