BOSSE FIELD FACTS: Opening Day, June 17, 1915
|Professional ballparks older than Bosse
|Fenway Park in Boston (1912)|
Wrigley Field in Chicago (1914)
|$10,000 10 Acres of land at Southeast
corner of Garvin Park|
$50,000 Materials & Labor
fees (grounds, improvements, etc.)
Built as a SCHOOL BOARD PROJECT (first
municipally owned athletic facility in the
Members at the time included:|
The Reverend J.V.
Schneider presented the stadium to the people of Evansville on behalf of
the School Board.
The ballpark was named for Benjamin Bosse, then
Mayor (elected in 1913), in honor of his “great encouragement and support”
to the development of an athletic program in the local
Seating capacity listed at 7,180; opening day
attendance reported as 8,082.
|$0.75 Box Seats|
ERIE, 4-0. Winning Pitcher: Fromholtz.|
“The Night of Opening
Day”: Portable lighting installed around a wrestling ring; reportedly
another 1,500 attendees (10,000+ both
Bosse Field Facts: The Outfield
Left Field 315 ft
Center Field 415 ft 455 ft. 476
Right Field 315 ft.
Seating Capacity 5,110
was moved closer to the grandstand in 1938, lengthening the distance to
dead center: there are NO recorded home runs which left the park in
straight-away center (not even Hank
Fence” was installed in 1950, removed for the 1951, ’52, and ’53
seasons, then reinstalled in 1954.
Bosse Field Facts: Evansville, IN
|Benjamin Bosse elected mayor in 1913; challenged citizens
to develop civic pride. His most famous quote: “When everybody boosts,
Improvements that were completed during Bosse’s years as
• Horse drawn
fire carriages were replaced.
• The Evansville Police Department moved
into a separate Police Station (previously in city offices).
Downtown streets were paved (brick).
• Improved public markets were
built in several locations.
• The Public Recreation Department was
formed and – in addition to creating both GARVIN and MESKER parks – built
Evansville’s first public playgrounds, tennis courts and swimming
Harding & Miller: Music
& Butterfield: Office Sundries
Finke Furniture: one of 41 furniture
factories in business in the years
Music of the time:|
Eyes are Smilin’” (1912)
“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
Scout Troop in Evansville formed in 1910
Building (begun in 1912) was dedicated in 1914
opened June 6, 1917
and Sailors Memorial Coliseum was completed in March of
|Bosse Field Facts:
Hall of Famers
who played here:
Thompson (elected to the Hall in 1974) played in Evansville as a rookie in
own Hall of Famer Edd Roush played for Evansville teams (’12 Yankees and
’13 River Rats)
Field Facts: Teams & Leagues |
Otters 1995-present Frontier League
– 1984 American Association
E Sox 1966 -
1968 Southern League
Braves 1946 -
1957 Three-I League
Spring Training 1942 –1945 (?) American League
Bees 1938 -
1942 Three-I League
Hubs 1926 –
1930 Three-I League
1924 - 1925 Three-I League
1923 Three-I League
Evansville Crimson Giants 1921 -
1922 National Football League
Evas 1920 -
1922 Three-I League
Black Sox 1919
Three- I League
Evas 1916 –
1917 Central League
1914 – 1915 Central League
Bosse Field: Significant
1925: Three- I
League adopted the practice of adding numbers to players’ jerseys to help
fans better identify the players, and the Pocketeers became the first team
to appear in numbered uniforms in Evansville.
1925: Louis Chado (pitcher, Decatur) died of “a ruptured artery in the
brain”. The day prior to his death, Chado was struck in the head by a ball
thrown by Evansville pitcher Elmer Gray. Chado left the field under his
own power after (all accounts agree) “leaning into the pitch”…the beaning
was NOT intentional.
in School Board financed improvements.
1931: In the first night game ever played at Bosse Field, the Evansville Hubs lost to Decatur,
Approximately $ 400,000 was spent on renovations to the ballpark to make
it “fit and safe”.
Chicago White Sox (parent club of Evansville’s White Sox) played the
Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition game at Bosse Field. “Standing room only”
crowd of 5,714 reported.
sales permitted for the first time.
Scoreboard installed. (Prior to that time, the scoreboard was operated
manually by Marvin Gray.)
1984: Last Triplets game.
1995: First Evansville Otters game.
2005: First Frontier League team to reach 1,000,000 fan plateau.
Bosse Field Facts: Ticket
1917 $ 0.75 $ 0.50 $ 0.25
1941 $ 0.90 $ 0.60 $ 0.65 $ 0.44