McCormick Field

30 Buchanan Pl Asheville

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McCormick Field

Lewis McCormick Field is a baseball stadium in Asheville, North Carolina. It is the home field of the Asheville Tourists minor league baseball team. As befits the hilly city of Asheville, the ballpark sits on a section of level ground partway up one of the city's hills, providing a picturesque atmosphere. It is the oldest minor-league park in regular use.

History

The ballpark was built in 1924 and was named after Asheville resident Lewis McCormick. It has been home to the various incarnations of the Asheville Tourists team, and also served as the home field for the Asheville Blues of the Negro Southern League during the 1940s. The facility was renovated in 1959 and then rebuilt in concrete between the 1991 and 1992 seasons, replacing the largely wood structure. The 1992 ballpark kept a similar layout to the original McCormick Field. The height of the fence behind the cozy right field area, which was in the vicinity of just 300 feet (91 m) away from home plate, was more than tripled, as it now stands 36 feet (11 m) tall (nearly the same height as Fenway Park's "Green Monster").

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Other Uses

The ballpark served as one of the settings for the 1988 film Bull Durham. The venue hosted the 2009 Big South Conference Baseball Tournament, won by Coastal Carolina.

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