A Hidden Gem West of the Pecos
Home plate entrance to Kokernot Field, Jul-2012.
A look at the seating bowl from down the third-base line.
The view from in front of the press box.
- Location: Hendryx Street (TX 223) at Fightin’ Bucks Drive (off TX 118), Alpine, Texas
- Opened: 1947
- Home team: Alpine Cowboys, Sophomore League (1959-61); Big Bend Cowboys, Continental League (2009-10); Alpine Cowboys, Pecos League (2011-present); Sul Ross Lobos, American Southwest Conference; Alpine High School Fightin’ Bucks, Texas District 5-AA
- Capacity: 1,400
Herbert Kokernot, a rancher who once held 320,000 acres of land in two west Texas counties, spared no expense building this ballpark for the semi-pro Alpine Cowboys. It cost $1,250,000 to build in 1947.
The park became home to a professional team in the Sophomore League for the loop’s last three seasons, and it also hosted Sul Ross State University baseball until it was suspended in the early 1970s. At that time, the park was turned over to the Alpine Independent School District. Sul Ross later restored its baseball program, and the college leases the field from the school district for its home games.
Independent league baseball arrived with the short-lived Continental League in 2009, and play has continued with the Pecos League, starting in 2011. My attempt to see a game here in July 2012 was rained out.
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