McCurdy Field
McCurdy Field
McCurdy Field
Location within Maryland
Full nameMcCurdy Memorial Park
Former namesFrederick County Athletic Field (1924–1936)
LocationSouth Jefferson Street and Scholl's Lane
Frederick, Maryland, 21703
Coordinates39°24′36″N 77°25′24″W / 39.41000°N 77.42333°W / 39.41000; -77.42333Coordinates: 39°24′36″N 77°25′24″W / 39.41000°N 77.42333°W / 39.41000; -77.42333
OwnerCity of Frederick
Capacity2,500 (1924)
Field sizeLeft Field: 348
Center Field: 600
Right Field: 506 (1924)
Surfacegrass
Construction
OpenedMay 13, 1924
Renovated1974
Construction cost$15,000 (1924)
$200,000 (1974)
Tenants
Frederick Hustlers (BRL) 1924–1928
Frederick Warriors (BRL) 1929–1930
Syracuse Chiefs (IL) 1943 (spring training)
Philadelphia Athletics (MLB) 1944–1945 (spring training)
Frederick Keys (CL) 1989
Francis Scott Key Post #11 (American Legion) 1986-Present
Website
McCurdy Field

McCurdy Field, located in Frederick, Maryland, is the former home of the Frederick Hustlers, Warriors, and Frederick Keys, a class A minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The current stadium structure is largely an aluminum superstructure with dual brick buildings on the sides. The field first opened in 1924.[1] McCurdy Field was the home of the Frederick teams of the minor league baseball Blue Ridge League from 1924 to 1930.

On Monday, September 6, 1937, the Washington Redskins played their first Washington-area game following their move from Boston. Washington beat an American Legion All-Star team by a score of 50-0 before a crowd of 1,000 at McCurdy.[2]

During World War II, professional baseball teams conducted spring training in the north. The International League Syracuse Chiefs held spring training at McCurdy in 1943[3] and the Philadelphia Athletics also held spring training in Frederick in 1944 and 1945 and played their exhibition games at McCurdy Field.[4]

Lights were installed in 1947. In 1968, the old wooden grandstand was condemned. It was torn down in 1971, leaving just the field. Bob Marendt led an effort to renovate the park, raising $50,000 in donations, and federal and state government paid for the balance. A renovated concrete and steel park opened in 1974, with metal bleachers that sat 1,500 and clubhouse facilities to host the Babe Ruth League 13-year-old national tournament.[5]

References

  1. ^ Goldberg, Stan (August 19, 2007). "McCurdy's hosted everyone from Redskins to locals". Gettsyburg Times. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "1937 Washington Redskins (NFL)". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  3. ^ "Army In Great Britain Plans Seven Baseball Leagues, World Series". The Baltimore Sun. March 26, 1943. p. 17. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  4. ^ Warrington, Bob. "Spring Training 1944". Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society. Archived from the original on November 27, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "McCurdy Field, Frederick, Maryland". Charlie O’Reilly. Retrieved December 21, 2010.