Top 100 ballparks of Minnesota ranked

By Nick Gerhardt

In 2019, Bob Greeley took on the herculean task of finding the top 100 ballparks within the state of Minnesota. He used a criteria that include these parameters: Ballpark needed to be the home field for a MBA team; no artificial turf fields; no college, university or professional-owned team field, playing surfaces, seating, accessibility, lights, concessions, parking, signage, press box, sight lines, dugouts, fencing, atmosphere/ambiance, storage & auxiliary facilities, pa system, scoreboard, batting cages, ability to move around, safety, site upkeep and TLC, landscaping and shade.

Here’s the list that follows in reverse order:

100:        Veseli Ballpark (Veseli)

99:          Laker Field (Pearl Lake)

98:          Nelson Field (Dawson)

97:          Chauncey Martin Field (Pelican Rapids)

96:          Don Timpe Field (Maple Plain)

95:          Orioles Ballpark (Leavenworth)

94:          Veterans Field (Hastings)

93a.:       Hamlin Field (Hanska)

93b.:       Elmer Becker Field (Deer Creek)

92:          Schumacher Field (Forest Lake)

91:          Rosen Ballpark (Rosen)

90:          Tony Stukel Field (Warroad)

89:          Wendelin Koep Sr. Stadium (Urbank)

88:          Varsity Field (St. James)

87:          Roscoe Ballpark (Roscoe)

86:          Sacred Heart Field (Sacred Heart)

85a.:       Jake Wolford Field (Dent)

85b.:       Jacobson Field (New York Mills)

84:          Robert  G. Fritz Memorial Field (Cologne)              

83a.:       Wacker Field (Jackson)

83b.:       Carlos Ballpark (Carlos)

82:          Schneider Field (St. Joseph)

81a.:       Memorial Field (Madison)

81b.:       Veterans Memorial Field (Blue Earth)

80:          H.M. Solheim Stadium (Princeton)

79a.:       Tony Sipe Athletic Field (Ada)

79b.:       Memorial Park (Montgomery)

78a.:       Stark Ballpark (Stark)

78b.:       Parade Stadium (Minneapolis)

77:          Willkommen Park (Young America)          

76a.:       Poppitz Field (Victoria)

76b.:       Wintercrest Park (Coon Rapids)

75a.:       Big Willow Park (Minnetonka)

75b.:       SM Rec Center (St. Michael)

74a.:       Richmond Ball Park (Richmond)

74b.:       Sechler Park (Northfield)

73a.:       Veterans Memorial Field (Kimball)

73b.:       Jim Karn Field (Crookston)

72:          Al Nyberg Field (Hibbing)

71:          New Munich Baseball Park (New Munich)

70:          Searles Ballpark (Searles)

69:          Ray Weber Field (St. Martin)

68a.:       Bluejay Stadium (Plato)

68b.:       Essig Ballpark (Essig)

67a.:       Hellie Field (Pierz)

67b.:       A’s Field (Pipestone)

66a.:       Veterans Field (Prior Lake)

66b.:       Alimagnet Park (Burnsville)

65a.:       Saints Field (Elrosa)        

65b.:       Eagles Field (Regal)

64a.:       Knute Nelson Memorial Field (Alexandria)

64b.:       Braemer Baseball Field (Edina)

63a.:       Dunning Stadium (St. Paul)

63b.:       Lilleberg Field (Raymond)

62a.:       Polecats Field (Monticello)

62b.:       Palm Field (St. Anthony Village)

61a.:       Red Bird Field (Luverne)

61b.:       Trenda Memorial Park (Lonsdale)

60a.:       Highland Park (Watertown)

60b.:       Red Haddox Field (Bloomington)

59:          Veterans Memorial Park (St. Peter)

58:          Bob Cross Field (Sauk Rapids)

57:          William J. Gross Park (Waterville)

56:          American Legion Field (Fergus Falls)

55:          Chuck Fuller Field (Owatonna)

54:          Don Giesen Field (Union Hill)

53a.:       Black Sox Park (Freeport)

53b.:       Redbirds Field (Isanti)

52:          Fredrickson Field (Elko)

51:          Barney Tadsen Field (Brownton)

50:          Bonin Field (St. Patrick)

49:          Bell Field (Faribault)

48:          Marcusen Park (Austin)

47:          Chizek Field (Morris)

46:          Memorial Park (Howard Lake)

45a.:       Milroy Yankees Field (Milroy)

45b.:       Castle Field (Anoka)

44:          Bruce Frank Field (Le Sueur)

43:          Optimist Park (Litchfield)

42:          Arnold Klaers Field (Loretto)

41:          Schleper Brothers Field (Farming)

40:          Mayo Field (Rochester)

39:          Riverside Park (Springfield)

38:          Central Park (Avon)

37:          Krueger Field (Perham)

36:          Sleepy Eye Baseball Park (Sleepy Eye)

35:          Milroy Irish Yard (Milroy)

34:          Richter Field (Granite Falls)

33:          St. Cloud Orthopedics Field (Sartell)

32:          Vollmer Field (Glencoe)

31a.:      Clippers Baseball Park (Watkins)

31b.:      Marthaler Field (Minnewaska)   

30:          Brennan Field (Hinckley)

29:          Baker Field (Willmar)

28:          Veterans Memorial Field (Hutchinson)

27:          Spicer Ballpark (Spicer)

26:          Memorial Park (New Prague)

25:          Walsh Field (Gaylord)

24:          Memorial Park (Fairfax)

23:          Irish Stadium (Maple Lake)

22:          Hawks Field (Hamburg)

21:          Tink Larson Field (Waseca)

20:          Arlington Ball Park (Arlington)

19:          Legion Field (Marshall)

18:          Paynesville Baseball Stadium (Paynesville)

17:          Faber Field (St. Cloud)

16:          Tiger Park (Belle Plaine)

15:          John Burch Park (Cannon Falls)

14:          Lions Field (Waconia)

13:          Lions Memorial Park (Bird Island)

12:          Irish Yard (Green Isle)

11:          Red Wing Athletic Field (Red Wing)

10:          Storm/Red Bird Stadium (Chanhassen)

9:            Memorial Park (Dundas)

8:            Chaska Athletic Park (Chaska)

7:            Johnson Park (New Ulm)

6:            Cold Spring Baseball Park (Cold Spring)

5.            Joe Schleper Stadium (Shakopee)

4:            Jordan Mini-Met (Jordan)

3:            Saints Field (Dassel)

2:            Jack Ruhr Field (Miesville)

1:            Delano Municipal Park (Delano)

*Been to most; not all of these ball parks. Used my connections & baseball friends from across MN to help compile & provide feedback with these rankings.

*Will I update the rankings moving forward? Perhaps post COVID-19. We shall see. 

*Minnesota has tremendous ballparks!


River Valley: 13

Crow River Valley: 9

Dakota-Rice-Scott: 9

Tomahawk East: 9

North Star: 8

Classic Cannon Valley: 7

Corn Belt: 7

Stearns County: 6

Central Valley: 4

County Line: 4

Eastern Minny: 4

Land O’ Ducks: 4

Metro Minny: 4

Countryside: 3

Gopher: 3

Hi-10: 3

Lakewood: 3

Resorters: 3

Riverview: 3             

Sauk Valley: 3

Victory: 3  

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