Harry & David Field

Harry & David Field is a baseball park in the northwest United States, located in Medford, Oregon.

Harry & David Field
Location2929 South Pacific Highway
Medford, Oregon
Coordinates42.297°N 122.843°W / 42.297; -122.843
OwnerCity of Medford
OperatorMedford Rogues
Capacity2,178
SurfaceNatural grass
Opened2005, 14 years ago
Tenants
Southern Oregon Riverdawgs (2001–2012)
Medford Mustangs (American Legion)
Medford Rogues, 2013–present)
Medford
Location in the United States
Medford
Location in Oregon

Adjacent to US Cellular Community Park, it hosts youth and high school baseball, primarily the American Legion Medford Mustangs and the Medford Rogues, an independent collegiate wood bat team. Named for the Harry & David Corporation, which has its world headquarters located just south of the ballpark, it was the brainchild of local businessman Gary Miller.

Opened 14 years ago in 2005, the ballpark replaced the demolished Miles Field, which was about a mile (1.6 km) up Highway 99, now a Walmart. Construction of the ballpark was never completed,[1] and it is off-limits to professional teams under an agreement reached between the stadium and the city, which allows only amateur baseball and other community events.[2]

It was initially thought that Harry & David Field was a part of the U.S. Cellular Community Park complex, but has been since determined that it is a separate entity. From 2012 to 2013, the stadium underwent a major renovation and expansion to accommodate the new Medford Rogues. The city's last minor league team, the Southern Oregon Timberjacks of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, arrived in 1979 as the Medford A's. After 21 seasons at Miles Field, they left in October 1999 for British Columbia and became the Vancouver Canadians.[3]

The elevation of the natural grass playing field is approximately 1,420 feet (430 m) above sea level. It is aligned nearly due north (north by east); the recommended orientation (home plate to center field) is east-northeast.[4]

See also

References

  1. "Medford takes initial steps toward WCL team". Ballpark Digest. June 28, 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. Baseball Notes, Medford Mail Tribune, July 4, 2004
  3. "Timberjacks will make move to Vancouver, B.C." Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. October 27, 1999. p. 6F.
  4. "Playing Field Orientation – Rule 1.04". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
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