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Henley Field

Henley Field
Full name Athletic Park (1925-1942)
Clare “Doc” Henley Ball Park (1942 to present)
Location 1125 North Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805-4645
Owner Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department
(Pending sale to Florida Southern College)
Operator Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department
Capacity 1,000
Field size

Left - 325 ft.
Left Center - 365 ft.
Center - 420 ft.
Right Center - 385 ft.

Right - 330 ft.
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1922
Opened March 17, 1925
Renovated 2002
Construction cost $
Tenants
Lakeland Highlanders (FSL) (1923-1926)
Cleveland Indians (AL) (1924-1927)
Detroit Tigers (AL) (1934-1942, 1946-1965)
Lakeland Pilots (FIL) (1946-1950, 1952)
Lakeland Patriots (FIL) (1951)
Lakeland Pilots (FSL) (1953-1955)
Lakeland Indians (FSL) (1960)
Lakeland Giants (FSL) (1962)
Lakeland Tigers (FSL) (1963-1964, 2002)
Florida Southern College Moccasins (SSC) (1960s-present)
Henley Field
Henley Field is located in Florida
Location Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
Coordinates
Built 1925
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
Governing body Local government
NRHP Reference # 97000458
Added to NRHP May 23, 1997

Henley Field is a historic site in Lakeland, Florida. It is located at 1125 North Florida Avenue. Clare Henley, for whom the park was named in 1942, encouraged its construction in an effort to persuade a professional baseball team to train there. On May 23, 1997, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The ballpark was renovated prior to the 2002 season at a cost of $250,000. Joker Marchant Stadium, current home of the Detroit Tigers spring games, and Flying Tigers Florida State League games, was renovated during the 2002 season. Henley was renovated to enable the FSL Tigers to play at the historic ballpark during the 2002 season.[1]

Henley Field was used as the home ballpark of the fictional Class D Tampico Stogies in the 1987 HBO movie Long Gone which starred William Petersen and Virginia Madsen. During the film the stadium was known as Smythe Field.[2]

On September 2, 2015 the City of Lakeland announced it would sell Henley Field for $1 million to United Methodist Church affiliated Florida Southern College whose baseball team have used the park for the past 55 years.[3]

Due to the renovation of nearby Joker Marchant Stadium the Lakeland Flying Tigers which is the High End 'A' Minor League baseball club for the Detroit Tigers will play at Henley Field for the duration of their 2016 season.

References

  1. ^ Rick Rousos (2002-04-04). "Historic Henley Field Is a Trip Back in Time for Players". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  2. ^ Long Gone at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ City of Lakeland to sell historic Henley Field to Florida Southern College for $1 million dollars

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Polk County listings at National Register of Historic Places
  • Henley Field Ball Park at Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs
  • Henley Field Views – ‘’Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues’’
  • Digital Ballparks: Henley Field Ballpark
  • Ballpark Reviews: Henley Field Ballpark

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