Denison Field
Denison Park in Winter Haven, Florida in 1930s.png
Denison Field, Winter Haven, Florida in 1930s
Location400 Ave A SE
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
SurfaceGrass
Opened1928
Closed1940
Tenants
Philadelphia Phillies (spring training) (1928–1937)
New York Giants (spring training) (1940)

Denison Field was a baseball field in Winter Haven, Florida. The stadium was built in 1928 with a wooden grandstand. It was the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1928 to 1937, and the New York Giants in 1940.

The field was located just west of the current site of the National Guard Armory at the intersection of Avenue C and Sixth St Southeast.[1] The location is the current site of high school football field, Denison Stadium.[2]

The distance from home plate to the right field fence was "over 400 feet", and the distances to center and left field even greater.[3]

The Giants attracted 15,743 paying fans during sixteen games in 1940 and children were admitted free.

Denison Stadium

Denison Field was replaced on the site by Denison Stadium, which was built for $40,000 and dedicated at a football game on October 17, 1947. The project originated in June 1947 under the direction of the local quarterback club, architect Jean Knox, funds chairman Harry E. King and building committee chairman C.N. McElbery.[4]

The stadium has since been upgraded and continues in use.

References

  1. ^ "Winter Haven's spring training heritage". The Ledger. Lakeland, Florida. July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Kemp, Bill (July 29, 2014). "Denison Stadium to Sport New Look to Open Season". The Ledger. Lakeland, Florida. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Williams hits 'em high and far away". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 10, 1928. p. 22.
  4. ^ Burr, Josephine G. (1974). History of Winter Haven, Florida. The Larry Burr Printing Company.

Coordinates: 28°0′2″N 81°43′39″W / 28.00056°N 81.72750°W / 28.00056; -81.72750