|Chronological Tour: Stop 160|
Walking into Howard Johnson Field, Aug-2012.
The park's seating area as seen from the left-field bleachers.
The field, without the old, distinctive (and dangerous) right-field hill.
Itís a city park which has hosted East Tennessee State University and still hosts the Johnson City Cardinals of the rookie-level Appalachian League. The field is a respectable size, and it had a right-field berm in play, making balls to the wall very interesting (at least one fielder fell down playing the ball up the berm and off the wall while I watched a game). The hill was removed in 2010, and the 15-foot fence was extended to right field. The team has also started referring to the facility as Cardinal Park again, although the dedication plaque to Mr. Johnson remains.
The stadium itself is typical Appy, with bench seating under a roof (except for the two rows of box seats up against the field) and a scoreboard that works right some of the time but is in desperate need of bulbs (since replaced by an LED model). The entire grandstand is screened by a net; if you want a souvenir, you have to go into the bleachers down the lines.
Parking is free, tickets are cheap, concessions are reasonable, souvenirs are very reasonable. At this lowest level of pro baseball, things feel a lot purer than they do in some of the artificial environments Iím seeing at some of these new palaces.
|371||Sat 7-Aug-1999||Appalachian||R||Danville 10, JOHNSON CITY 9, 8 inn, 1st|
|372||Sat 7-Aug-1999||Appalachian||R||JOHNSON CITY 6, Danville 1, 2d|
|419||Wed 2-Aug-2000||Appalachian||R||Kingsport 5, JOHNSON CITY 3, 12 inn|
|1216||Fri 17-Aug-2012||Appalachian||R||JOHNSON CITY 10, Princeton 9, 1st|
|1217||Fri 17-Aug-2012||Appalachian||R||JOHNSON CITY 8, Princeton 4, 2d|