Historic Hicks Field
Historic Hicks Field is a baseball only stadium located in
Edenton, North Carolina. The stadium is home to the John A. Holmes High School Aces as well as the Edenton Steamersof the Coastal Plain League.
Hicks Field was built as a WPA project in 1939 at the corner of East Freemason and Woodward, adjacent to John A. Holmes High School
The main structure is a wood grandstand with a roof that was built to accommodate slightly more than 500 people. The main grandstand is the oldest remaining wooden grandstand of its type in North Carolina. Hicks Field was home to minor league baseball and semipro teams up until 1952, including the Edenton Colonials of the original Coastal Plain League, the Albemarle League, and the Virginia League. The Albemarle League was well known for its baseball prominence throughout the area as collegiate players would grace areas such as Elizabeth City, Hertford, Edenton, Windsor and Williamston for a summer full of great baseball.
Hicks Field was also the long time spring training site for a number of minor league teams during the 1940's, including Binghamton NY, and Reading, PA. In 1995, Hicks Field was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Players such as Bob Feller and other major league all-stars have stepped foot inside this historic stadium. In 1946 Hicks Field played host to arguably one of the best games of that era as an Albemarle League all-star team faced off against a major league all star team composed of players from the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox. The Albemarle team was defeated but for the 4,500 in attendance they were treated to some of the best players in all of baseball.
In 1997 Hicks Field underwent extensive renovations including a complete remodeling of the main grandstand behind home plate and the addition of two new grandstands; one down the first baseline and one down the third baseline as well. New bathrooms were built. as well as a manual wooden scoreboard that was placed in right field as well as double decking the outfield fence in left field to give Hicks a “Fenway Park” feel. After all of the renovations were complete Hicks Field grew in capacity to seat 1,200 people and gives off a nostalgic feeling that can rival any major league baseball stadium.
In 1998 the
Edenton Steamerswere formed in the new Coastal Plain Leaguesummer collegiate baseball league. Hicks Field continues to host the Steamers, Edenton-Holmes high school baseball, American Legion Post 40 contests, and various tournaments in the summer. In 2004 Baseball America(regarded as the definitive baseball publication in the sport) rated Historic Hicks Field the #2 summer collegiate venue in the country.
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