As in many Kansas towns, baseball took a few years to become established, and games were often played at the local fairgrounds, where seating was available at the racetrack. Lights sufficient for softball games were installed at the softball field in the s. The "Baseball Plant" was dedicated on May 23, with a doubleheader, each game featuring a team sponsored by a local business against a team from either Augusta or Wichita. Archived from the original on March 23, Joe Campbell Stadium, Rossville. During that season, the ballpark was referred to as "league park. The White Sox won the game 8—5.
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The seating constructed in was built shortly after the ballpark received its current name. Thanks to our Sponsors. In late and early , the city arranged to purchase the fairground for use as a city park. He worked out in spring training with the Cowboys. The Western League itself, however, was floundering during the Depression. Although many African American teams had to play their games at ballparks used by white ball clubs when the white teams were out of town, the Monrovians had their own ballpark at Twelfth and Mosley nothing remains of the ballpark. The seats have been replaced at least twice by metal benches.
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As the Ban Johnson team participated in their first year of league play, plans were made that summer to build a new athletic field through the Works Progress Administration WPA. A wooden fence of boards 8 feet tall and painted dark green enclosed the playing field. The infield grass was replaced with synthetic turf in — The first official night game in a full season in "organized baseball" the major leagues and associated minor leagues was played under permanent lights in Shulthis Stadium during a game between the visiting Muskogee Chiefs and hometown Independence Producers of the Western Association Class C. This coincided with the elevation of the Independence Producers from a Class D minor league team to the city's first Class C team. The name chosen for the ballpark was League Park, which emphasized its use by a minor league team. There was an error loading games
Backyard Baseball Master Schedule. The Pittsburg Coal Diggers did not fair too well in and , both teams playing below. In , Emporia replaced its town team with a City League. However, as the Korean War began in , the low-level minor league circuit dropped from 8 teams to 6 when the teams in Chanute and nearby Independence folded after the season, and the entire league folded after the season. Games began on the field that spring, while construction of the grandstand was still underway. They used Soden's Grove because it was outside the city limits, beyond the reach of the municipal ban on Sunday baseball.