HELFAER FIELD – A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Last year I visited Milwaukee’s Miller Park for the first time and boy did the Brewers ever get it right! Not so much with their new ballpark, but with Helfaer Field which sits where old County Stadium used to be. County Stadium holds fond memories for me as it’s the place where I saw my first major league baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and my Chicago White Sox. It was the annual Boys Benefit Game held April 7, 1968, the game didn’t count, but try telling that to a couple of kids out to see their heroes duke it out, my cousin Bill bleeding Cubbie blue and me being a rabid White Sox fan. If anybody has a scorecard from that old game, I’d sure appreciate it. And now it seems a fitting tribute that the site where I saw my first game is home to a baseball field where kids can play a little baseball.

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3 Responses to “HELFAER FIELD – A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH”

  1. Helfaer Field is an absolutely beautiful idea by the folks behind Miller Park. It looks just like a major league field but with Little League dimensions, and it’s groomed with the same level of care that impresses you whenever you see a major league diamond (one with real grass, that is). Anyone know if they charge extra to get on the field or is is by special invite only?

  2. C’mon Teddy, they painted the outline of the old diamond in the parking lot of Comiskey: what more could you want?

    :-)

  3. GOOD POINT!!! They put Stroger “County” Hospital’s parking lot over West Side Ballpark (where the Cubbies won their 1908 Championship), not even a sign there.

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