Bosse Field – Evansville, Indiana - Atlas Obscura

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Bosse Field

The third-oldest baseball stadium in the United States is in a league of its own. 

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First opened in 1915, this field is beaten in age only by Boston’s Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (1914). It began as a passion project for Evansville’s mayor Benjamin Bosse, who ran into a bump in the road during the park’s development process.

Bosse needed additional funding to complete the project and hatched a plan to have the Evansville school board provide the rest of the funds in return for use of the field. When he pitched it to the school board, the president struck it down. Bosse’s reaction was simple; he fired the president and replaced them with a good friend of his who gave the plan an automatic thumbs-up.

This brings us to Bosse Field’s modern-day claim to fame. Audiences around the world likely recognize it as the site of the legendary showdown between the Rockford Peaches and the Racine Belles in the classic film A League of Their Own (1992). When Columbia shot the film in 1991, they decorated the stadium with vintage product advertisements for coffee and stamps, as well as murals for the Racine Belles team.

 

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