What is the best field/court/whatever on which you’ve competed?
PAL: I’m starting to notice how much these ideas revolve around baseball. Somebody’s missing the start of the season! While, for me, this tends towards baseball fields, I’ll give a rundown of the best fields I played on as a kid. Please share your selections, and send a pic if you can find one.
Little League: Brooklyn Center, no contest.
Grass infields, real, sunken dugouts, best concession stand ever. Burgers with grilled onions. Every player in their annual tourney was given a free burger and a pop each day.
High School: Athletic Park – Chaska, MN – a crown jewel of ‘town ball’ in MN. It’s perfection.
While there are many of these types of fields, this one was the best I ever played on.
College: Need help on this one. Chico State was nice, but that is/was a independent league field. We did play on a field in Missouri that Mickey Mantle played minor league ball at apparently – Joe Becker Stadium. Could’ve been a nice field, but I don’t remember it that way. I just recall freezing my balls off behind the plate during an early March game in freezing rain.
All-time: Chaska. Did you look at the picture?
- Best ice: Oscar Johnson – St. Paul, MN
- Best atmosphere – Aldrich Arena – Maplewood, MN
- Oddity: Coliseum at MN State Fair – St. Paul, MN. Pictured above. Fun fact, my grandpa help build this.
Soccer: Whatever rich high school put in a new football/soccer field the previous spring.