Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Joy of Vacation, Part 2

Small Ballfields.

Part of the joy of going on vacation, taking day trips, or going on a business trip is planning out or stumbling upon small ballfields. I am particularly drawn to 50's era little league fields.

We were driving around Woodland, California where my mother-in-law and sister-in-law live, looking at older Craftsman Cottages when we stumbled upon a little old stadium.

Clark Field, established in 1930, or so the scoreboard said, plays host to Babe Ruth League, American Legion, and Woodland High School baseball. The vintage field is undergoing a long restoration and is really shaping up to the fine field it once was.

It actually was home to a Sacramento Valley League team the Woodland Oaks, in the 30's. Several Major League teams played exhibition games there in the 30's and 40's.

Adjacent to Clark Field is Hans Christiansen Park which has a couple Woodland Little League fields in it.

Field Number 1 is known as Camarena Field, and is a perfect example of a 1950's little league ballfield.

Next to Field Number 1 is Field Number 2 which was recently renamed Dustin Pedroia Field. Pedroia played organized ball there as a kid. I didn't photograph that one.

See a more detailed description of these little ballfields at my other blog Small Ballfields.

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