League Park (Houston)

League Park (Houston)

League Park
Full name League Park
Former names Houston Base Ball Park
Location 2600 Travis Street
Houston, Texas
Renovated 1896,[1] 1903[2]
Closed July 2, 1904
Demolished 1904
Owner Houston Electric Company[2]
Operator Houston Baseball Association
Tenants
Houston Buffaloes (STL, TL) (1888–1904)

League Park (also known as Houston Base Ball Park and Fair Ground Park[3]) was a baseball park located in Houston, Texas and was the home of the Houston Buffaloes from 1888 until 1904.

The ballpark is notable for being the place of the first Texas League game between Houston and Galveston on April 1, 1888. A large portion of the crowd came over from Galveston, expecting their team to humiliate the Houston team. However, Houston won the game 4-1. The ball park existed about two miles from the original Texas State Fairgrounds,[4] at the intersection of Travis Street and McGowen Street on the eastern edge of Fourth Ward.

History

Built in a largely unpopulated area of prairie land, fences and a grandstand were erected on the site by 1885.[4]

Redevelopment and closure

Although owned by the Houston Electric Company throughout the majority of its existence, the ball park was sold to a real estate development company before the beginning of the 1904 season.[5] The Houston Buffaloes (known as the "Lambs" for 1904) continued to play at League Park despite the development company's sale of portions of the land. Game rules became inventive to accommodate the small size of the field.[5]

Houston's professional baseball team played its last game at the park against the Beaumont Millionaires on July 1, 1904.[6]

See also

Sources

  • "Baseball in the Lone Star State: Texas League's Greatest Hits," Tom Kayser and David King, Trinity University Press 2005

References

Preceded by
None
Home of the
Houston Buffaloes

1888 – 1904
Succeeded by
Harrisburg Park