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Marsh Field Celebrates 100 Years “First Baseball Game at Historic Marsh Field Was Played on May 4, 1916”

MUSKEGON, Mich., April 27, 2016 – On May 4, 1916 the Muskegon Reds of the professional Central League played the first baseball game at brand-new Marsh Field and lost 4-0 to visiting Terre Haute.

 

Although the Muskegon Reds lost the home opener over 5000 eager fans jammed the new field to welcome the home team. A huge parade from the Muskegon Hotel to the ballpark was staged with automobiles and open trucks.

 

100 years later Marsh Field continues to be the principal home for Muskegon baseball and is by far the oldest minor league ballpark still in use in the state of Michigan.

 

On Tuesday, May 4, 2016 – 100 years to the day – another baseball game will be played on historic Marsh Field between Muskegon High School and Muskegon Catholic Central High School.

 

The community is invited to attend to watch these two storied high school baseball teams do battle and also participate in special ceremonies celebrating the 100th anniversary. The festivities begin at 6:30 pm.

 

In 1915, local industrialist, civic leader, and baseball enthusiast Charles W. Marsh, formed a group of investors who purchased 4 square blocks of wooded property in the center of town at the corner of Peck Street and Laketon Avenue and built the first-rate facility suitable for minor league baseball.

 

Over the years Marsh Field has been the home of the Muskegon Lassies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the old Muskegon Clippers, a farm team of the New York Yankees and the Muskegon Reds a farm team of the Detroit Tigers.

 

A new chapter in the history of Marsh Field began in 2010 when maintenance and control of the baseball facility was turned over to Len Piasecki, Pete Gawkowski, and Jim Grevell. Since their takeover  Marsh Field has been reborn with a complete makeover of the playing field, many improvements to the grandstand structure & parking lot, a new scoreboard, and a steady summer-long menu of games at many levels.

 

Over 200 baseball games are played at Marsh Field annually including High School, youth baseball and a variety of tournaments.  Marsh Field is also the home of the Muskegon Clippers, part of the Michigan Summer Collegiate Baseball League, which features college players from Junior Colleges to Division 1 Universities playing in a wooden bat league. The Clippers were league champions last year and begin their 2016 home campaign on June 1, 2016.

 

Many events will be held throughout the year at Marsh Field to commemorate its 100th anniversary.   For more information call Pete Gawkowski at 231-638-7696 or. ptgawkowski@gmail.com.

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