New Ulm’s Johnson Park turns 75

Posted on May 9, 2014 by CJ Siewert

Happy belated anniversary to one of Minnesota’s most historic ballparks – New Ulm’s Johnson Park. 

May 7 marked the 75-year anniversary of the first baseball game played at the field. Johnson Park has been an MBA state tournament host site five times. The 1953 state tournament attendance of 31,031 is the second highest in MBA history and the 1958 state tournament was the last time attendance was more than 25,000. 

1941 – 10,993

1944 – 10,629

1953 – 31,031

1958 – 26,094

1990 – 10,677 (with Sleepy Eye)

Text below courtesy of the New Ulm Journal 

May 7 was the 75th anniversary of the first baseball game played at Johnson Park. Before the park was built in 1939, baseball games in New Ulm were played at the Brown County Fairgrounds. According to baseball historian Herb Schaper, a parade of players, city officials and fans marched to the park on Sunday, May 7, 1939, where Mayor Albert D. Flor threw out the first pitch. The New Ulm Brewers hosted Gibbon in the inaugural game, which did not end well for the home team. Gibbon trailed 4-3 heading into the 9th inning, then scored five runs for an 8-4 win. The park was officially dedicated on June 18. A 75th anniversary celebration is planned for Saturday, June 21, when the Brewers and the Kaiserhoff will play an exhibition game, and championship teams from the past will be honored.

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