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Best Amateur Baseball Parks In Minnesota

May 18, 2011 8:33 PM

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It’s an old-time tradition: Amateur baseball in Minnesota. Get a group of guys together who likely have full-time jobs during the day, and let them run around on a baseball field a few nights a week to let them feel like kids again. Baseball is one of the most popular amateur sports in Minnesota, and it’s highlighted every fall by three state tournaments hosted by small towns throughout the state. Here, in no ranking, are some of the best parks in Minnesota.

Jack Ruhr Field

14250 240th Street East
Miesville, MN 55009

It’s the real-life version of “Field Of Dreams,” one of the great baseball movies of all-time. Other than a bar, Jack Ruhr field is the heart of the small town of Miesville, which is in southeastern Minnesota Highway 50 just east of Hampton. The Mudhens play in the Classic Cannon Valley League and are perennial Class B State Tournament contenders. It’s a great baseball park with corn fields surrounding the outfield fence.

The Mini Met

401 Rice Street South
Jordan, MN 55352

Just south of the metro lies one of the great amateur baseball parks in Minnesota. The Mini Met in Jordan is the home of the Jordan Brewers of the River Valley League. The Mini Met is also one of the annual sites for the Minnesota State High Scholl Baseball Championships. Take Highway 169 south from the metro and exit on Highway 21. It’s off Rice Street near Pekama Park.

John Burch Park

100 North 7th Street
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

John Burch Park is home to the Cannon Falls Bears of the Classic Cannon Valley League, and it’s located in the heart of downtown Cannon Falls off historic Highway 19. The park features an amateur version of the “green monster” in Boston’s Fenway Park. A high fence with overhanging trees makes up for the short distance in left field. The park has great concessions, including fresh popcorn. The Bears also feature one of the most competitive teams in Class B.

Athletic Park

725 West First Street
Chaska, MN 55318

It’s the home of the Chaska Cubs of the River Valley League. It’s one of the nicest stadiums in the southwest metro. Athletic Park is also a venue for the Minnesota State High School Baseball Championships as well as the Lions All-Star Baseball Tournament. The ball park features great concessions and comfortable seating for the perfect summer night of baseball.

Johnson Park

5th North Street and North German Street
New Ulm, MN 56073

In one of the more entertaining cities of southern Minnesota rests one of the better baseball facilities in southern Minnesota. Johnson Park in New Ulm is home to the New Ulm Brewers of the Tomahawk East League. New Ulm is also known for its quality amateur baseball with the Kaiserhoff, and the ball park is just blocks away from the historic downtown. Johnson Park is a great place to check out a ball game.

Vollmer Field

100 Desoto Ave South
Glencoe, MN 55336

Historic Vollmer Field is the home of the Glencoe Brewers of the Crow River Valley League. It’s a classic ball park in western Minnesota with all the amenities. Pine trees also sit behind the fences in left and right field. It sits in an open area that’s great to pull up your lawn chair on for a warm summer night of baseball. Vollmer Field will also be one of two facilities to host the 2011 State Amateur Baseball Championships, held in late August and early September.

Barney Tadsen Field

County Highway 25 and 3rd Street South
Brownton, MN 55312

It almost has to make the list based on its name alone! Barney Tadsen Field is the home of the Brownton Bruins. Located off Highway 25 in the heart of the city, the Bruins play in Crow River Valley League. The ball park features your classic backdrop behind home plate, complete with old-style bleachers and a fencing to keep fans safe from foul balls. Brownton is the other host city for the 2011 State Amateur Baseball Championships.

Memorial Park

1st Avenue SE and Dana Kiecker Street
Fairfax, MN 55332

The Fairfax Cardinals of the River Valley League serve as host to one of the finest amateur baseball parks in Minnesota. Memorial Park is located in the heart of Fairfax off Highway 19 and 2nd Street. It’s your classic amateur baseball park in a “Don’t blink or you might miss it” town, and the Cardinal fans love their baseball. The Cardinals are consistently one of the most competitive teams in the state, last reaching the state tournament in 2006.

Arlington Ball Park

197 Douglas Street
Arlington, MN 55307

The Arlington Ball Park is home to the Arlington A’s of the River Valley League. The park is located off Highway 5 in the heart of town, which is just northeast of Gaylord. The park features a couple of rare sights in Minnesota amateur baseball: A press box above the stands behind home plate, and a radio tower behind the first base bleachers. The Arlington A’s last reached the state tournament in 2009 as a co-host.

Hawk Field

100 Sophia Avenue
Hamburg, MN 55339

The Hamburg Hawks of the Crow River Valley League play in one of the great amateur ball parks in southwestern Minnesota. Hamburg is located off Highway 212 and County Road 25, just southwest of Norwood. Large trees line the fence from right field to center field, and you know you’re watching town ball when your parking space is on the grass looking out to right field. The layout allows for plenty of space for tailgating.

Legion Field

305 Legion Field Road
Marshall, MN 56258

Don’t confuse yourself thinking you’re at Wrigley Field if you travel to Legion Field in Marshall. Okay, so that’s stretching it a little, but the Marshall A’s have one of the most authentic ball parks in southwestern Minnesota. Ivy covers the outfield fence the entire way around, and teams can play at night with light poles placed throughout the park. There’s also a radio tower in foul territory behind first base so hard-core fans can follow the play-by-play from their seats. The Marshall A’s play in the Southern Minny League.

