Top 100 ballparks of Minnesota ranked

By Nick Gerhardt

news@mnbaseball.org

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!

BY THE NUMBERS: (Top MBA Leagues)

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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