America's Best History Spotlight
On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.
Bosse Field, Indiana
No, it's not Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, they're actually a couple years older, and for some, they do not consider it the oldest minor league park still in use, that would be Rickwood in Birmingham, Alabama, but that's only used once per year. Bosse Field, in Evansville, Indiana is the oldest minor league baseball park still in regular use today, hosting the Evansville Otters in the historic park for 100,337 patrons in 2017. The Otters are part of the independent Frontier League, playing games there since 1995. The park has been used since June 17, 1915 when the Class B, Evansville River Rats of the Central League won the initial contest before 8,082 fans. Photo above: Bosse Field at night, 2006. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
Info, What's There Now, History Nearby
A trip to Bosse Field is like stepping back in time. Yes, it's been seen in movies, a League of Their Own, so you can rent that and see for yourself how it would have been depicted in its former heydey. But even today, that trip to view the minor league otters will bring back the history in its old concrete steps and the brick walls surrounding the ticket windows and the entire park. The Evansville Otters play in Bosse Field for just shy of one hundred games per year, beginning in May and running until the beginning of September. Plan your visit to take in a game and the history.
Photo above: Historic photo of Bosse Field. Courtesy theclio.com.
Where Is It
The ballpark is located just north of the Ohio River in Evansville at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, IN 47711. For those familiar with Evansville, it is almost equidistant from the Evansville Regional Airport and the University of Southern Indiana. Evansville is located 164 miles southwest of Indianapolis down IN-37 and I-69. It is located 117 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky across I-64 and south on US-41.
What is There Now
Classic minor league baseball ballpark, plus plaques to native son Bob Griese, and old style signs made for the movie "League of Their Own," including one for the Racine Belles. Current capacity 5,181. Past capacity around 8,000.
How Much to Visit
Just north of $5 today. In 1915, the price was 75 cents for box seats and 25 cents for the grandstand.
The baseball season for the Evansville Otters runs from the beginning of May to the beginning of September. At other times, there are tours of the park. Call ahead for that availability if you're visiting out of season.
Visit Evansville - Bosse Field
There's a variety of other attractions in Evansville and the surrounding area. State historic sites dedicated to Colonel William Jones and the Angel Mounds, the Evansville Museum of History, Art, and Science, and the Dream Car Museum. For the nature fan, there's the Shawnee National Forest to the west Hoosier National Forest to the east. For larger history, you're in the arena of Abraham Lincoln history in Springfield, Illinois and Civil War history at Fort Donelson.