Lions Memorial Park

1160 Birch Avenue
Bird Island, MN 55310

You can’t help but smile and enjoy the game of baseball when you travel to Lions Memorial Park to watch the Bird Island Islanders play. The Islanders compete in the Corn Belt League and have a park that features a little bit of everything. Four large light towers in the outfield keep the park well lit for night games. An electronic scoreboard keeps fans up-to-date on the game, and it takes a real blast to hit a home run to left field with a mini “Green Monster.” The park is located off Highway 212 in Bird Island, between Hector and Olivia.

Memorial Park Baseball Field

100 10th Avenue
Howard Lake, MN 55349

Baseball fans rarely get a scenic outfield view in amateur stadiums, but Memorial Park Baseball Field in Howard Lake gives you just that. Think the Minnesota version of McCovey Cove in San Francisco, but Howard Lake is the scenic backdrop for the entire outfield. A big home run might end up in the lake, so bring your suit if you want to swim for a souvenir. The park is home to the Howard Lake Orphans and is located off Highway 12 and 10th Avenue in the heart of town about an hour west of the metro.

– Jeff Wald is a Web Producer at WCCO-TV. Before coming to WCCO, Wald covered amateur baseball around Minnesota for six years.

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  • An old umpire

    Besides Marshall, New Ulm, Fairfax and Bird Island what about these—
    Granite Falls? Milroy? Windom? Stark? Searles? Wilmont? Pipestone? Hadley? Redwood Falls? Hanska? Leavenworth? Lamberton? Sleepy Eye? Jackson? St. James? Essig? Springfield? These are just a few- there are more!

    There are more unique and great baseball parks in the farm country of southwestern MInnesota than in any other area of the state! Most of these are within just minutes of one another too!

  • Luke

    Great list, however you forgot to add Memorial Park in Dundas Minnesota!

  • TwinsFan

    Gaylord? Come on!!

    • Gordon Sowner

      This is really an alias for Mike Max, right? :-;

  • Nancy

    What about the parks in Stearns County? St. Martin is another great park for amateur baseball.

    • Scott

      Come on, St. Martin?

    • Scott

      St. Martin does not even come close to these parks or Cold Spring and Dick Putz and Faber Fields in St. Cloud. I agree these are some great parks on the list and many more could have been provided.

  • Lynn

    Marcussen Park – Austin, MN !!

  • Rob

    How about Walsh Field in Gaylord, MN?? It sits right on the banks of beautiful lake Titloe and also the 2009 state amateur baseball tourney was held there..

  • Jan

    Gaylords Walsh field should of been included. Ask Mike Maxx a Gaylord native what he thinks. It was host of state baseball 2 years ago and people were impressed with a small town having such a big town quality. Take a look for yourself.

    • Scott

      There are many great fields in this state and it is tough to include them all.

  • tyler

    My fav is Parade Stadium. The Mpls skyline during a night game can not be beat. I dont know why that wasn’t in the mix.

    • Justin

      Because the field itself is garbage…

      • Bennytrainer

        If the city would ever take care of it.. It could be great!

  • Jack

    There are so many great fields in this state it’s hard to stop at 10. Saints Field in Dassel is a great environment, especially with the old rstored farm buildings over the right field wall and one of my favorite parks to visit every year. Willmar St Clouds Putz and Faber fields although they operate on a much larger budget than some of the hidden diamonds mentioned above.

  • Red Joe

    Maple Lake for sure.

  • Joe Anoka

    What about Buckman? Home of the Billygoats!

  • Bob

    Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee is a great venue to watch a game. Super site lines. Go to the Town Team Tavern at Target Field. Photographs of most of the great local ballparks across Minnseota are on the walls here. The Twins did a nice job saluting Minnesota Town Team baseball at this Target Field food & beverage destination.

  • teri

    We enjoyed Arlington’s BEAUTIFUL baseball field last week. The small town flavor is great and the $1 concessions can’t be beat. We sat behind home plate and noted that a similar night at a Twins game would have run us about $1K. Lots of fun.

  • Pat

    Teri – you probably saw better baseball at Arlington than you would’ve at Target Field!

  • bob

    International Falls has a beautiful ball park.

  • Verne

    Municipal Stadium at Central Park in Delano, Minnesota has one of the most intimate settings you’ll find for amateur baseball, add it to the list. Ivy covered fences, mature elm and pine trees provides a great backdrop, which is second to none.

  • bkru

    Tiger Park in Belle Plaine – Baseball since 1885! State Tourney hosts in 1966, 1981, 1992, 2004, and again in 2014:

  • Bob

    Veteran’s Memorial Field in Kimball, MN is what small-town ballparks are about. This facility has received numerous improvements in recent years. They take great pride like many Minnesota communities do with their “Field of Dreams”.

    Plush grass……first class field. The only remaining future improvements include lights and grandstand.

  • Holly Walsh

    What about Walsh field in Gaylord, Minnesota? My grandpa has spent his life at the field taking great care of it, even at his old age. That field is his second home and he spends more time at the field, than at his own house. I dont know how anyone could miss such a beautiul place. Even our opponants fans say how wonderful Walsh field is.Come take a look! :)

  • spfd hometown girl

    I agree with An Old Umpire – you missed the mark on alot of those stadiums in SW MN – Springfield even produced a major league player back in the days!! You dont see ball parks like these ball parks in that area anymore!!

  • Cyril

    How about Tink Larson Field in Waseca? It is a beautiful field in a nice neighborhood with seats that came from the old Met stadium. I got married on home plate,it was great.

  • sam

    tiger park in belle plaine????

    • bob


  • Honorable Mention

    Best kept lil’ secret… McGowan Field – Gibbon, MN.

  • Dog

    Is anybody saying a feild that is not with in 5 miles of their house?

  • Lisa Carter Raddatz

    Way to go Bird Island! Proud to be from a small hometown with such a great baseball field! Good luck Islanders!!

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