Baseball fans, this one's for you! We're diving into the diamond's rich history, from the legendary Lassies to the iconic Marsh Field.

Baseball base at Marsh Field

The Muskegon Lassies Steal the Show

Remember the AAGPBL from "A League of Their Own"? The Lassies were there from the start, taking the field at Marsh Field in 1946. They drew large crowds, becoming a favorite local pastime. The dazzling new light towers – a first for the stadium – likely contributed to the exciting night games.

Key Players

But the Lassies weren't just crowd pleasers. In 1947, they clinched the pennant with Doris Sams at the helm. A pitching ace, Sams even threw a perfect game that year, solidifying her status among the league's elite. Consistent at the plate too, she maintained a batting average over .300 in her final four seasons. Chronicle's James F. Henderson called her 'calm and cool at all times, the tempering force of the team.' 'Sammy' was a force to be reckoned with, indeed. This pitcher-turned-outfielder's versatility earned her All-Star honors at both positions! She even became the league's Player of the Year in 1947. Her legacy lives on – the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame honored her with a limited-edition bobblehead in 2021.

Doris Sams Bobble Head

The Lassies weren't a one-woman show, though. Muskegon produced other AAGPBL stars like Beatrice "Bea" Allard, a fireballer with a deceptive sidearm delivery cut short by injury. Following in her footsteps was Doris "Little Cookie" Cook, another talented pitcher and outfielder who even reunited with her sister Donna "Cookie" Cook on the South Bend Blue Sox. These sisters, both Muskegon natives, left their mark on the AAGPBL, earning spots in the Baseball Hall of Fame's "Women in Baseball" exhibit and the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Impact and Legacy

The Lassies played at Marsh Field until 1950, leaving a lasting legacy that celebrates the women who redefined the game. Their stories are a permanent part of Muskegon's history, reminding us that baseball heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

Green Historical Marker for Marsh Field stands in front of blue wall

Marsh Field: A Century of Baseball

Marsh Field isn't just a ballpark, it's a time capsule! This historic diamond opened in 1916 and has seen it all, from high school games to minor league affiliates. Imagine catching a game at the same spot where the Lassies once dominated!

Charles Marsh, a local baseball champion, spearheaded the ballpark's construction. Marsh Field became a hub for minor league teams, even boasting over 6,000 seats at its peak.

Blue and Red Muskegon Clippers baseball Hat sits on wooden bench

Baseball Tradition

Today, the Muskegon Clippers carry the torch, continuing the tradition at this historic venue. So next time you're there, take a moment to appreciate the echoes of baseball history that fill the air. The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd connect you to generations of Muskegon baseball fans, from those who cheered on the Lassies to the Clippers supporters of today.