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Bosse Field

Location 1701 N. Main St.
Evansville, Indiana 47711
Opened June 17, 1915
Owner Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation
Operator Evansville Otters
Surface Grass
Construction cost $65,000
Tenants
Evansville Otters (1995- )
Capacity
5,181
Dimensions
Left field - 315 ft
Center field - 415 ft
Right field - 315 ft

Bosse Field, built in 1915, is the third oldest baseball stadium (in regular use) in the United States. It is the current home of the Frontier League Evansville Otters, a minor league baseball team. The stadium is located in Garvin Park just north of downtown Evansville, Indiana.

HistoryEdit

Bosse Field opened on July 17,1915. It was named in honor of Benjamin Bosse, mayor of Evansville from 1914 to 1922, who bought Garvin Park and helped to build the stadium. A holiday was declared in honor of the opening of the stadium. A band marched from Sunset Park to the new stadium.

The Otters franchise came to Evansville in 1995. In 1999, they attracted a franchise record number of fans, over 3000 fans per game. Averaging the four years the Otters have been in Evansville, they have attracted roughly 2500 fans per game.

Bosse Field hosts many local high school baseball games. Recently $200,000 was raised by Friends of Bosse Field to renovate Bosse Field.

Nine teams other than the Otters have played at Bosse Field. Some of the most famous are the Triplets (1970-84), Black Braves (1946-57), Evas/Pocketeers/Hubs (1919-1931) and the River Rats (1914-15), the River Rats had played in Evansville previously from (1903-10). The Triplets won the American Association titles in 1972, 1975, and 1979. The River Rats won the Central League title in 1915.

Baseball Hall of Fame members Hank Greenberg, Chuck Klein, Edd Roush, Warren Spahn, and Sam Thompson played at Bosse Field during their careers. There have been many other Major League Baseball players from Evansville.

TriviaEdit

Bosse Field is the third oldest ballpark used for professional baseball on a regular basis in the country, surpassed only by Fenway Park (1912) in Boston and Wrigley Field (1914) in Chicago.

In 1991 the stadium was used by Columbia pictures for game scenes in the movie A League of Their Own.

External linksEdit

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