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The Ball Parks    

     Only Ada had a playing facility when the league was formed, a bare dirt rodeo arena with a WPA grandstand along the short first base line and the oddest configuration in baseball (above right).  The Duncan Bowl was ahead of its time, anticipating Oklahoma City’s All Sports Stadium.  Blair Construction of Tulsa erected virtually identical ball parks of pre-cast concrete seating 1,850 in McAlester, Seminole, Shawnee, and Chickasha.  The latter three are still in use.  Tribe Park in Ardmore was a wooden grandstand that was rated one of the worst venues in the league until Waco Turner readied it for an April 6, 1953 exhibition between the Browns and the Cubs.  It was replaced with Cardinal Park in 1956 where the light stanchions were oil derricks.      Ponca City played in Conoco Park while Muskogee called ancient Athletic Park home.  Roofed, wooden ball parks in Gainesville (Locke Field), Greenville (Majors Stadium), Paris (City Park), and Sherman (Twins Park) had been built in 1946 and 1947 for Big State League teams.  Only Locke Field is still standing. 

See  Chapter 6 of Baseball in the Cross Timber for diagrams and photos of all the Sooner State League ball parks.  2009,  2008 Baseball in the Cross Timbers LLC.  All rights reserved.

 

 

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