Ballparks.BaseballYakker.com is the most extensive history of ballparks in Arkansas on the internet or anywhere else. The Project was launched in 2008 as an extension of the Baseball in Arkansas Project. Currently, there are 75+ ballparks featured and hundreds of photographs.
On this site, you can learn which ballpark . . .
- Was the spring training site of dozens of teams and likely more than 100 Hall of Famers
- Was the site of Arkansas’ first night game –played 116 years ago
- Also doubles as a football field, creating some of the wackiest field rules in the state
- Hosted a homerun derby by Babe Ruth on a rainy day
- Was home to Arkansas’ only “major league” baseball team
- What former air force base was turned into a baseball bootcam
- Is named after four different men.
- Features an iconic outfield wall known as “The Screen Monster”.
All ballparks featured Arkansas Diamonds are chosen by the administrator using the following qualifiers.
- All ballparks must feature a full size, 90-foot field and be located within the borders of Arkansas.
- All ballparks must also have historical significance or general structural significance.
- Or is presently used by a current collegiate team in Arkansas
All ballparks are sorted into one of 7 categories:
Professional Ballparks – Ballparks in Arkansas that are currently being used by a professional baseball team.
Formerly Professional Ballparks – Ballparks in Arkansas from the past and present who where once used for professional baseball.
Collegaite -Notable ballparks in Arkansas from the past and present whose highest level of baseball was collegiate. Each of the ballparks is notable for historical significance or general structure significance. All current collegiate ballparks are listed.
High School/American Legion Ballparks – Notable ballparks in Arkansas from the past and present whose highest level of baseball was either High School or American Legion. Each of the ballparks is notable for historical significance or general structure significance.
Miscellaneous Ballparks – Miscellaneous ballparks in Arkansas from the past and present who are notable for historical significance or general structural significance.
Other Notable Places – Places in Arkansas from the past and present who are not necessarily ballparks, but have historical significance.
Future Ballparks – Proposed or planned ballparks in Arkansas that have not been built. They do not count towards the current total of ballparks featured by Arkansas Diamonds.
Each page on a ballpark will have a ‘Quick Facts’ section at the top. There is a total of 8 different categories, which are each explained below:
Built – The year the ballpark was built
Opened - The year the ballpark opened
Closed – The year the ballpark closed to baseball
Torn Down – The year the ballpark was torn down
Used by/for – The tenants, teams and specific uses for the ballpark
Location – The approximate location of the ballpark
Capacity – The full capacity of spectators for the ballpark
AKA - Other names the field has been called before or after the entitled name
Most ballparks will either have a ‘History’ section or a ‘Notes’ section below the Quick Facts.
For questions, comments or errors, email KB at KB@BaseballYakker.com