Chronological Tour: Stop 311

Phil Welch Stadium

Main entrance to Phil Welch Stadium, Aug-2006.

The seating configuration.

A look out onto the field.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
This WPA-era ballpark hosted several seasons of play in the late 1940s and early 1950s. With minor renovations, it continues to host the Missouri Western State College team. Through 2005 and also after 2007, it also hosted the St. Joseph Saints, a college summer team in today’s M.I.N.K. League (the initials stand for Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas).

In November 2005, the newly formed American Association of Independent Professional Baseball indicated that it was placing an expansion franchise in St. Joseph for 2006, to go along with four teams that jumped from the Northern League and five that came over from the Central League, which dissolved at season’s end.

The new Blacksnakes arranged for some additional renovations. New dugouts were complete for 2006, as well as some outbuildings. Further upgrades apparently depended on an agreement by the Blacksnakes to stick around in return for concessions by the City of St. Joseph, who owns the park. As it happened, though, the Blacksnakes pulled up their stakes after the 2007 season, relocating to Grand Prairie, Texas.

Game # Date League Level Result
831 Sun 6-Aug-2006 American Assn Ind. Sioux Falls 10, ST JOSEPH 5, 8 inn, rain
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