Chronological Tour: Stop 111

Baxter Stadium

The ticket window at Baxter Stadium, Aug-1997.

Crowds weren’t usually much of a problem here.

That's mainly because the park was in the middle of nowhere.

Quick Facts: Rating: 1 baseball
The Catskill Cougars opened play in the Northeast League in 1995 (with a different name), but lasted no more than five seasons in two independent leagues. They did so by finding one of the few level patches of ground near the appropriately named hamlet of Mountaindale, within the Town of Fallsburg in the Sullivan County Catskills.

Team ownership believed it could make money by bringing in groups from the many summer camps in the area. This led to one of the oddest phenomena I’ve ever observed at a ball game: an attempt to rally the home team by singing “Hava Nagila”.

Despite an entertaining mascot and the usual allure of the minors, most people found the park too difficult to get to, driving for miles up a dimly-lit road from old NY 17. The Cougars gave up the ghost after the 1998 season, and were replaced in the league by les Capitales de Québec. However, for 2000, with the demise of the Massachusetts Mad Dogs, the Cougars were resurrected for a season.

As of 2013, the site is occupied by a small development of manufactured houses called Mountain Crest Homes.

Game # Date League Level Result
262 Sun 3-Aug-1997 Northeast Ind. Adirondack 10, CATSKILL 3
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