Extreme Baseball Fields (Geographically, at least)

…and we’re back! And today, we’re doing a little bit of a geography lesson, finding the most extreme baseball fields in the United States! No, I don’t mean that they are “extreme” as in “radical”, I’m talking extreme as in geographical: the highest, lowest, northernmost, etc.

Northernmost Baseball Field in the USA:

By definition, this has to be in Alaska. Presumably, it would be in Barrow, Alaska. Barrow is the northernmost town in America, and, guess what? They have a diamond! Oh, it’s all dirt and gravel (it’s hard growing grass in the arctic circle) and looks like it’s also used for softball as well, or perhaps Little league, but I’ll count it. It’s not far from Barrow’s schools, which makes me think it’s for their use. It can be found at 71.290189,-156.75865.

Here’s how it looks on Google Maps:

And here’s a “bird’s eye” image of it from Bing:

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 3.18.21 PMNorthernmost Baseball Field in the Lower 48:

Due to a quirk of history and a mapmaking error, the northernmost part of the Lower 48 is the Northwest Angle in Minnesota. However, not many people live there, and based on looking using Bing and Google Maps, I couldn’t find any baseball fields. This doesn’t mean that there definitely aren’t any, of course, merely that I couldn’t find any sort of permanent structures. If you live there or have visited there and are willing to correct me, let me know.

Instead, it’s likely that the Northernmost Baseball Field in the Lower 48 is in one of the border towns of Washington State. For example, there is this group of diamonds in Sumas, Washington (Bing calls these “Howard Bowen Memorial Park”):

The northernmost of these is at about 48.989888 degrees north. On the other hand, though, Blaine, WA has these High School fields ever so slightly more to the North, at around 48.992121 degrees north:

There are no doubt plenty of other fields in border areas that are ever so slightly north, and it would likely take awhile to find where, exactly, the northernmost ballfield in the lower 48 is. Still, you now have two good candidates.

Southernmost Ballfield in the USA:

Hawaii is by far the southernmost of the United States, with Naalehu being the southernmost town, located on the Big Island and being home to about 919 people. And guess what you can find there, at about 19.06045 degrees north?

A baseball diamond! Bing calls it “Naalehu Park” and it looks like this from the air:

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 3.53.19 PMGiven that basically everything south of Naalehu is fields, farms, parks and scientific facilities (radio antennae, etc.) this is almost certainly the southernmost ballfield in America.

Southernmost Baseball Field in the Lower 48:

While there are some small softball fields (as in, so small there’s no way they can be used for baseball) more to the south of it, I’m going to say it’s this field in Key West:

Easternmost Baseball Field in the USA:

None of the Aleutian Islands that jut past the 180th meridian have ballfields, or even much as far as inhabitants, so far as I can tell. So the easternmost field is in Maine.

One possibility are these all-dirt fields (seen here in the dead of winter, so you have to look closely for them):

These are near an Elementary School, so it’s likely that, in addition to being softball fields, they serve as baseball fields for kids.

Westernmost Baseball Field in the USA:

The westernmost parts of the USA are in Alaska, in the Aleutians. There is a small field near Adak, Alaska, not far from an airport and a school, meaning it likely is used by school kids for baseball and softball. Another possibility is this field in Unalaska.

Westernmost Baseball Field in the Lower 48:

Probably this diamond in Port Orford, Oregon:

Highest Baseball Field in the USA:

Probably one of the fields in Leadville, Colorado. I don’t know how to check altitudes on them in a quick and accurate manner.

Lowest Baseball Field in the USA:

Calipatria, California is the lowest city in the Western Hemisphere, 180 feet below sea level. And, guess what? It’s local High School is the site of what is likely the lowest baseball field in America, unless there’s some place in Death Valley I don’t know about:

Have any corrections? Let me know. Also let me know if you live at or near those places- I’ll put up any pictures you send me.

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Random Thing: Former Major League Stadiums That Are Still Standing

The (exhibition) return of Olympic Stadium got me to thinking for no real reason: What are other former MLB stadiums that are still standing? I don’t mean cases where they knocked down almost the whole thing but kept the diamond there (as has happened at Tiger Stadium), or cases where they demolished most but not all of the stadium and then it was made into something totally different (as with what used to be Braves Field).  I’m talking about actual former stadiums that are still standing and could, in theory, still be used for baseball.

I came up with this list:

I can’t think of any others… can you?